UC Berkeley Library’s Online Exhibition: Capturing Struggle: Ukraine Through American and Ukrainian Lenses

Introducing Capturing Struggle: Ukraine Through American and Ukrainian Lenses,” an exhibition dedicated to documenting the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This online exhibition features powerful images captured by American and Ukrainian photojournalists, marking the third year of the war against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022.

The exhibition not only commemorates the unprovoked Russian aggression but also sheds light on the ongoing struggle of Ukrainians amidst civilian deaths, assaults on infrastructure, and human rights violations. It offers a glimpse into the daily lives of Ukrainians through compelling photographs. We are grateful to Brendan Hoffman (USA), Serhii Korovayny, Oksana Parfeniuk, and Serhiy Mykhalchuk (Ukraine) for generously allowing us to showcase their impactful work. Also, We want to thank Svidok and AI for Good Foundation for helping us with additional photos.

Special thanks to Professors Anastassia FedykYuriy Gorodnichenko, and Nataliia Goshylyk of the University of California Berkeley, and Professor Monica Eppinger of St. Louis University’s School of Law for their unwavering support in organizing this online exhibition and related events. These events aim to highlight the resilience of Ukrainian archivists, librarians, human rights lawyers, and publishers. We also have featured recommended readings from UC Berkeley Library’s collections based on the faculty input (In English, In Ukrainian).

The idea for bringing this exhibition to the library originated at Fulbright Ukraine and Institute of International Education Kyiv, of which the Director of both these institutions, Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, is a UC Berkeley Alumna (English, ’04). Deputy Director Inna Barysh, Communications Officer Marian Luniv, and Program Officer Mariia Kravchenko envisioned the first exhibit which took place in Vynnitsia, Ukraine, and continue to co-curate all iterations. The photographs provided by Serhii Korovayny and Serihy M. were not part of the original Fullbright exhibition and were a later curatorial addition. Fulbright Ukraine has held exhibitions at several U.S. and European universities and museums, including in locations in Berlin, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria attended by U.S. Ambassadors.

Explore the exhibition here: Capturing Struggle: Ukraine Through American and Ukrainian Lenses.

Capturing Struggle: Ukraine Through American and Ukrainian Lenses is an exhibition featuring images captured by American and Ukrainian photojournalists who are documenting the invasion of their country by Russia. The Russian military invasion of Ukraine began on 24th February 2022. This year, on February 24th, the war against Ukraine will enter its third year. This exhibition is dedicated to marking not only the milestone of unprovoked all-out Russian aggression against Ukraine but also the ongoing struggle of Ukrainians in light of civilian deaths, constant assaults on the civilian infrastructure, and human rights violations. It is also dedicated to the daily lives of Ukrainians, as documented through photographs. The curator remains highly grateful to Brendan Hoffman (USA), Serhii Korovayny (Ukraine), Oksana Parfeniuk (Ukraine), and Serhiy Mykhalchuk (Ukraine), who kindly agreed to provide us with permission to re-use the photos that they have taken throughout the Russian-Ukrainian war. Also, a special note of thanks goes to Professors Anastassia Fedyk, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, and Nataliia Goshylyk of the University of California Berkeley and Professor Monica Eppinger of St. Louis University's School of Law for steadfastly supporting a series of library-based events as well as the idea of this online exhibition we organized and their help with this virtual exhibition. These events were organized to highlight the difficult work of Ukrainian archivists, librarians, human rights lawyers, and publishers.

Webinar on March 21st: Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak

Ukraine Fights On: One Year Later
Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak

In this second event, women publishers and literary critics from Ukraine will update us on the current state of publishing, the different strategies they are using to mitigate the tragic circumstances of their war, and how publishing has evolved since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Date: Mar 21, 2023

Time: 9:30 am PDT /12: 30 pm EDT/ 19:30 Kyiv Time

Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.

Language of Event: English.

All are welcome with prior registration.

Link for event registration: http://ucblib.link/ukrainefightson2


  • Iryna Baturevych co-founded the Chytomo media project (NGO), the largest independent media covering publishing and contemporary literary and cultural processes in Ukraine.
  • Anastasia Bilousova is an editor and project manager at the RODOVID Press publishing house in Kyiv.
  • Lidia Lykhach is the executive editor and founder of RODOVID Press.


Aglaya Glebova is an Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Organizer: Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse, Librarian for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The image provides photos of the speakers and describes the webinar that is planned for March 21st as follows: Ukraine Fights On: One Year Later Ukrainian Publishers and Literary Critics Speak In this second event, women publishers and literary critics from Ukraine will update us on the current state of publishing, the different strategies they are using to mitigate the tragic circumstances of their war, and how publishing has evolved since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Call for papers: Wisconsin Slavic Conference

Wisconsin Slavic Conference

March 24-25, 2023

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics, and history are invited for the annual Wisconsin Slavic Conference. Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held in person at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 2023. Recent conference programs are available on the Wisconsin Slavic Conference website at https://gns.wisc.edu/2022/04/19/wisconsin-slavic-conference-2022/

This year’s keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Yuliya Ilchuk (Stanford University).

To present a paper at the Wisconsin Slavic Conference, please submit a proposal by February 19, 2023.

A complete proposal consists of the following:

1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email).

2. Paper title

3. 300-500 word abstract

4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Email to send proposals: Jesse Kruschke jlkruschke@wisc.edu and Isabella Palange palange@wisc.edu.

Jesse Kruschke, Co-Chair of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Isabella Palange, Co-Chair of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yekaterina Pak, Secretary of Wisconsin Slavic Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ukraine: Language, Literature & Religion Virtual Event @UC Berkeley Library

Ukraine: Language, Literature & Religion
When: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Time is shown below:
12:30 pm to 2 pm PST
2:30 pm to 4 pm CST
3:30 pm to 5 pm EST
Registration: http://ucberk.li/3nX
First, log in to your institutional or personal zoom accounts and then register for the event.
This event is a non-political event, and all are welcome to attend with prior registration.


Trial of 30 Dnei Digital Archive

As a courtesy from our vendor East View, I was glad to inform you that we have set up a 30 day trial of a Russian periodical of literary importance- 30 Dnei. Below links provide access information and publisher-provided description.


or http://ucblib.link/3ec

The trial will end on 29th April 2021.


Founded in 1925 in Moscow and in continuous print until its closure in 1941, 30 Dnei was an illustrated Soviet literary journal most famous for the serialized publications of such Soviet literary sensations as Il’f and Petrov’s The Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf. Praised and supported by none other than Maxim Gorky the journal was conceived by its publisher as a platform for the publication of short form literature, both original and translated, and was geared towards the emerging generation of writers and the intelligentsia. Apart from helping launch and shape the literary careers of a slew of Soviet writers the journal was instrumental in introducing acclaimed works of short fiction, essays, and poetry by foreign authors as well. Some of the most important Soviet and foreign writers whose works have appeared on the pages of 30 Dnei were Vasily Grossman, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Boris Pasternak, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Paul Valery and others. Falling into disfavor with the central government in later years, with periodical criticisms of the editorial direction of the journal appearing in Pravda and Literaturnaia gazeta, the journal would cease publication soon after Nazi Germany’s invasion of the USSR in June of 1941.

30 Dnei Digital Archive contains the complete run of the popular literary monthly journal and represents an important resource for researchers of Soviet history and literature in its formative period.

Welcome to Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Blog!

On the eve of “old” Russian New Year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all who are interested in exploring with us both print and e-culture of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies collections. Often, we are questioned what Eurasia is? While there are multiple answers to the nuanced question, I will focus on Eurasian from the perspective of the often “forgotten” part of Asia- the Caucasus and Central Asia. An article on Russian culture in Luxembourg Times provides information on Russian Christmas. A brief overview of the Old and New Russian New Year is provided here.

While the New Year is here upon many in Russia, we must continue with our teaching and research under constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I leave you to explore openly accessible books of the Institut Vostokovedeniia RAN (1818- ). The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The about section of the IV RAN‘s website provides information on the institute’s history and mission. The section of publications has basic bibliographic information on the items and provides access through the PDF. Happy Exploring!

Below is the landing page of one of the books with PDF access.

For example, if one clicks on the PDF icon as shown in the image, one can access the full-text of Istoricheskie, kulʹturnye, mezhnat︠s︡ionalʹnye, religioznye i politicheskie svi︠a︡zi Kryma so Sredizemnomorskim regionom i stranami Vostoka : IV mezhdunarodnai︠a︡ nauchnai︠a︡ konferent︠s︡ii︠a︡ (Sevastopolʹ, 6-10 okti︠a︡bri︠a︡ 2020 g.) : materialy konferent︠s︡ii, as shown below:

Until the next time, keep exploring!