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FULBRIGHT is happy to announce the start of our new virtual events season. On the Day of Knowledge 2022, the Fulbright Program in Ukraine will be holding a Public Lecture by Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak "Smudged Narrative: Why Ukrainians Differ from Russians".


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Thursday, September 1, 6 PM Kyiv time

Public Lecture by Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak

Smudged Narrative: Why Ukrainians Differ from Russians


The first World War (the Great War) was fought in my mother’s garden. My father took part in it and in the Ukrainian Liberation Struggle that followed. I was one year old when Germany invaded Poland and began the Second World War. With the outbreak of WWII, my immediate family began its decade of wandering that ended in the historic city of Philadelphia.


An octogenarian now, after a lifetime of studying and practicing history, I see the images of Putin’s desperate attempts to outdo Peter I of Russia in thrashing Ukraine. The destruction of Baturyn at the beginning of the 18th century outdid the destruction of Kyiv in the 13th, those horrors were a foreshadowing of the pounding of Ukraine, of making the country a large Mariupol.


I spent my life studying and teaching the history of Russian societies. As I branched into Eastern Europe and Ukraine, I had to explain both in academia and in public that, no, Ukraine is not the same as Russia. The issue is now flipped – why are the Ukrainians different from the Russians? Why are Ukrainians, generation after generation, in one way or another, compelled to affirm an individualized, non-Russian identity?



Martha BOHACHEVSKY-CHOMIAK, Ph.D. was the Director of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine in 2000-2006. Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ukraine at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 1992-1993, and at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 1997-1998. Her research interests include Ukrainian social and intellectual history, women's studies. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak is emeritus professor of history at Manhattanville College, has taught at the George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Seton Hall University, Catholic University of America, Farleigh Dickinson University and Harvard University. Also, she was a Senior Program Officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1985-2000.



The author of numerous scholarly and academic publications, including “Feminists Despite Themselves: Women in Ukrainian Community Life, 1884-1939” (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1988), “Political Communities and Gendered Ideologies in Contemporary Ukraine” (Harvard Papers in Ukrainian Studies, 1994), “S.N. Trubetskoi: An Intellectual Among the Intelligentsia Prerevolutionary Russia” (Belmont, Mass.: Nordland Press, 1976) etc. John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta, called Bohachevsky-Chomiak’s most recent book “Ukrainian Bishop, American Church” (Catholic University of America Press, 2018) “a model work of transnational, Ukrainian and American, history that illuminates issues too often neglected in both Ukrainian studies and the scholarship on American Catholicism”.



Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak is the winner of many fellowships and awards, the Doctor Honoris Causa at Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, 2013. She holds a B.A. University of Pennsylvania and M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University.

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