“Empire’s Embrace: Russia’s War Against Ukraine”

Date / Time

March 11, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Empire’s Embrace: Russia’s War against Ukraine, by Prof. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern (Northwestern University)

March 11, 2022, 12:00pm (noon) via Zoom.

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Professor Petrovsky-Shtern’s presentation will be followed by remarks on international and policy issues from E.J. Fagan (Political Science), Malgorzata Fidelis (History) and Sonia Bychkov Green (UIC Law). The panel will be moderated by Petia Kostadinova (Political Science).

Short bios:

 Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in History Department at Northwestern University. He teaches a variety of courses that include early modern and modern Jewish history; Jewish material culture; history and culture of Ukraine; and Slavic-Jewish literary interaction. His research was supported by the DAAD Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Davis Center at Harvard University, Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Lady Davis Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, among others. He has published more than a hundred articles and seven books and edited volumes, including “The Jews in the Russian Army: Drafted into Modernity” (2008, 2nd ed. 2014); “The Anti-Imperial Choice: the Making of the Ukrainian Jew” (2009); “Lenin’s Jewish Question” (2010); “Jews and Ukrainians: Polin” vol. 26 (2011, co-edited with Antony Polonsky); “Cultural Interference of Jews and Ukrainians: a Field in the Making” (2014); “The Golden-Age Shtetl: a New History of Jewish Life in East Europe,” 2014, 2nd ed. 2015); “Jews and Ukrainians: a millennium of coexistence” (2016, co-authored with Paul Robert Magocsi; 2nd ed. 2018). His essays, books and book chapters have appeared in Greek, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, and German. For his expertise, Petrovsky-Shtern has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist on Eastern Europe; a Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; a Full Professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich, a Recurrent Visiting Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, the Lady Davis Professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Kosciuszko Visiting Professor at Warsaw University, and the honorary doctor of the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv. As a keen observer of the situation in East Europe and Ukraine, Petrovsky-Shtern has appeared with commentaries at CPR, APR, NPR, Hromads’ke Radio, Radio Freedom/Free Europe, WBEZ, Al Jazeera, and also on TV at ZiK (Lviv), Espresso TV (Kyiv), WTTW, ABC, and CBS.

EJ Fagan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UIC. His research centers on political parties, Congress, think tanks, agenda setting, lobbying, and economic policy. His particularly interested in how legislatures process information and solve problems, and how party elites influence policy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a faculty associate with the Policy Agendas Project. Before academia, Prof. Fagan worked for five years in Washington, DC, where he was Deputy Communications Director for Global Financial Integrity, a research and advocacy organization studying and curtailing illicit financial flows from developing countries.

Malgorzata Fidelis teaches courses on Modern European, Eastern European, Polish, and Gender history. Her research focuses on social and cultural issues, particularly everyday life and the relationship between individuals and state power in post-1945 Eastern Europe. Her articles appeared in the American Historical Review, Journal of Women’s History, Slavic Review, Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’Histoire, and Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung among others. Her first book titled “Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland” (Cambridge University Press, 2010; Polish-language edition, WAB, 2015) is a study of female workers and communist policies in Poland. The book’s central theme explores how communist leaders and society reconciled pre-communist traditions with radically new norms imposed by the communist ideology. She is currently completing her second book, tentatively titled “Imagining the World: Youth and the Global Sixties in Poland” (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), which concerns the social and cultural history of the sixties in Poland with a particular emphasis on youth and student cultures in a transnational context.

Sonia Bychkov Green is an Associate Professor of Law and has taught law for over 25 years. She received her BA, MA and JD from the University of Chicago. While there, Professor Green was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Green has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, Lawyering Skills, and International Law and Human Rights.  Professor Green emigrated from the then-Soviet Union as a child, and has written about language laws in the former Soviet Union. Her current research projects revolve around conflicts of law, including some cutting-edge conflicts issues such as assisted reproductive technology and vaccines.


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