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Hasic, Eldin

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN;

B.А. in Political Sciences/ Economics/ Philosophy (2010)


English Teaching Assistant Program

Taurida V.I. Vernadskyi National University,


As one of the inaugural English Teaching Assistants in Ukraine, Mr. Hasic gives guest lectures to English philology students, teaches an adult TEFL course to librarians, and conducts a conversational English club at the Windows on America. He has also used his time to do Fulbright outreach and to assist students applying to American universities with essay-writing and test-taking workshops. Mr. Hasic has been taking languagelessons and look forward to starting a hiking club in the spring once the weather warms up. His Fulbright experience in Ukraine has enriched him personally and professionally. Mr. Hasic believes this experience ishelping him prepare for his dream career in diplomacy.

^ From Crimea With Love.”

This is the title of Eldin’s blog so he will use it as a title for his presentation where Eldin will talk about his work and traveling.


^ Holland, Jonathan

University of Louisville, KU;

M.А. in Higher Education (2009) ;

M.A. in Political Science (2008)


English Teaching Assistant Program

Precarpathian Vasyl Stefanyk National University,


Mr. Holland has come to Ukraine to help university students and members of the community to grasp the English language and better understand American culture and society. His activities have included conducting courses in Practical English with a concentration on American Studies at his host institution and

leading an English Language Discussion Club, open to the public, at the Windows on America Center in Ivano- Frankivsk. In addition, he is laying the groundwork in developing a study-abroad program that would give the

opportunity for American university students to travel to Ukraine.

^ Cultural Exchange in Higher Education and Community Interaction: The Experience of an English Teaching Assistant in Ukraine.”

Summary: As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Jonathan has acquired an invaluable global perspective on higher education. Working with Ukrainian students, faculty, and administrators has provided him with a singular opportunity to synthesize his background in political science, social studies, history, and higher education. Utilizing his teaching and communication skills it has been Jonathan’s goal to deepen his students’ at his host institution and community members’

understanding of American life, language, and culture as well as provide outreach and advising regarding educational opportunities through Fulbright and other U.S. government funded student exchange programs.


^ Leavitt, Chelom

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT;

B.S. in Economics (1988(;

J.D. in Law (1992);

M.S. in Marriage, Family and Human Development (2010)


The Effect of Communism and Soviet Rule on Ukrainian Families

Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv;

Ukraine 3000 Foundation,


Ms. Leavitt taught a semester long class at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University on the effects of the parent-child relationship and the effect of this relationship in a child's development. The traditions of families

influence the parent-child relationship and special attention was given to the stability of familial traditions. Ms. Leavitt also is conducting research comparing the use and strength of traditions in Eastern and Western Ukraine. She is working with Ukraine 3000 to study the influences of maintaining traditions such as

celebrations and religious rituals and how these traditions strengthen the bonds within a family.

^ Traditions and the Ukrainian Family.”

Chelom will look at the effect of routines, celebrations and rituals on the Ukrainian family. Research in the United States indicates that traditions have a positive effect on children during transition. Traditions are a protective factor in families dealing with alcoholism, death, or other disruptive events. Her research looks to see if these same effects are apparent in Ukrainian families. Chelom will also analyze the differences (if any) in the effects of traditions in Eastern Ukraine and Western Ukraine.


^ Mearn, Kaitlyn

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA;

B.A. in Mathematics (2007)

Language and Literature:

Ukrainian Language Study in Lviv

Lviv Ivan Franko National University,


Ms. Mearn is studying in an intensive Ukrainian language program and exploring the sociolinguistic and political effects that Soviet policies of Russification have had on the Ukrainian language. For the past seven months, Ms. Mearn has been enrolled in Ukrainian language classes at the Lviv Ivan Franko National University, which has allowed her to greatly improve her Ukrainian language skills. She is working with the Philology Department to analyze the current discourse and policies surrounding Ukrainian language politics.

This research helps her promote the Ukrainian language and ensure that Ukrainian does not become an "endangered" language in the future.

"Ukrainian Language Politics."

The first part of Kaitlyn’s presentation will focus on my enrollment in Ukrainian language courses at the Preparatory Faculty at Ivan Franko National University. She will discuss the program, classes, and why I chose this university. Kaitlyn will also discuss the current language issues in Ukraine. She will speak briefly about the changes in the Ukrainian language and political effects on the language during the Soviet Era and Post-Soviet period. In addition, Kaitlyn will speak about the language division between Eastern and Western Ukraine and the current political regarding the language issue.


