RUSYN SCHOOLS IN SUBCARPATHIAN RUS’ – 10 YEARS!
A grand celebration marking 10 years of special educational and cultural opportunities for Rusyn children in Ukraine was held in Mukachevo, Subcarpathian Rus’, on April 20. The Rusyn heritage school, or “Sunday school,” program educates between 500 and 700 children each year in Carpatho-Rusyn history, culture, and language. Read more
SYMPOSIUM DEVOTED TO THE SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY OF PROFESSOR MAGOCSI
On October 2, 2008 a symposium on the topic, “The Scholar, Historian, and Public Advocate: The Contributions of Paul Robert Magocsi to Our Understanding of Ukraine and Central Europe,” took place at St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto. Among the organizers of the event, aside from St. Vladimir Institute, were the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; the Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation; Katedra Foundation; and the University of Toronto Press. Professor-Emeritus Michael Marrus was chairman of the event. Presentations by Professor George G. Grabowicz (Dmytro Čyževs’kyj Chair of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University), Professor Taras Kuzio (Department of Political Science, Carleton University), Professor Serhii Plokhy (Mykhailo Hrushevs’kyi Chair of Ukrainian History, Harvard University) and Professor Alexander J. Motyl (Department of Political Science, Rutgers University) attracted vivid interest in an audience of over 100 people, consisting significantly of young people. The speakers as well as the discussant, Professor Dominique Arel (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa), came to the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that Magocsi-Rusynist cannot exist without Magocsi-Ukrainianist and vice versa.
To read texts of the presentations please click the following links.
George G. Grabowicz: “The Magocsi Problem (“Problema Magochoho”): A Preliminary Deconstruction and Contextualization”
Taras Kuzio: “A Multi-Vectored Scholar for a Multi-Vectored Era: Paul Robert Magocsi”
Alexander J. Motyl: “The Paradoxes of Paul Robert Magocsi: The Case for Rusyns and the Logical Necessity of Ukrainians”
Serhii Plokhy: “Between History and Nation: Paul Robert Magocsi and the Rewriting of Ukrainian History”
FIRST RUSYN-LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN SLOVAKIA
FIRST RUSYN-LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN SLOVAKIA
Čabiny, Slovakia. On September 2, 2008 a historic event took place. In the small village of Čabiny in northeastern Slovakia, an elementary school was reestablished. This is a move that goes against the trend in recent years which has seen the closing of village schools and the busing of students to larger urban areas.
But the Čabiny school is unique in another way. Since the Revolution of 1989, several elementary and secondary schools exist in Slovakia, Poland, and Ukraine where the Carpatho-Rusyn language is taught as an optional subject. The Čabiny school is the first anywhere in which Carpatho-Rusyn is the language of instruction for all subjects.
The elementary school in Čabiny is fully part of the state educational system in Slovakia. The initiative to create a school with Carpatho-Rusyn as the language of instruction came largely from Čabiny’s mayor, Marián Skovran, and its resident Greek Catholic priest, Father Milan Jasik. The restoration of the school building was made possible by a grant of $6,000 from the Steven Chepa Fund at the University of Toronto.
Let us hope that the elementary school in Čabiny does not remain unique. Rather, it should serve as the model for other villages in Slovakia and neighboring Poland and Ukraine, where schools with Carpatho-Rusyn as the language of instruction—not simply classes in the Rusyn language—should become the norm.
World Academy of Rusyn Culture
FIRST DOCTORAL DISSERTATION IN THE RUSYN LANGUAGE DEFENDED
Bratislava, Slovakia. The past decade has seen an enormous growth worldwide of scholarly interest in the history and culture of Carpatho-Rusyns. Several talented young scholars of various national backgrounds, who accept the premise that Carpatho-Rusyns form a distinct people, have earned doctoral degrees at leading universities for Ph.D. dissertations in the fields of history, linguistics, literature, musicology, and sociology. Among these are Helena Duc'-Fajfer (Jagellonian University, Poland, 1997), Lenora Decarlo (Florida State University, USA, 1998), Alexander Teutsch (Heidelberg University, Germany, 2001), Eva Michna (Jagellonian University, Poland, 2001), Marc Stegherr (Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany, 2002), and Bogdan Horbal (University of Wroclaw, Poland, 2005).
The latest to join the ranks of scholars whose dissertations is on a topic of Rusyn studies is Anna Pliskova, who in November 2006 was awarded the Ph.D. degree from Slovak Academy of Sciences Institute for Slavic Studies in Bratislava, Slovakia. Dr. Pliskova, who since 1999 teaches at Presov University's Department of Rusyn Language and Literature, was also holder of the Steven Chepa Fellowship in Rusyn Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, Списовный язык карпатьскых Русинів: проблемы становліня, кодіфікації, акцептації і сфер функціонуваня, was written under the direction of the distinguished Slavist, Professor Jan Dorul'a.
What makes Dr. Pliskova's work unique is the fact that it is the first dissertation written entirely in the Rusyn literary language. The appearance of her dissertation is not only a triumphant personal achievement, it is also a historic moment which reveals that the scholarly world recognizes the existence of Rusyns as a distinct Slavic people, and that the Rusyn language can be used for scholarly and scientific publications. Clearly Dr. Anna Pliskova has shown to other young scholars that it is not only possible to undertake scholarly projects on Rusyn topics but also to publish the results of such research in the Rusyn language.
World Academy of Rusyn Culture.