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 April 23, 1999 Volume 6, Number 15

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Centre for studying Ukrainian heritage opened

A new centre for the study of Ukrainian heritage has been founded on campus.

The opening of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage was officially announced at a function in the Faculty Club last Saturday, with special recognition going to the Honorable Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michelene Worobetz as its founders.

The Centre, which will work with other agencies and individuals in the province, will be an academic unit in St. Thomas More College.

Its primary function will be to conduct research into social, cultural, political, and religious aspects of Ukrainian Canadian life, especially into aspects of the historic centre of Ukrainian life in Canada - the Canadian Prairies.

A press release on the Centre states that its researchers - academics, exchange scholars, writers, and graduate students - "will work toward documenting, interpreting, deliberating, assessing, and communicating to a wider audience the Ukrainian Canadian experience in its various dimensions."

Specifically, the Centre plans to engage in the following projects and activities:

  • Mohyla Lecture Series: a series of annual scholarly lectures, which have been hosted by STM since 1993, by established scholars invited to deliver a publishable paper on their current research.

  • Windows to the East: a series of annual talks/conferences offered by recognized scholars from both Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox faith traditions who would discuss aspects of the Eastern Christian faith.

  • National conferences: periodically organized around selected themes, scholars, and authorities would be invited to deliver papers and discuss aspects of the Ukrainian Canadian experience.

  • Archives Project: a project to preserve the lived experience of the Ukrainian Canadian Prairie community.

  • Heritage Centre Press: the Centre will undertake to publish proceedings and research efforts through the auspices of the Centre.

  • Scholarly exchanges: these will be established to augment the Centre's research capacity.

  • Graduate research: the Centre will support the activities and research of affiliated graduate students interested in working within its mandate.

  • Central Library: the Centre will develop a library as a supplement to the more than 20,000 volumes on Ukrainian heritage now in the University's Main Library.



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