^ Najda, Aleksander

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL;

Ph.D. Student in Art History

Art and Architectural History:

Kandinsky and Odessa: The Unwritten Chapter

Odessa M. Gorky National Scientific Library,


Mr. Najda came to Odesa to examine the lost years of the painter Vasily Kandinsky’s life and to uncover the silence around a critical period of the life of this major artist, which he consciously “erased” from his own

autobiography. Through the systematic and methodical examination of previously unknown or undisclosed documents combined with a study of Odesa’s historical and socio-political background (utilizing the rich assets of the

Odesa M. Gorky National Scientific Library), Mr. Najda is working with materials which illuminate and provide new insight into Kandinsky’s formative period.

At this point in his research he is convinced that a further re-examination of the Odesa M. Gorky National Scientific Library’s opulent art department collection and its rare books department will lead to an enrichment of the current perspective on the intellectual and artistic climate of the time in which the painter

grew up. It will become evident that Kandinsky’s Odesa years were essential in shaping the artistic choices that dominated the painter’s best work.

^ Vasily Kandinsky and the ways his art was influenced by the Ukrainian and Russian graphic arts.”


Rechitsky, Raphi

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;

Ph.D. Student in Sociology;

Southern Illinois University—Carbondale;

B.S. in Sociology

Philosophy (2005)

Sociology: International Migration and the Forging of Ethnic Relations in Ukraine

Kharkiv V. N. Karazin National University,


HIAS ,Kyiv

Mr. Rechitsky is studying the relationship between ethnic relations and migration dynamics through the experiences of today’s immigrants and refugees in Ukraine. Mr. Rechitsky is an advanced speaker of Russian,

and has an initimate knowledge of Ukraine through prior research in the country and through his family.

While in Kharkiv as well as Kyiv and Odesa, he volunteers at NGOs providing legal and social assistance to asylum seekers.

"Refugee Migration and the Politics of Social Integration in Ukraine."
Besides gas, human transit through Ukraine to Europe constitutes one of the most profitable sources of contentious governance on both sides of the border. However, little is understood about the experiences with "social integration" of refugees in Ukraine, trapped between the 'Scylla and Charybdis' of insufficient protection regimes in Ukraine and inaccessible safe countries in the west. Here, Rphi explores some conclusions to seven months of field research about and learning from asylum seekers in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odessa.


^ Ritchey, Megan

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH;

B.A. in Biology/ Psychology/Chemistry (2010)


Development of Creative Play Skills in Ukrainian Orphanage

Lviv Polytechmic National University,


Ms. Ritchey is studying the processes of child development of orphans in Lviv's social institutions, and assessing their developmental needs. Specifically, she is looking at pretend-play and emotional regulation

interventions to determine their effectiveness in this population. Currently, she is conducting her work in three of Lviv’s orphanages and has given seminars on child development to care providers, foster families, and psychologists throughout Ukraine.

^ Development of Creative Play Skills in Ukrainian Orphanage.”


Skaskiw, Roman

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;

M.A. in Creative Writing (fiction)(2007);

B.S. in Computer Science; Stanford University (2000)

Economics: Traditions of Economic Liberty in Ukraine

Institute of Society Transformation,

Kyiv, Lviv

Kyiv's Institute for Society Transformation provided Mr. Skaskiw initial orientation to Ukraine. He met with historians, economists, politicians and journalist to learn about and critique the economic and political philosophies which form Ukraine's ethos. They invited him to town branding conferences where he had the

opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and local politicians. Their experiences helped his understanding of the business climate. Beyond that, Mr. Skaskiw did a lot of networking to meet historians, economists, politicians and journalist. In Lviv he has hired a university student to help him search for articles written by prominent Ukrainian historical figures which are reflective of their economic and political beliefs.

^ An analysis of Property Rights in Ukrainian identity.”
Over the course of the long struggle of many Ukrainians for a distinct identity, the idea of a Ukrainian nation reigned supreme, well ahead of both property rights and liberty.  Many decisions and philosophies of Ukrainian nationalists works against the ideals they explicitly support.


