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Roger W. Gale Symposium Day 1: The 90th Anniversary of the Holodomor and a Year of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine, a Keynote Presentation from Dr. Norman Naimark

March 1, 2023 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In early March, the annual Roger W. Gale Symposium will convene on another urgent topic of our time: Lessons from Ukraine: Armed Conflict, Dictatorship, and Responses from Liberal Democracies.

Introductory comments will be made by Manuela Ungureanu, Associate Professor of Philosophy. The feature presentation will be made by keynote speaker Dr. Norman Naimark.

This lecture will touch on several subjects linking the Holodomor (death famine) of 1932-33 to the attacks on unarmed Ukrainian civilians that have constituted an essential characteristic of the year-long Russian invasion of Ukraine. This includes examining the political, social, and psychological effects of Russian violence against Ukrainians, as well as the effect of the war on Russia and the Russians. The use of terror in both cases will be examined, as well as the processes of de-humanization. Sexual violence is part of the story, and, like most genocides, “denial” has been present from the very beginning. The final aspect of the lecture will look at responses to the Holodomor and the present atrocities in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on changing concepts of human rights and international law.

This session is moderated by Halina Sapeha, Assistant Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science.

All are welcome to attend this free, on campus event.



March 1, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


University Centre (UNC)
3272 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 Canada
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