51st Ukrainian Day Festival announced

CT State Ukrainian Day Committee announces that the 51st Ukrainian Day Festival will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at St. Basil’s Seminary in Stamford, CT..

The first Festival Committee Meeting for this year will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2 :00 p.m., at The Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, 255 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.

Those interested in working on the festival committee are invited to attend.

For information, contact Roman Stanislavskyy or Gloria Horbaty (203-269-5909).

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, Book Talk with Marci Shore

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, Book Talk with Marci Shore

Friday, February 16, 2018 – 12:30pm

The presentation and discussion will take place at Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE), room 202, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Discussion with author Marci Shore, associate professor of History at Yale University.

While the world watched the uprising in Ukraine during the winter of 2013-14 as an episode in geopolitics, the author contends, those in that country lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.

In this book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore blends a narrative of choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it — and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she strives to provide a lesson about human solidarity in a world where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.

Marci Shore, associate professor of History at Yale University. A brief biography of Dr. Shore may be found here.

Anne Applebaum speaking at Yale

The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Society will be hosting a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum on Tuesday, February 13, at Yale University in Linsly-Chittenden Hall 317 at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Laszlo Gendler.

Ms. Applebaum recently published Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.

Mention of Applebaum and her new book was noted on this parish blog here.

An article on the book by George Weigel.

My Ukrainian American Story

Parish hosting new book signing

Adrianna Bamber will be meeting us to introduce her new book, My Ukrainian American Story on Sunday at the Ukrainian Women’s League bazaar. Bamber attended our own Ridna Shkola. As the author/illustrator, Ms. Bamber will be signing and selling her books after each Divine Liturgy in our hall on Sunday, December 10th.

Journey with female protagonist, Oksana as she shares her Ukrainian American experience. Thirty-eight pages of detailed color illustrations transport you through Oksana’s vibrant world filled with the customs, dance, food, craft, music and holiday traditions passed down from generations of Ukrainians. Oksana’s appreciation of her culture empowers children to celebrate their heritage.

You can find more information about Ms. Bamber’s new book here: www.myukrainianamericanstory.com

Ukraine at a Crossroads –Yale seminar


Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Watson Center (WTS), 60 Sachem Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Four years have passed since the Revolution of Dignity began in Ukraine. The country faced war, the annexation of Crimea, and millions of internally displaced persons. At the same time, Ukraine was pushing a reform agenda with major involvement from the international community and civil society. Today, the nation is in a time of transition. Pension, medical and educational reforms were introduced only during the last 2 months. Despite many changes in place, a high level of corruption still remains.

While the future is uncertain and the tipping point has not passed, the question is: What can make Ukraine a success story? How can it avoid being treated as a failed state? What is a bigger priority now: democracy, economy or rule of law? These issues will be discussed by three World Fellows (Taras Shevchenko ‘17, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk ‘15, and Andriy Shevchenko ‘08), joined by the executive director of the IMF. They will speak about possible future scenarios for their country and will share their views on how to achieve success in a difficult situation.


  • Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, social activist, founder of the Centre for Economic Strategy and lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (2015 World Fellow)
  • Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada (2008 World Fellow)
  • Taras Shevchenko, director of Center for Democracy and Rule of Law (2017 World Fellow)


  • Vladyslav Rashkovan, alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund

To RSVP for the talk, please email taras.shevchenko@yale.edu

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Holodomor | Ukrainian Genocide

November is the month of commemoration to honor the victims of the 1932-1933 genocide-famine in Ukraine.

A website curating all sorts of events, resources, and reflections on the Holodomor can be found here. This website is work of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33.

This year it is the 85th Anniversary of this VERY tragic event of human history.

Anne Applebaum’s “Red Famine”

Anne Applebaum’s book, Red Famine is spoken of as a major contribution to the public recognition of the state-orchestrated famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine during which estimated 4 million Ukrainian died. The book puts the story of the forced famine (Holodomor) in the context of the Russian imperial, early Soviet (Leninist and Stalinist), as well as post-Soviet attempts to subjugate Ukraine. Red Famine integrates newly available archival evidence into an account that is compelling and well-written. Of special value is Applebaum’s attention to the politics of memory and the relentless attempts by the Soviet and the present-day Russian government to distort, diminish, and suppress the memory of the genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

One reviewer said, “If you want to have one book in your library on the Ukrainian Holocaust of 1932-1933, this is the book to own and read. Get a copy of Red Famine.

The author is a columnist for the Washington Post and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian. Applebaum is a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’s Institute of Global Affairs where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Previous history books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956,  Gulag: A History (for which she won a Pulitzer in 2004); as a cookbook author she has From a Polish Country House Kitchen, and a travelogue writer, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe. 

Anne Applebaum, 53, is a native of Washington, DC, she graduated from Yale University, was a Marshall Scholar at the LSE and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Anne is married to Radoslaw Sikorski, a Polish politician and writer. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.