^ Stecyk, Catherine

University of Notre Dame, IN;

B.A.in Sciences/Italian Language (2010)

Public Health: Positive Change in Post-Soviet Children's Health Care through the Private Sector

Ukrainian Catholic University,


Ms. Stecyk is studying the evolution of children's healthcare since 1991 in Ukraine. Movements from the private sector since Ukrainian independence have propelled a gradual improvement in care and facilities

available to children across the nation. Ms. Stecyk has traveled to several cities in Ukraine and has visited orphanages, aid organizations, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and hospitals. She has interviewed administrators, caregivers, physicians, therapists, dentists, and volunteers; used public health records to study the status of healthcare and the support available to children; and evaluated various developments

and progress made in the field since 1991.

^ Changes in children's healthcare since 1991.”

Catherine will speak about the status of government healthcare for children over the years and focus on efforts by the private sector (aid organizations, foundations) both from within Ukraine and abroad to improve the quality and availability of healthcare.


^ Wenglowskyj, Andrea

Tufts University, Boston, MA;

MFA in Fine Arts


State University of New York at New Paltz,NY;

BFA in Photography /B.A. in French (2002)

Museum Studies: Contemporary Art in Ukraine

Center for Contemporary Art,


Ms. Wenglowskyj's project focuses on the burgeoning contemporary arts scene in Ukraine. She was raised in the Ukrainian-American diaspora and her experiences teaching and managing a nonprofit gallery in New York City guide her drive to understand Ukraine's current and desired position in the global art world. She is specifically examining the attitudes towards contemporary art-making since Ukraine's independence in 1991

and the art education system. Artist interviews and studio visits will become curated content for a public online resource. By working with the Center for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit institution, she will conduct workshops for emerging artists and coordinate exchanges between American and Ukrainian artists.

^ The Ecology of the Contemporary Arts Scene in Ukraine.”

Since mid-January 2011, Andrea has been researching the ecology of the contemporary art scene in Ukraine and the attitudes towards art-making since Ukraine's independence in 1991. After defining contemporary art, she will then address Ukraine's position in the global art world-- desires and drawbacks as well as successes and strides--- and analyze how and where contemporary art is made available to the public. Andrea’s research has led to her to information about current projects, ventures and venues of the country's alternative arts scene, which is generally led by the nonprofit institutions and cultural workers from the non-commercial side. Andrea presents the results of her interviews with contemporary artists who break away from traditional media and approaches .


^ Westrate, Michael

University of Notre Dame Graduate, IN;

Ph.D. Student Russian and Eurasian History, Global History, German History;

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

M.A. in Political Science(2010)

History :

Under the Falling Red Star: The Lives of Eastern Ukraine’s Military Families, 1964-2004

Kharkiv V.N. Karazin National University ,


Mr. Westrate’s project focuses on issues of identity, politics, gender, the strata that stood for classes in the USSR, language, everyday and family life, religion, leisure, sport, career paths, and the importance of “cadres,” or personal networks, to the functioning of both the USSR and post-Soviet Ukraine. To explore these issues, Mr. Westrate is carrying out “life history” interviews with officer-professors who worked at the Govorov Military Academy in Kharkiv. Mr. Westrate is a recipient of many prestigious academic awards and grants in the USA. He has published several scholarly articles and reviews, and has presented papers at

numerous conferences both in the United States and Europe. He holds two Master’s degrees in history and will soon complete a third in political science. Here in Ukraine, he has lectured on numerous topics, including:

stereotypes, study skills, formal writing, pedagogy, and the future of education.

^ Under the Falling Red Star: The Lives of Eastern Ukraine’s Military Families from the 1960s to the Present.”

Michael has been working on his dissertation research. In addition to archival work and document collection, he was conducting “life history” interviews—the transcripts of which are the main corpus of material that I am using in my dissertation. His pool of interviewees is a group that straddled two of the largest of Soviet professions—military officers and academics. Specifically, Michael is studying the families of the officer-professors who taught at Kharkiv’s Govorov Air Defense Radio Engineering Academy (VIRTA). By conducting interviews and collecting their personal and family archives, he is exploring how these families endured shifting social, cultural, and political realities from the 1960s to the present. Analyzing the experiences of an important group of Soviet citizens allows him to study such issues as: identity formation, religion, gender and masculinity, military organization and education, everyday and family life, leisure and sport, the politics of language, career paths, the importance of personal networks, and democratization.

His presentation will discuss his methods, present some preliminary conclusions, and outline ways in which Michael will be able to use the materials he has collected.


