Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2018 The Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal recipient

Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2018 The Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal recipient

Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2018 The Independent Publisher Book Award (the “IPPYs”) gold medal recipient for her book Holodomor: Silenced Voices of the Starved Children in the European region, non-fiction category. 

 

A collection of forty stories told from first-hand experiences of the Ukrainian terror-famine of 1932-33 by survivors who later migrated to Western Australia, Holodomor: Silenced Voices of the Starved Children is edited by Lesa Melnyczuk-Morgan, PhD and Philip Webster, and published by Carina Hoang Communications (Subiago, Western Australia).

Documentary «Human with a Stool» goes on a tour across the cities of the US

Documentary «Human with a Stool» goes on a tour across the cities of the US

«Human with a Stool» – an adventure documentary film about the last trip of a traveler and director Leonid Kanter. In 2004, in the casual Kyiv apartment, a group of film students came up with a simple but insane adventure «With a stool to the ocean»: to bring four wooden stools to the shores of four oceans.

The film documents the final, fourth trip to the Pacific Ocean, which lasted a year. Leonid recorded everything that surrounded him, and turned his life into cinema. Having returned to Ukraine travelers were met with war.

The documentary «Human with a Stool» should have been a manifesto for eternally strong human dreams and its powerful actions toward them. However, life itself changed the scenario.

Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka who was the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature and a leading figure in its modernist movement. She was also known as an activist for the advancement of political, civil and women’s rights.

The daughter of intellectuals, Lesya Ukrainka had a number of influential people to mentor her from a young age. Her mother, Olha Drahomanova-Kosach, was better known by her penname Olena Pchilka, and was a publisher, writer, interpreter and civil activist, and her mother’s brother (Lesya’s uncle) was renowned scientist, philosopher, historian and public figure, Mykhaylo Drahomanov. Lesya’s father, Petro Kosach, was a strong advocate for the progress of Ukrainian culture, providing financial support for publishing Ukrainian literature. Her brother, Mykhaylo, also gained recognition in the literary world where he was known by the penname of Mykhaylo Obachny.

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course with classes for both beginners and people with advanced knowledge. The courses last for 10 weeks and take place in spring and fall. This spring, Intermediate students will meet on Tuesdays from March 5, and beginners on Wednesdays from March 6. The cost is $350.00 for 10 weeks.

If you are interested, please email us at info@ukrainianinstitute.org or call 212-288-8660.

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Today, November 24, 2018, marks the Holodomor Remembrance Day and the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor. Since 2006 it takes place every year on the fourth Saturday of November. On this day people in Ukraine and all over the world are lighting candles in memory of those killed during the genocide of 1932-33.

Ukrainian Cultural Pavilion Shines at 92Y Street Fest ’18

Ukrainian Cultural Pavilion Shines at 92Y Street Fest ’18

On Sunday, September 30th, the Ukrainian Institute of America third year in a row has organized Ukrainian Pavilion at 92Y’s Street Fest.

92nd Street Y’s Annual Street Fest, a multi-stage event spanning 15 blocks along Lexington Ave (79th to 94th Streets) on New York City’s Upper East Side. 92Y’s Street Fest is a public outdoor festival with performances and activities for adults and children. It has over 50,000 people in attendance.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin for his recognition of the genocidal nature of the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine.