member of the Ukrainian NationalAssociation’s General Assembly, wrotetwo books, “Ukrainian-AmericanCitadel: The First Hundred Years of theUkrainian National Association” and“The Ukrainian-Americans: Roots andAspirations, 1884-1954.”He published academic articles relatedto his experience as a special assistant toPresident Gerald R. Ford and legislativeassistant to Sen. Robert Dole, as well aspapers on the Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine and Soviet attempts tocover it up.He is also the author of curriculumguides on the Famine-Genocide that havebeen used at teachers’seminars through-out the United States and have been dis-tributed by the Ukrainian NationalAssociation.The third recipient of an honoraryPh.D. from the National University of Ostroh Academy was Dr. Rudnytzky,president of the World Council of theShevchenko Scientific Society.Dr. Rudnytzky is a full member of theNational Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,president of the St. Sophia ReligiousAssociation of Ukrainian Catholics – USA,professor of Central and Eastern Europeanstudies at La Salle University (Philadelphia)and adjunct professor of Ukrainian at theUniversity of Pennsylvania.The Weekly was unable to reach Dr.Rudnytzky for comment on his recogni-tion by Ostroh Academy.Eastern Europe’s first institution of high-er education, founded in 1576 by PrinceKostiantyn Ostrozky.“It was brainstorming from differentdirections,” Dr. Wynar said. “Theyenthusiastically welcomed the idea.”By 2002, the Institute for UkrainianDiaspora Studies was up and running,“and now they want to develop it fur-ther,” he said.Dr. Wynar helped coordinate thedonations of books and journals to theinstitute, including his own collection.“Very many people have been sendingresearch materials,” he said.
Dr. Kuropas, a leader in the UkrainianAmerican community for the past fourdecades, and Dr. Leonid Rudnytzky, aformer rector of the Ukrainian FreeUniversity in Munich, also received hon-orary doctorates.Dr. Kuropas and his wife, Lesia, havebeen collecting Ukrainian diaspora dona-tions for Ostroh Academy, raising$290,000 for the university since 1999.Rector Ihor Pasichnyk has used thesefunds towards capital improvements,construction of a modern library, creationof the Institute of Ukrainian DiasporaStudies and other projects that havemade the university among the mostrespected in Ukraine.Dr. Kuropas first visited OstrohUniversity in 1995 with two colleaguesfrom Northern Illinois University, wherehe has been teaching for 21 years.“We were very impressed with whatwe saw,” Dr. Kuropas said.Dr. Kuropas has taught at OstrohAcademy in the summers of 1996, 1998and 2002, when he was a seniorFulbright scholar.Dr. Kuropas earned a bachelor’sdegree from Loyola University inChicago and master’s degree fromRoosevelt University in Chicago. Heearned his multi-disciplinary doctorate ineducational foundations from theUniversity of Chicago in 1974.Dr. Kuropas, who is an honorary
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KYIV– At a Journalists Day pressconference, on June 6, President ViktorYushchenko said he wants to establish aninternational media forum. It would beheld annually on November 22, FreedomDay, to discuss Ukraine’s role in theinternational media market.Speaking about media priorities of hisgovernment, Mr. Yushchenko said, “Ourgovernment believes the essence of ouractivity is modern and ‘capacious’infor-mation policies and freedom of the press.”He then outlined a program to resolvethe most pressing problems in that area.Mr. Yushchenko said it is important topass several laws to make journalists trulyindependent and ensure better protectionof their rights. He also insisted it is vitalto introduce so-called editorial statutes.The president said the current situationstill is unacceptable. “I think all journal-ists can agree with me,” he added. “Ibelieve journalists should more activelydemand that media owners should signeditorial statutes with them,” he said.Mr. Yushchenko characterized themedia market in Ukraine as vulnerable.“The State Television and RadioCommittee (STRC) is particularly respon-sible for its failure to formulate informa-tion policies,” he said. “We do not havepublic television. There are very few pri-vate media. These issues are still unsettledbecause there is no effective managementcenter. Last year, we spoke about relevantprograms [to develop the media market],as well as a national media concept, butnothing has been done yet,” he admitted.The president said the STRC functions“ineffectively and unsatisfactorily.” Hereminded his audience that he had earlierasked the Verkhovna Rada to dismissSTRC Chair Ivan Chyzh, and expressed hishope that the newly elected Parliament willvote for his dismissal and then politicallyevaluate the committee’s performance.Mr. Yushchenko promised to renewthe Presidential Council for InformationPolicy and also to appoint new membersof public councils at the NationalTelevision Company of Ukraine and theNational Radio Company of Ukraine.The president said public televisionmust become “a tool of mass communi-cation unaffected and uninfluenced bygovernment.” He also said it is importantto develop digital television and Internettechnologies in Ukraine.
Yushchenko to set up media forum
by Zenon Zawada
Kyiv Press Bureau
OSTROH, Ukraine – In honor of theirimmense contributions to Ukrainian cul-ture, the National University of OstrohAcademy awarded honorary doctoraldegrees to three Americans of Ukrainiandescent on May 23 during its secondinternational diaspora conference.In attendance was Dr. Lubomyr Wynar,who has been a leader of Ukrainian studiesin U.S. during the last four decades andhelped launch the Institute of UkrainianDiaspora Studies at Ostroh Academy.Other honorees were Dr. Myron B.Kuropas and Dr. Leonid Rudnytzky, whowere not present at the conference,where the announcement of their hon-orary doctorates was made.In accepting the honor, Dr. Wynarcalled for Ukrainian diaspora studies tobecome an integral part of the curriculain Ukrainian universities.“I think that the diaspora institute atOstroh Academy, and the international con-ferences in this glorious academic establish-ment, contribute to the full rebirth of Ukrainian national culture,” Dr. Wynar said.“I believe the study of diaspora hasalready been born, which will becomepart of the curriculum of Ukrainian uni-versities.”The National University of OstrohAcademy requires its students to attend twomandatory classes on the Ukrainian diaspo-ra – “Historical Studies in the Diaspora”and “Culture of the Ukrainian Diaspora.”
