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Nov 8 2023

SEENEXT talk: “Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return,” a book talk

SEENEXT Working Group

November 8, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Institute for the Humanities, 153 Behavioral Sciences Building


1007 W. Harrison St, Suite 153, Chicago, IL 60607

Growing up in Cleveland in the final years of the Cold War, writer Megan Buskey understood little about her Ukrainian family’s traumatic history. It was only well into adolescence that she learned that her mother had grown up in a gulag exile settlement in Siberia because her grandparents had been deported there from their Ukrainian village after WWII. As an adult, Megan spent years researching her family’s experience for her book, Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return (2023), praised as “a painfully honest and carefully researched journey of a Ukrainian American into her family’s complicated and difficult past” by historian Jan Gross. In this talk, Megan Buskey will explain the significance of doing Ukrainian family history, share what she learned about her family’s experience, and connect their story to current politics, specifically Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Megan Buskey is the author of Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, she has written about Ukrainian history, politics, and culture for The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, The American Scholar, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

Co-sponsored by Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies and UIC Department of History.


Institute for the Humanities

Date posted

Oct 2, 2023

Date updated

Oct 6, 2023