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IU holds “Ukrainian Week at IU” to mark anniversary of Russian invasion


Ukrainian scholars and Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies are collaborating to host “Ukrainian Week at IU” to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which will occur Feb. 24.  

This week kicked off with the “Art Song of Ukraine” concert on Sunday, which featured performances by IU Jacobs School of Music students and Ukrainian composers. This performance was coached and accompanied by a Professor at Jacobs School of Music, Allan Armstrong, according to IU News, 

The concert was organized by the IU-Ukraine Nonresidential Scholars Program, Ukrainian Week co-organizers, the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, and the Ukrainian Studies Organization. 

On Feb. 15, IU’s Alexander Hamilton Society hosted Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, to talk about the future of US support for Ukraine.  

Currently, the future of assistance for Ukraine from the US is uncertain in Congress. According to PBS, The Senate passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, but it is unclear what will happen in the House of Representatives. During her visit, Schake advocated for US aid for Ukraine to students and faculty.  

Ukrainian Week will also feature a film screening of “Ukraine’s Stolen Children” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Hamilton Lugar School’s Shreve Auditorium.  

This documentary is about Russia’s forced deportation of Ukrainian children in occupied territory to Russia. It features children who were sent to Russia and kept there for months, where they were told they were being kept there for safety reasons, according to the Guardian. Additionally, it features Putin’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, mothers of deported children and Ukrainian lawyers.  

 At the end of the week, a poster exhibition on the Holodomor will open Friday in the Hamilton Lugar School’s first-floor Southwest classroom wing. The Holodomor was a manufactured famine by the Soviet government under Joseph Stalin, which killed 3.9 million people, according to the University of Minnesota. The Indiana Slavic Choir will perform at the poster exhibition opening. 

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