Promotion of diaspora studies
The university should continue tocooperate with Western scholars inreconstructing the diaspora experience asa “multi-faceted phenomenon” of Ukrainian history, Dr. Wynar said.Diaspora studies in the West aredeclining due to the limited inflow of fresh academic support, he explained.Therefore, “transferring the experienceof the Ukrainian diaspora to Ukraine is anatural event,” Dr. Wynar said. “Thediaspora is a part of the global Ukrainianhistorical process and a part of Ukrainianhistory.”Dr. Wynar has written more than 60books related to Ukrainian studies, andmore than 1,500 published articles.Since 1969 he has taught at Kent StateUniversity in Kent, Ohio, where helaunched the Center for the Study of Ethnic Publications and CulturalInstitutions and the Ethnic ResearchCenter, which published the EthnicForum academic journal.Aleader in the Ukrainian academiccommunity, Dr. Wynar founded the aca-demic journal Ukrainian Historian in1963 and launched the UkrainianHistorical Association in 1965.He was among the founders of theAssociation of Ukrainian UniversityProfessors in 1961. He was twice select-ed to lead the World Scholarly Councilof the World Congress of FreeUkrainians in 1983 and 1989.Dr. Wynar was born in Lviv in 1932 toparents who were both teachers. Hisfamily fled Ukraine in 1944.He earned degrees from the Universityof Munich, Ukrainian Free University inMunich and Case Western ReserveUniversity in Cleveland.He has taught classes in history,methods of academic research, librarystudies and cultural studies.In the mid-1990s Dr. Wynar begandiscussing ideas for establishing a dias-pora studies institute in Ukraine, similarto the Ethnic Research Center he estab-lished at Kent State.He approached Ostroh Academybecause of its historical legacy as
National University of Ostroh Academy honors three Ukrainian American scholars
THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 20063No. 24
by Dmytro Zezyulin
Special to The Ukrainian Weekly
KYIV– Ukrainian rap fans wel-comed crack dealer-turned-internationalstar 50 Cent at a June 3 concert,shelling out at least $100 each to watchthe muscle-bound tough wax about lifeon the streets of New York City.Before the outdoor pavilion in theArena City complex, hundreds of Kyivyouths threw on baggy clothes, tippedtheir baseball caps sideways and con-verged on the city’s main boulevard, theKhreschatyk, to drink beer, rap andindulge in hip hop culture.“Homie, wassup!” and “Respect,yo!” were phrases the young teens usedto greet each other as they shook handsand hugged, mimicking the gestures of American rappers such as Eminem thatthey see on Ukrainian music videochannels.The scene didn’t startle Kyiv resi-dents, who had seen enough billboardand even text-message advertising tobecome well aware that an Americanrap star was soon arriving.The fur coats, thick diamond-studdednecklaces and gold rings of 50 Centamuse Ukrainian teenagers, many of whom yearn for the romanticized versionof street life that consists of quick money,luxury cars, beautiful women and guns.When asked what appeals to themabout 50 Cent, Ukrainian hip hop fanssaid they were drawn to his music andhis image more so than the personal sto-ries of his drug-dealing life and misogy-nistic lyrics.“His lexicon isn’t normative, particu-larly towards women,” said NazarMartynenko, a 23-year-old architect. “Itdoesn’t portray him very well as a gen-tleman. But it doesn’t ruin the entireaspect of his work.”Olha Ponomarchuk, a Kyiv DJ, said50 Cent’s music is sexy and igniting.His voice’s timbre is pleasant, she said.“He sings about drugs, sex, criminal-ity,” said Ms. Ponomarchuk, 27. “ Idon’t really listen to his music for thewords, but more for his rhythms.”50 Cent also won over a fan in Ms.Ponomarchuk’s mother, Svitlana, 47,who said his voice is truly masculineand pleasant.“But I would change a lot in AfricanAmerican culture – the aggression, thedrugs and the guns,” her mother said. “Iknow this is a result of many years of degrading black-skinned people. Nowthey are saying, ‘We don’t need you, wehave our own life.’But they’re betteroff working with their creativity.”Hip hop themes aren’t entirely foreignto Ukrainians, many of whom listen to“shanson,” a Russian style of music inwhich singers romantically sing aboutpoor upbringing, a life of crime, theprison culture and life’s tragedies.50 Cent grew up in Queens, N.Y.,without his parents, and eventuallyturned to crack dealing, which landedhim in jail.“The motives behind his lyrics aresimilar to ‘shanson,’” Mr. Martynenkosaid. “He went through all of that.”Many of those arriving at the ArenaCity complex in central Kyiv merelycame to drink beer and take a look atthe muscular dude with many tattoos,and had nothing in common with thelife 50 Cent raps about.“I don’t understand his views on theworld and don’t always agree withhim,” said Yurii Chushkin, 18. “Butknowing his biography and his life, Ican understand why he refers to womenwith insolence.”Ukrainian rap has emerged in the pastdecade, led by Vkhid u ZminnomuVzutti, Vova zil Vova and OleksanderPolozhynskyi, who raps about Ukrainianyouth, society and culture.They needn’t imitate gangsta rap, Mr.Chushkin said.“In rap, you need to be talented inrhyming,” he said. “But Ukrainians don’tneed to rap on the same topics as 50Cent. Rap is the personal music of theperformer. Our world is a bit different.”
50 Cent brings his rap music to Ukraine