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    Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute 2007 Open for Enrollment

    The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) was developed by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) to offer college and graduate level courses in the west in Ukrainian topics—the only program of its kind in North America. For summer 2007 it is offering an intensive eight week curriculum of accredited university instruction in Ukrainian studies which will run from Monday, June 25 through Friday, August 17, 2007. The program is sponsored jointly by the Harvard University Summer School and HURI and has offered courses since 1971.

    Intensive Ukrainian language training is a principal focus of the program. It is proficiency based, and is aimed at developing communications skills in a variety of real-life situations. An entry test determines placement. The language program relies on Harvards extensive language resources including a library of recorded material, video films and programs, access to Ukrainian radio and tv news and other programs, regular language labs, and extracurricular activities aimed at creating a near immersion language environment.

    Students enrolled in the program can take advantage of Harvards many research and instructional facilities—including the largest Ucrainica library collection outside of Eastern Europe—various museums, and a state-of-the art language resource center. Over the years participants have included undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals from North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and western and eastern Europe and Russia. Many students now come from Ukraine, taking advantage of new academic opportunities but also themselves serving as a resource on present day Ukraine for other students.

    Speaking of the summer program HURI Director Michael S. Flier said, Over the summer we offer a range of Ukrainian language courses taught by our experienced staff: Alla Parkhomenko (beginning), Yuri Shevchuk (intermediate), and Volodymyr Dibrova (advanced). Additionally, students can take topical courses from specialists in the fields of literature (George G. Grabowicz on reassessing the 20th-century Ukrainian literary canon), political science (Alexander Motyl on theoretical approaches to current Ukrainian politics), and socio-linguistics (Michael S. Flier on the competition between the Ukrainian and Russian languages in Ukraine and the phenomenon of the hybrid, surzhyk). And finally, through the lectures, roundtable discussions, films, and readings, HUSI participants gain a valuable broad perspective on current Ukrainian history and culture.

    Students are required to enroll for a minimum of eight units of undergraduate or graduate credit from the following courses offered this summer.

    Beginning Ukrainian (8 Units) (course #30227). Taught by Alla Parkhomenko, British Council, Ukraine

    An intensive course for students with little or no knowledge of Ukrainian. Basic grammatical structures are introduced and reinforced through an active oral approach. By the end of the course students are expected to develop the ability to conduct short conversations in a range of familiar situations related to daily activities, understand simple factual texts, and write routine messages. They will be able to initiate, maintain and bring to a close simple exchanges by asking and responding to simple questions. A variety of genuine sources will be used to establish an authentic environment

    Intermediate Ukrainian (8 Units) (course #31593). Taught by Yuri I. Shevchuk, Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University

    Development of students' conversational skills in a variety of real life communicative settings is given priority treatment in the course. This is accompanied by a review of basic structures and further expansion of grammar fundamentals. Major emphasis is placed on the development of vocabulary through readings and viewing videotaped programs focusing on contemporary cultural and political issues. By the end of the course, students will be able to narrate and describe in major time frames and deal effectively with unanticipated complications in most informal, and some formal settings on topics of personal and general interest. Prerequisite: Beginning Ukrainian or the equivalent.

    Advanced Ukrainian; (8 Units) (course #30230). Taught by Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

    This is an intensive course for students who wish to enhance their mastery of the language. Reading selections include annotated articles on contemporary issues in business, economics, politics, and culture. Short written reports and oral presentations will be part of the course. By the end of the course the students will be able to discuss extensively a wide range of general interest topics and some special fields of interest, hypothesize, support opinions and deal with linguistically unfamiliar situations. Classes will be conducted primarily in Ukrainian.

    20th Century Ukrainian Literature: Rethinking the Canon (4 Units) (course #31790). Taught by George G. Grabowicz, the Dmytro Chyzhevs'kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University

    A survey of the major writers and works of Ukrainian literature from the 1920s through the present with a special focus on how their reception and evaluation has been reconfigured by Ukraines independence. The course will examine among others such movements and developments as modernism, the executed renaissance (rozstriliane vidrodzhennia), socialist realism, the literature of dissent and emigration, underground literature and post-modernism through close readings of representative works.

    Prerequisites: reading knowledge of Ukrainian or permission of the Instructor.

    Ukraine as Linguistic Battleground (4 Units) (course #31791) Taught by Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University

    An exploration of the Ukrainian language in linguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, anthropological, and political terms. Topics will include the historical emergence of Ukrainian on East Slavic territory, its varied relationships to Russian, the status of Rusyn within the Ukrainian language sphere, the typology and function of Ukrainian linguistic hybrids (surzhyk), current problems of Ukrainian standardization, and Ukrainian language politics.

