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Colvin Center and English Department to Host April 13 Webinar on Ukraine Refugee Crisis

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Ukraine peace doveThe Stony Brook University Department of English and the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting in the School of Communication and Journalism will host a webinar, “Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis: Reports from the Region,” from 12:30 to 2 pm on Wednesday, April 13.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a crisis of displaced persons on a scale not seen in Europe since World War II, and the suffering of 10 million Ukrainians driven from their homes is heartbreaking. The consequences of this forced dislocation will linger long after the bombing subsides.

The webinar will be moderated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, SBU Department of English, and Andrzej W. Tymowski, senior advisor, International Programs of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Panelists include:

  • Wojciech Bakun, mayor of the city of Przemyśl, Poland, a city of 60,000 on the border with Ukraine that welcomed over 300, 000 refugees
  • Maria Genkin, a native of Lviv, and board member of Razom (in Ukrainian, “together”), a New York-based non-profit organization supporting the people of Ukraine
  • Natalie Gryvnyak, Ukrainian journalist reporting in the international media and founder of InFeatures Story Production
  • Alina Koushyk, Belarusian journalist, Belsat, Center for Belarusian Solidarity
  • Sławomir Sierakowski, Polish journalist, literary critic and sociologist; heads Krytyka Polityczna, a movement of new-left intellectuals
  • Marci Shore, intellectual historian, Yale University, author of The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of a Revolution

The webinar will take place online. You must register online to participate. The webinar will be conducted in English.

This panel is part of the anti-war marathon,”What should we talk about to stop the war in Ukraine?” The organizers of the marathon are scholars in the humanities and social sciences who earlier worked with the International Association for the Humanities. After Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the association had to suspend its activities.

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