^ Witlin, Zakhary

Tufts University, Medford, MA;

B.A .in International Relations/ Political Science (2010)

Political Science : Gazpolitik: The Energy Politics of Ukraine

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,


Mr. Witlin chose to study the political forces shaping Ukraine’s long road to a modern, reliable, efficient, and secure energy sector during his Fulbright period in Kyiv. In this capacity, he meets regularly with experts,

policymakers, and non-governmental workers to better connect the progress on the ground with broader strategic visions. He became interested in Ukraine while studying Eastern European politics at Tufts, where he also conducted research in international security and political philosophy. He has supported cooperative security efforts with the post-Soviet region while interning as an analyst for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and he has published his research on terrorism in Spain with the United States Military Academy at

West Point. Mr. Witlin intends to continue studying Ukrainian politics in his future career.

^ Ukrainian Energy Security and the Euro-Atlantic Community.”

Ukraine's economy is developing, but its energy sector remains in a technologically stagnant and politically precarious position. Grossly inefficient and managerially questionable, Ukraine emerged from the 2009 gas crisis with Russian corporation Gazprom discredited in the eyes of Europe as an unreliable transit nation and business partner. Yet the European Union wants Ukrainian energy security almost as much as Ukraine needs it for itself, and the prospects of stable and well managed energy sector bear upon Ukrainian politics and its future integration into international organizations.

Zakhary surveys the structure and status of Ukraine's energy sector, considers recent developments in the country's political and economic situation, and reviews ongoing Western efforts to develop, modernize, and secure Ukrainian energy. He suggests the likelihood of success of such efforts, and identify changes in attitude that Western countries should adopt toward Ukrainian energy.


^ Yakhnis, Marina

Drake University, Des Moines, IA;

B.A. in International Relations/Biology (2009)

Anthropology: Traces from the Past: Exploring Nostalgia

Taurida V.I. Vernadskyi National University,


Ms. Yakhnis is researching the integration and adaptation of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol and other parts of the peninsula such as Bilohorsk and Bakhchysaray. During her free time, she is an intern at the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and helps an organization that provides food to homeless people in Simferopol.

Additionally, Ms. Yakhnis is participating in a youth-led initiative to bring together young people of various nationalities in Crimea and participate in a three-month training. Finally, she is learning Turkish and Crimean Tatar and volunteers as an English teacher one hour a week.

^ Traces from the Past: Exploring Nostalgia: the integration and adaptation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.”


Goodnow, Regina

University of Texas, Austin

Ph.D. Candidate in Government;

MPAff/MA in Public Affairs/Russian and Eurasian Studies (2005)

Political Science: Post-Soviet Constitutional Design and Change

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program,


Ms. Goodnow is studying Ukrainian constitutional reform and executive-legislative relations for her dissertation on post-Soviet constitutions. She is particularly interested in the source of presidential authority and has spent much of her time exploring archival materials relating to the drafting of the constitution. Before coming to Ukraine, she spent 10 months in Russia for research, studied at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, and participated in intensive Russian language programs at Middlebury College and Moscow International University. She completed a dual master’s degree program in Public Affairs and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and received her Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature and Russian and Slavic Studies from the University of Texas.

^ Ukrainian “Super”-Presidentialism.

Regina will talk about the conditions that promoted the choice of this governing framework and either reinforced or undermined it through time.


^ Goodman, Bridget

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;

Ph.D. Candidate in Education

Education: Language, Education, and Policy in the Borderland

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program,


Ms. Goodman is in Dnipropetrovsk to study the practice of using English as the primary language to teach courses to students of economics at a Ukrainian university. She is further interested in how English-language

classroom practices are connected with English/Russian/Ukrainian language ideologies, national language policy, and international education policy. Her research method is ethnographic, which involves regular

observations of classes and university events combined with both structured interviews and informal conversations with individuals at the university. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Goodman was a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow in Kharkiv and Khmelnitskyi, Ukraine; and in Chisinau, Moldova. She has

given multiple presentations on English language teaching methods and American studies in cities across Ukraine and Moldova.

^ Language, Education, Policy and Culture in the Borderland: English as a Medium of Instruction at a University in Eastern Ukraine.”

A university in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine is in the early stages of implementing a 5-year degree program with a university in Wales.  In addition to the potential for a European degree at a Ukrainian university, students are informed that all of their classes are taught in English. What is the day-to-day reality of teaching and learning in this program? What is the relative position of English, Russian, and Ukrainian in this university--both in practice and according to self-reports by teachers and students? In what way is this program and its participants situated in and connected to national language policy and European educational policy and practice? What cultural norms are revealed through teaching in English? The presenter will describe her methods and theoretical approach to answering these questions, and preliminary themes emerging in the course of the research.

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