Havard summer session

“Ukraine as Linguistic Battleground” (4 units) will be taught by Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University. The course will offer an exploration of the Ukrainian language in linguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, anthropological, and political terms. Topics will include the historical emergence of Ukrainian on East Slavic territory, its varied relationships to Russian, the status of Rusyn within the Ukrainian language sphere, the typology and function of Ukrainian linguistic hybrids (surzhyk), current problems of Ukrainian standardization, and Ukrainian language politics

The third course, “Frontiers of Europe: Ukraine since 1500” (4 units), will be offered by Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History. It will look at the history of Ukrainian territory and its people within a broad context of political, social and cultural changes in Eastern Europe in the course of the past five hundred years. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of Ukraine as a cultural frontier of Europe, positioned on the border between settled areas and the Eurasian steppes, Christianity and Islam, Orthodoxy and Catholicism, as well as the fact that it has been a battleground of major imperial and national projects in the modern era.

To apply, students must be 19 years old or have completed one year of college. Exceptional high school students may be considered through Harvard’s .Secondary School Program. Those seeking financial aid must apply by Friday, March 4, 2011. International students in no need of financial aid but requesting visas must submit all materials by Friday, April 1, 2011. All other applications to the program will be accepted until May 23, 2011.

Further information about the program and the application process is available online:


Additional questions may be directed to Tamara Nary, Programs Administrator of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute at (617) 495-3549 or by email <nary@fas.harvard.edu>.

Tamara H. Nary
Programs Administrator
Ukrainian Research Institute
Harvard University
34 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.495.3549 / fax 617.495.8097

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