Presented by the University of Manitoba Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies. Funded by The Professors Iraida and Michael Tarnawecky Visiting Lectureship Fund.

In the past two years of Russian aggression on Ukraine's territory, 872 cultural heritage sites and 1,907 cultural infrastructure entities have suffered destruction and damage. Among the destroyed institutions are the Skovoroda Museum (Kharkiv oblast, in the photo), Pryimachenko Museum (Kyiv oblast), Mariupol's municipal Kuindzhi Art Museum (Donetsk oblast), and many others.

Among the stolen cultural treasures are artworks by Davyd Burliuk. His works were presented at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2008 ("Futurism and After: David Burliuk 1882-1967") by Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij.

Remarkably, some collections of Ukrainian treasures have been repatriated during Russia's war on Ukraine, including Scythian gold from Estonia.

The role of Ukrainian women in the preservation of cultural heritage will be discussed.

Dr. Ihor Ivanovych Ostash is a Ukrainian diplomat and politician currently serving as ambassador of Ukraine to Lebanon since 2016, previously serving as ambassador of Ukraine to Canada from 2006 to 2011. For the 2024 Iroida Tarnowecky Distinguished Lecture, Dr. Ostash will speak on the subject of cultural reclaimation in the context of Ukraine.