Tuesday, April 1, 2014

21st J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Alexander Motyl

Poster/ Announcement of Dr. Motyl's March 14, 2014 Lecture 
Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij (U of M Dept of German & Slavic Studies) - right, Dr. Shelley Sweeney (Head, U of M  Archives & Special Collections) - centre, and Dr. Alexander Motyl (Rutgers University) - left                  

The 21st Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture took place on Friday, March 14, 2014, in the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. The guest lecturer for the event was, Dr. Alexander Motyl, a Professor of Political Science, at Rutger University (New Jersey).  His lecture titled, Will Ukraine Survive Yanukovych?, discussed the institutional devastation of Ukraine by the Yanukovych regime, examine the Euro Revolution as a response to that devastation, and evaluate Ukraine's post-Yanukovych prospects. Dr. Motyl also spoke of the reaction of Russia's Putin regime to the events in Ukraine, and how it has negatively affected Ukrainian-Russian relations.

The lecture was very well attended, and included both members of the university and external communities. The lecture was sponsored by the U of M Archives & Special Collections, the Slavic Collection (Elizabeth Dafoe Library), and the Department of German and Slavic Studies. Following the lecture, Dr. Motyl continued to answer questions at the reception that followed his talk. The complete lecture has since been place online.

Professor Motyl is a well-known scholar who has written extensively on the former Soviet Union and Ukraine, including several books, and many articles. Some of his books include: Communist Legacies and Post-Communist Trajectories: Comparative Perspectives on Ukraine and Russia (forthcoming); Holodomor Reader (Coeditor, 2012); Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires (2001); Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism (1993); and Will the Non‑Russians Rebel? State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR  (1987). He is also a prominent commentator on contemporary Ukraine, and a regular contributor to World Affairs, a core journal on international affairs. In addition, He is well known as the author of an often-cited blog, that is maintained through the World Affairs website (URL: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blogs/alexander-j-motyl )