Publications of Kennan Institute alumni presented at the Ukraine country stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair
October 20, 2016, Dr. Natalia Moussienko, Kennan Institute Advisory Board member, and Dr. Kateryna Smagliy, Director of the Kennan Institute Kyiv Office, presented publications of the Kennan Institute alumni at the Book Fair in Frankfurt.
Their podium discussion «Art, Culture and Education in Ukraine after Maidan: Narratives of Cultural Diplomacy» raised awareness of German journalists, publishers and literary critics about education and cultural reforms in present-day Ukraine.
At the event Dr. Smagliy presented the book «The Battlefront of Civilizations: Education in Ukraine», written by Dr. Serhiy Kvit, Ukraine’s minister of education (2014-2016) and Kennan Institute alumnus. The book is a compendium of Dr. Kvit’s articles, speeches, blogs, reviews and essays that inform a foreign audience about events and issues related to Ukraine since 2008. Dr. Kvit served as rector of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla academy, the oldest university in Ukraine that has led by example as both an agent and a catalyst of critical educational and social change.
Dr. Moussienko talked about her monograph «Art of Maidan» that documented the explosion of artistic creativity in its diversity during the Revolution of Dignity, 2013-2014, in Kyiv. It also presents the Travelling Exhibit of Maidan Art and its journey through Ukraine and the United States.
The presentation of Kennan scholars was part of the broader cultural diplomacy efforts jointly implemented at the Frankfurt book fair by the Foreign ministry of Ukraine and Culture Ministry of Ukraine. The program also included literary readings and discussions by the Ukrainian writers and poets Yuriy Andrukhovych, Serhiy Zhadan, Kateryna Babkina, Iryna Tsilyk, Igor Pomerantsev Several events will focused on Ukrainian avant-garde arts and on the figure of Kazymyr Malevych. The program is available.
The publication of these English-language monographs was financially supported by the Kennan Institute and the International Renaissance Foundation.