Besieged Voices from Ukraine

Thursday, June 23, 2022

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm


Open to the Public

Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 has brought, and continues to bring, devastation to the lives of millions and has triggered Europe's greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Please join us for the second event in our series of virtual events to hear the besieged voices of a historian, a poet, and a journalist on the ground in Ukraine.

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Besieged Voices from Ukraine; a virtual event on Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 12-1pm featuring panelists Iya Kiva, Eugeny Kotlyar, and Olga Tokariuk

Russia's attack on Ukraine has caused the death and injury of thousands, the forced flight of millions, and the physical destruction of cities and towns. Please join poet Iya Kiva, art historian Eugeny Kotlyar, and journalist Olga Tokariuk, who will address the complexities of lives disrupted and the experience of unfolding war from the perspectives of their three professions.

Award-winning poet Iya Kiva’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts professor Eugeny Kotlyar is a renowned expert on Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine. And independent journalist Olga Tokariuk’s reports have been featured in (inter alia) Time and The Washington Post, and on NPR.

Co-Chairs: Elissa Bemporad and Natalya Lazar.

This event is hosted in association with:

  • The Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center—CUNY
  • The School of General Studies and Graduate Education and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Stockton University 
  • The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM