On February 24 and 25th, 2017, the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University will be organizing a conference entitled Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21: Institutions and Individuals that will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution and the creation of the modern Ukrainian state.
The conference will focus both on the important institutions that were founded under the Ukrainian Central Rada/Ukrainian National Republic, the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, the Ukrainian National Republic under the Dyrectoria, and on the individuals that formed them. These state institutions proved to be essential in organizing and giving structure to Ukrainian political, educational, cultural and religious developments at that time. The successes and failures of these initiatives provided models that were both emulated and adjusted in subsequent years and that continue to inform Ukrainian nation-building efforts today. The conference will examine the lasting impact of these individuals and institutions on Ukrainian culture and scholarship.