Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij
Prof. Myroslav Shkandrij (Professor of Slavic Studies in Department of German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba) was named the 2017 Honouree at the 34th Osvita Foundation Testimonial Dinner Canad Inns Destination Centre, Club Regent Casino Hotel on June 7, 2017, for his work in and for the Ukrainian community in Manitoba and across Canada. The Osvita Foundation supports Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education and the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program. Distinguished guest speaker to the event, honouring Dr. Shkandrij, was The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
From the laudation on Dr. Shkandrij: “Dr. Shkandrij is a distinguished historian and professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba and was a child of postwar Ukrainian émigrés. Work by Dr. Shkandrij focuses on understanding the Ukrainian people and their difficult and often tragic experiences. His research and the books he has authored focus on some of the crucial moments in Ukraine’s history, such as the ‘cultural renaissance’ of the 1920s and the experience of the nationalist generation in the years before and during the Second World War. Dr. Shkandrij feels it is important to tackle and shed light on controversial issues that are often raised in the media, such as the Ukrainian-Jewish relationship in modern times and Ukrainian-Russian dialogue over the last two centuries. Dr. Shkandrij has taught hundreds of students in the areas of Ukrainian language, literature and culture, and has supervised graduate students who have gone on to achieve success in various fields.”
(In June 2017) Emma-Mikuska-Tinman, M.A. student in German, received a 2017 German Studies Research Grant Award by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) of $3300 for carrying out thesis research in Germany in September – October 2017 on her thesis project entitled: "An Analysis of Discourses on German Flight and Expulsion in Travelling Exhibitions, National, and Transnational Museums." She will visit and analyze about a dozen exhibitions, archives and ceremonies representing and commemorating flight and expulsion in Germany during a six-week research trip. DAAD awards are bestowed in an international, highly competitive competition.