    Theorizing Ukraine: Politics, Theory, and Political Theory (4 units) (course #31654). Taught by Alexander J. Motyl, Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

    A historically and comparatively informed examination of social science approaches to conceptualizing and theorizing politics and political developments in Ukraine. The course investigates concepts and theories of the state, revolution, nation, nationalism, empire, elite, socialism, totalitarianism, transition, civil society, modernization, political culture, and democracy. Both concepts and theories will be discussed in relation to one another, in light of modern Ukrainian history, and with reference to other countries.

    In speaking about the upcoming summer program, HURI Director Michael S. Flier also pointed out that as in past years, students have the opportunity to come to Harvard in the summer to immerse themselves in a unique, intensive Ukrainian experience they will not soon forget.

    A wide variety of special events will supplement the Institutes academic offerings. The program for 2007 includes guest lectures by prominent faculty, roundtable discussions with visiting scholars on current events in Ukraine, and cultural presentations, such as screenings of Ukrainian films and readings by a number of noted Ukrainian authors.

    The Summer Program in Ukrainian Studies was launched in 1970 by Professor Omeljan Pritsak, the HURIs co-founder to maintain and strengthen a solid foundation of Ukrainian studies in the West and to open the Ukrainian course offerings at Harvard to college students at other institutions. For the first 20 years HUSI students were primarily a mix of "heritage students" - children and grandchildren of the Ukrainian diaspora - and smaller numbers who were studying Ukrainian language, culture or history as part of their own purely academic pursuits.

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the declaration of Ukrainian independence, the mix of students has changed substantially. The number of heritage students has declined, while the numbers of academically engaged students, especially graduate students, has increased. Even senior scholars specializing in Russian or east European studies have enrolled in order to gain familiarity with a country previously on the periphery of their interests. An important new component in the student body has been comprised of practitioners in such fields as government service, journalism, and business. Finally, the program has benefited immensely from the strong new presence of students from Ukraine. Most of the Ukrainian students who come are outstanding young, future academics, or professionals. These students meet and network with scholars and the other students who attend the program.

    As a result, HUSI's mission has expanded and while still supporting Ukrainian studies in the West, it also serves to break down the barriers isolating Ukrainian studies in Ukraine from the rest of the world. And this has benefited the advancement of true scholarship on both sides. Many American and Ukrainian HUSI students have become life-long contacts and professional collaborators. Ukrainian HUSI alumni often go on to greater academic achievement or reform in their home country. Take for instance Lviv National Universitys Center for Master's Program Development in Sociology and Cultural Studies. The director, Iryna Starovoyt, is a HUSI alumna, and many of the Centers faculty are also HUSI alumni. This center supports some of the most sophisticated and up-to-date graduate education and research in Ukraine, and is instituting a reformed doctoral curriculum that will serve as a model for other academic departments and institutions in Ukraine.

    In its 36 year history HUSI has welcomed more than two thousand students and boasts some outstanding alumni including Father Borys Gudziak, rector of Ukrainian Catholic University; Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University; Federigo Argentieri, Professor of History at John Cabot University in Rome who was instrumental in getting Robert Conquests Harvest of Sorrow published in Italian; Kazuo Nakai, a prominent specialist in Ukrainian studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan; and William Gleason, the first director of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine and currently working at the US Foreign Service Institute. Kateryna Yushchenko, the First Lady of Ukraine is also an alumna.

    Alex Dillon will be returning for his third summer as HUSI Director. Dillon earned his Ph.D. in Ukrainian History at Harvard University in 2003. His dissertation, supervised by Professor Roman Szporluk, was on "The Rural Cooperative Movement and Problems of Modernization in Tsarist and Post-Tsarist Southern Ukraine, 1871-1920." He has taught European, Eastern European, Russian and Ukrainian history at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, where he served as an international visiting fellow under the auspices of the Open Society Institute.

    Admission to the program is based on academic performance, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be 19 years old or have completed one year of college; exceptional high school students may be considered through the Secondary School Program. They must submit the Harvard Summer School registration form, the non refundable $50 registration fee (payable to Harvard Summer School), a separate Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute application form (available on the Institutes website: (http//, and the supplementary materials that are listed on that form by May 25 to Ms. Tamara Nary, Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, 1583 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138. (Applications sent after February 23 need to be sent to 34 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138.) International applicants must include Summer School Form F with their applications. If they are requesting an I-20 form for US visa application from the Summer School, they must submit all materials by April 27.

    Although full tuition for the Harvard Summer School is $4,550, students enrolled in the HUSI program pay a subsidized tuition rate $2,650 for eight units of credit. Applicants with demonstrated financial need may qualify for further fee reductions but must apply by April 16 for consideration.

    For further information, contact the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute at (617) 495-7833.

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