Book presentation: Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954

Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 3:00 pm | St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
George Liber (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

George Liber will speak about his book Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914–1954. Between 1914 and 1954, the Ukrainian-speaking territories in East Central Europe suffered almost 15 million “excess deaths” as well as large-scale evacuations and population transfers, the consequences of two world wars, revolutions, famines, genocidal campaigns, and purges. George Liber argues that these events made and re-made Ukraine’s boundaries, institutionalized its national identities, and pruned its population according to various state-sponsored political, racial, and social ideologies. In short, the two world wars, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust played critical roles in forming today’s Ukraine.

George O. Liber is Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His previous books include Soviet Nationality Policy, Urban Growth and Identity Change in the Ukrainian SSR, 1923-1934 and Alexander Dovzhenko: A Life in Soviet Film.

Organized by Holodomor Research and Education Consortium and St. Vladimir Institute

Book presentation: Anne Applebaum Presents Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine

Monday, October 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm | Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize winning writer and columnist


Anne Applebaum will discuss her new book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, in which she argues that millions of Ukrainians perished during the famine known as the Holodomor not as accidental victims of bad policy but because the state wanted them to die. Applebaum’s narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post who writes on history and contemporary politics in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia. Her previous books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 and Gulag: A History.

Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta), and the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (University of Toronto).

Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture: “Tell the Kremlin we are starving; we have no bread!” Rhea Clyman’s 1932 Odyssey through the “Famine Lands” of Ukraine

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 7:00pm | Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, Toronto
Jars Balan (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)


Jars Balan will discuss the life of Toronto-born journalist Rhea Clyman, one of the only journalists to witness and write about the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 known as the Holodomor. In September 1932, Clyman, then 28 years old, made a journey by car through the agricultural heartland of the Soviet Union just as the Holodomor was beginning to exact its terrible toll. Her road trip took her from Moscow through Eastern Ukraine all the way to Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was arrested and given twenty-four hours to leave the country, accused of spreading false news about the Soviet Union. Her expulsion, the first by Soviet authorities of a Western journalist in eleven years, was reported in scores of newspapers around the world. Clyman’s vivid eyewitness accounts of the “Famine-Lands” were published in the London Daily Express before appearing in twenty-one feature articles in the Toronto Telegram in 1933. Balan will discuss the passion, courage, and perseverance that Clyman exhibited both in her reporting and in life.

Jars Balan has been involved with CIUS for almost four decades. Since 2000 he has overseen the administration of the Ukrainian Canadian Studies Program, and in 2007 he was appointed coordinator of Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre (CIUS). He is working on a book about Rhea Clyman.

Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta); the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (University of Toronto); the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies; and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Toronto Branch).