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Current Conflict between Russia and Ukraine

Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Boeck, Associate Professor, History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, DePaul University

Dr. Brian Boeck will speak on the subject, Historical, Moral and Spiritual Aspects of the Current Conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  He will discuss the historical roots of the current conflict in eastern Ukraine, how Russians view the conflict, and why the struggle for Ukraine matters.  As the author of a book and numerous articles devoted to Ukraine and the Russian borderlands, Dr. Boeck will provide both a perspective on contemporary events as well as the burden of the past.  His remarks will touch upon how Catholic expansion into the Orthodox world in the 16th century, Russian expansion under Catherine the Great in the 18th century, and Stalinist repressions shaped the present relationship between Russia and Ukraine.

Dr. Boeck has a Ph.D. from Harvard in History, specializing in Russia/Black Sea Region.  Among Boeck’s accomplishments are a book entitled, Imperial Boundaries: Cossack Communities and Empire-Building in the Age of Peter the Great (Cambridge University Press, October 2009); a workshop entitled. “When is a Ukrainian not a Ukrainian? Problems of Identity and Ethnicity in the Kuban’ Region of the North Caucasus,” (Russian History Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2003); “Imperial Boundaries,” Scholarly Roundtable on the Black Sea Region (Krasnodar State Historical and Archeological Museum, Russia, December 2009); and a Roundtable participant, “Pre-modern Russia and its Contemporaries: Precise Comparisons” (Association for Slavic and East European and Eurasian Studies, Boston, November 2013).  He has published a number of articles in Slavic languages.