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GU professor lectures on Russian-Ukrainian relations
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GU professor lectures on Russian-Ukrainian relations

Gonzaga Professor Kevin O'Connor, Ph.D. will hold a lecture called "The Cossacks Are Coming! A Historical Approach to the Russian-Ukrainian Relationship" on Tuesday, April 8.

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SPOKANE, Wash. – In the second annual “Art and Craft of History” lecture series Kevin O’Connor, Ph.D., will discuss “The Cossacks Are Coming! A Historical Approach to the Russian-Ukrainian Relationship” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 in the Jundt Auditorium, Room 110 in the Jundt Art Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Few events in recent years have captured the world’s attention quite like the crisis that has been unfolding in Crimea this month. While Russia’s intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs has raised the specter of a renewed Cold War, the origins of this contemporary conflict are in fact deep and historically complex.

In this lecture, O’Connor, Gonzaga University associate professor of history, takes a historical approach to the intertwined pasts of Russia and Ukraine by examining how historians, both Russian and Ukrainian, have portrayed critical moments in their shared and often troubled past.

A specialist in Russian history, O’Connor has published “Intellectuals and Apparatchiks: Russian Nationalism and the Gorbachev Revolution” (Lexington Books, 2006).  His scholarly interests also extend to the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), about which he has published two books: “The History of the Baltic States” (Greenwood, 2003) and “Culture and Customs of the Baltic States” (Greenwood, 2006).

The Gonzaga history department’s lecture series aims to showcase the research of its faculty and to illuminate more publicly the academic discipline of history today.

For more information, please contact Kevin O'Connor via email [oconnork@gonzaga.edu].

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