Spring 2024 Opening Doors to the World: Ukraine
Posted Sep 25, 2023
Otterbein’s Opening Doors to the World programming turns its attention to Ukraine in Spring 2024. Programming includes art exhibitions by Ukrainian artists and children, music, artist-led workshops, author talks, community gatherings, and more. Follow this page for ongoing updates, including special events in Fall 2023.
Frontline Medical Ukraine
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Arnold, a Central Ohio resident and former Special Forces officer with three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has spent extensive time near the front lines advising the Ukrainian military (at his own expense). Gen. Arnold is a nationally recognized expert on the war in Ukraine and has been quoted extensively in the Washington Post, among other publications. This event is free, but registration is appreciated.
Frontline Medical Ukraine
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Arnold, a Central Ohio resident and former Special Forces officer with three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has spent extensive time near the front lines advising the Ukrainian military (at his own expense). Gen. Arnold is a nationally recognized expert on the war in Ukraine and has been quoted extensively in the Washington Post, among other publications.
On behalf of Frontline Medical Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio, the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise, and the Rotary Club of Westerville, we invite you to join Gen. Arnold in his personal mission. Please join us for Mark’s presentation:
Ukrainian Medic Education Facilities and Mobile Instructor Teams
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Arnold
The Point at Otterbein
60 Collegeview Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Thursday, October 5, 2023Doors at 7 PM Event begins at 7:30 PM
Ukraine is Not Dead Yet,
with author Megan Buskey
‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas’, the national anthem of Ukraine, has just one verse and one chorus – but it remains one of the world’s mightiest patriotic songs. It was formally adopted less than three decades ago, following the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. While formally known as the ‘State Anthem of Ukraine’, it also goes by its native title ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy’, which translates into English as ‘Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished’
Ukraine is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return
Event: Public Talk by Ukrainian author Megan Buskey
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Megan Buskey’s grandmother Anna dies in Cleveland in 2013, Megan is compelled in her grief to uncover and document her grandmother’s life as a native of Ukraine. A Ukrainian American, Buskey returns to her family’s homeland and enlists her relatives there to help her in her quest—and discovers much more than she expected. The result is an extraordinary journey that traces one woman’s story across Ukraine’s difficult twentieth century, from a Galician village emerging from serfdom, to the “bloodlands” of Eastern Europe during World War II, to the Siberian hinterlands where Anna spent almost two decades in exile before receiving the rare opportunity to emigrate from the Soviet Union in the 1960s. In the course of her research, Megan encounters essential and sometimes disturbing aspects of recent Ukrainian history, such as Nazi collaboration, the rise and persistence of Ukrainian nationalism, and the shattering impact of Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022. Yet her wide-ranging inquiries keep leading her back to universal questions: What does family mean? How can you forge connections between generations that span different cultures, times, and places? And, perhaps most hauntingly, how can you best remember a complicated past that is at once foreign and personal?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR