Scholars at War Lecture Series

Scholars at War Lecture Series

The Russian attack on Ukraine has disrupted lives and displaced millions of people Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies is partnering with the American Academy for Jewish Research, which had done work rescuing Jewish scholars in Nazi Germany and postwar Europe, and The Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and its History Department, which has been actively providing aid for displaced scholars in Germany, as well as the Lviv Center for Urban History, which is actively aiding scholars displaced from different regions in Ukraine. This lecture series is a part of a broader effort on behalf of scholars affected by the war, including a joint AAJR-Fordham Fellowship for Ukrainian Scholars.


Friday, March 18th at 10AM (EDT)/3PM (Germany)/4PM (Ukraine)

People, Science, Heritage

Vitaly Chernoivanenko, Senior Research Fellow at Judaica Department in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine; President of Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies; Chief editor of Judaica Ukrainica and Sofia Dyak, historian, Director of the Lviv Center for Urban History in Lviv.

Moderated by Iryna Klymenko, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Magda Teter, the Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University

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Thursday, March 24th at 10AM (EDT)/3PM (Germany)/4PM (Ukraine)

Preserving Historical and Cultural Heritage at the Time of War: The Case of Kharkiv

Yuri Radchenko and Artem Kharchenko, historians and co-founders of the Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Kharkiv, whose main focus is on the problems of interethnic relations in the history of Ukraine, World War II, as well as research and preservation of historical and cultural heritage, and Iryna Matsevko, historian, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Kharkiv School of Architecture.

Moderated by Iryna Klymenko, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Magda Teter, the Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University

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Friday April 1, 2022 9:00 AM (US Eastern Time)/3PM (Germany)/4PM (Ukraine)

Looking for New Frameworks: On the (In)visibility of Ukraine in Culture and Academia

This panel will feature Daria Badior, culture editor, critic, and journalist, Sofia Dyak, historian, Director of the Lviv Center for Urban History in Lviv, and Iryna Klymenko, a historian at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. They will discuss the questions of the existing structures of power and hierarchies in culture, knowledge production, and research, as well as in academic institutions, and consider what possibilities there are to rethink and change lasting inequalities in culture and academia in relation to Ukraine.

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Friday, April 8th, 2022 9:00 AM (EDT, US)/3PM (Germany)/4PM (Ukraine)

Yiddish Sources and Resources: My Personal Path to Jewish and Yiddish Studies

In this talk, Tetyana Batanova, a research fellow and acting head of the Judaica Department of Institute of Manuscript of V. Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, speaks about unique documentary and literary Yiddish sources written or published in Ukraine or about Ukraine in the 20th century with special focus on Yiddish sources of 1917–1919 and the role this literature has played in helping her cope with the war.

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If you would like to support these efforts please donate to

Kharkiv School of Architecture

Ludwig Maximilian University’s Ukrainian Scholars Solidarity Fund

Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies

American Academy for Jewish Research

and us,

Fordham’s Center for Jewish Studies