Source: University of Manitoba
REMEMBERING A NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE: CHORNOBYL — LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
October 19, 2006
14th annual J. B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture for 2006 features Dr. Yuri
Scherbak, an expert on the Chornobyl tragedy and the current political
landscape of Ukraine. Scherbak is the author of several books on Ukraine
including: Chernobyl: a documentary story (1989) and The strategic role of
Ukraine: diplomatic addresses and lectures (1994-1997). He is also a
well-known Ukrainian novelist who has authored over 20 books of poetry,
prose, plays and essays.
A talented and multi-faceted individual, Scherbak is a medical doctor by
profession whose concern about Ukraine’s environment led him to found the
Ukrainian Green movement and later to serve as the head of Ukraine’s Green
Party. Scherbak will discuss the effect of the Chornobyl nuclear accident on
Ukraine and how it will continue to affect future generations of Ukrainians.
The J. B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture is part of a half-day symposium:
The Nuclear Catastrophe: Chornobyl Twenty Years Later, commemorating the
20th anniversary of the event. The symposium will include a panel
presentation — Aftermath of Chornobyl — by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Dr.
Ehor Gauk (Medical Project Osvita) and Dr. David McMillan (University of
Manitoba). The conference will begin at 1:15 pm and continue to 5:00 pm on
Friday, October 20, 2006, with Dr. Scherbak speaking at 3:00 pm. All events
will take place in the Moot Court in Robson Hall (Faculty of Law), Fort
Garry Campus, University of Manitoba.
A photograph exhibit of the works of Dr. David McMillan, The Zone:
1994-2005, will be available for the public to view from October 5 -20,
2006, in the Dr. Paul H. T. Thorlakson Gallery, Iceland Reading Room, 3rd
Floor Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba. On the day of the
symposium, McMillan will lead a walk-through of his exhibition at 11:30 am.
The Elizabeth Dafoe Library’s main floor will feature a special exhibit of
books from the Libraries’ collections on Chornobyl, and the University of
Manitoba Book Store will feature a display of books for sale on this topic
October 1-31, 2006.
All events have free admission. A reception will follow. Sponsors include:
The University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections; the Slavic
Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library; and the department of German and Slavic
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