University of Washington, Thomson Hall 101
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 5:30-8:30pm
Join the World Affairs Council, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies for this special evening as we grapple with the current crisis in Ukraine. How have Russia and Europe shaped Ukrainian politics over the centuries? What triggered the current political crisis in Ukraine? Who are the major players and how does the current crisis impact Ukraine’s neighboring countries? How do we teach our students the complex challenges and opportunities facing this region today? First educators will enjoy Ukrainian food and an intimate conversation with our keynote speaker UW Professor of History Glennys Young. She will give an overview of the history of Ukraine and explore the Russification of Ukraine that began 250 years ago with Catherine the Great. She will discuss not only the historical and cultural connections from the past, but how Ukraine is economically and strategically important to Russia today. Next, we will meet UW graduate student Christi Anne Hofland who lived in Ukraine from 2008 to 2011 and has returned several times since then. She will help us “chart the crisis” that began on November 21, 2013 when the Ukrainian government suddenly suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement with the European Union. This unleashed a slew of events: from 3 months of continuous protests in Kyiv, to President Yanukovych fleeing Ukraine, to the March 16 referendum when residents of Crimea voted to break from Ukraine and join Russia. Finally, we will discuss classroom resources. How can you keep up-to-date on this region of the world? What resources can you turn to – and point students to – that will portray various sides of this complicated story? Global Classroom will share common-core aligned lesson plan ideas and articles from our new 50-plus page resource packet on Ukraine.Join us as we grapple with what came before and what might come next for Ukraine.