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SHEVCHENKO'S BICENTENNIAL - IS UKRAINE'S GEORGE WASHINGTON AT HAND?

WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

WHERE: U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's office, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036

Limited seating. Please RSVP to Oksana Yakovenko at info@usukraine.org by February 18.

Taras ShevchenkoPeter FedynskyThe U.S.-Ukraine Foundation together with Friends of Ukraine invites you to join us for round table discussion with Peter Fedynsky on Taras Shevchenko, his translation of the complete works of the Kobzar and the relevance of Taras Shevchenko to the current situation in Ukraine.

"The inspiration to translate Taras Shevchenko's Kobzar came to Fedynsky at the end of his three-year assignment as Voice of America bureau chief in Moscow."

"Shevchenko's poems show his love of the Ukraine but this love is complicated by the struggles and ideals articulated in the poems; he depicts serfdom, soldiering, Cossacks who struggle for independence, Kiev filled with shrines, life on the steppe and the life of the peasant. From this panoply, emerges a Ukrainian national icon characterized by beauty and melancholy. History and politics are intertwined with meditations on religion and morality; the poems' epic scope is complemented with lyrical reflections on subjects ranging from affluence and poverty to the meaning of work and science. Of these, family and familial duty emerge as overarching themes, which the poet considers to be of supreme value."

Peter Fedynsky's complete bio and reference to materials can be found here - http://www.glagoslavspeakers.com/contributors/peter-fedynsky/

  
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