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Humanities NOW: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

April 13 @ 7:00 pm

For over a month, we’ve witnessed the brutal attack by Russian forces on the people of Ukraine. The war of aggression changes daily, as defiant Ukrainian leaders and citizens defend homes and cities alongside a mass migration of refugees out of Ukraine into neighboring European countries and beyond. In this virtual Humanities NOW conversation, we’ll discuss the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine to provide intellectual, historical, and personal context for the outbreak of war and resurgence of colonialism in Europe. We’ll discuss the outlines of ideology that is driving Putin’s invasion, national identity and the role of language in the conflict, the refugee crisis, as well as Russian dissent and the unfolding scenario of potential indictments of war crimes against Russia.

We’re honored to be joined by our esteemed panelists:

  • Andrey Ivanov, Associate Professor, History, UW-Platteville
  • Anna Tumarkin, Director, Russian Language Program, UW-Madison
  • Francine Hirsch, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, History, UW-Madison
  • Kirill Ospovat, Assistant Professor, Slavic, UW-Madison
  • Moderated by Russ Castronovo, Director, Center for the Humanities and Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies, UW-Madison

This is a virtual event (Zoom); please register in advance here.

Held twice each academic year, Humanities NOW events offer both the campus and the community intellectual resources for understanding complex events. We aim to bring together campus faculty and staff and community experts to discuss current issues that have relevance not just for the humanities and higher education but our broader community. 


April 13
7:00 pm


via Zoom