The Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa cordially invites you to the 35th Annual Ivan Franko Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Olga Onuch and entitled “Ukraine: Protest, Migration and Political Opinion in Times of Pandemic.”

Ukraine has gone from being perceived as a place where there was a weak civil society, to a place where out of “never” we witnessed mass mobilization, and then to the place where “Revolutions” happen. In that three decades, not only has Ukraine become a place where ordinary citizens “voice” their discontent often, but it is also a place that has witnessed mass “exit” in the form of out-migration. Employing evidence from more that 200 interviews and 16 focus groups with both activists and ordinary citizens who participated in Ukrainian protests, as well as 6 original surveys collected over the last 15 years, Onuch will provide an in-depth look at the EuroMaidan protests and the post-EuroMaidan context to examine the import of civic coalitions and identities that first formed in 1990 and have continued to drive politics in today’s Ukraine.

Olga Onuch is an Associate Professor [Senior Lecturer] in Politics at the University of Manchester and is an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Institute. She is a leading expert on civic protest, in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Her first book Mapping Mass Mobilization is the first contentious politics account of mass protest in Ukraine and the first comparative analysis of both elite, activist, and citizen level mobilization processes. Her research regularly appears in leading media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Times, The Guardian, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, and AFP. She has advised policy makers in Ukraine, UK, Canada, US and the EU.

The Franko Lecture is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Ottawa.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 7.30 PM on Zoom. To register to the event, please click here,