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Second Symposium on the Holodomor-Genocide

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Last year marked the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor-genocide, perpetrated by Joseph Stalin and those around him against Ukrainians in 1932–1933. The theme of the second symposium is “Women and the Holodomor–Genocide: Victims, Survivors, Perpetrators.” All events were scheduled on Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Library(Room 2206, South Wing) at California State University, Fresno. The program featured speakers from Canada, Italy, UK, and Ukraine, with exhibitions of posters and books, lectures, a one-act play "Buried Truth" at the Fresno Art Museum, a documentary film screening of "Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story" and post-screening discussion with film director Andrew Tkach, plus musical performances. In August, Coro Stetsenko of the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale under the baton of Dr. Anna Hamre performed Kyrylo Stetsenko's "Panakhyda" (Requiem) in memory of the innocent victims of the Holodomor. All events are free and open to the public.


Under the auspices of the Holodomor Committee of California, the event is hosted by the Department of History at the College of Social Sciences and sponsored by the Associated Students, Inc. and the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation–USA in partnership with the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, the Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California, the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, the Ukrainian Cultural Center, the Ukrainian Art Center, and the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco.

Please click here to view last year's program 

Link to the press release:

For more information, please feel free to review the following articles

“Fresno premiere of documentary ‘Hunger for Truth’ marks 85th anniversary of Holodomor,” Ukrainian Weekly, January 5, 2019;

“Second Symposium in California Commemorates the Holodomor-Genocide against the Ukrainian Nation,” Ukrainian Weekly, November 30, 2018;

 “Coro Stetsenko performs Kyrylo Stetsenko’s ‘Panakhyda’ to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor,” Ukrainian Weekly, September 28, 2018;

 “A First in California: Symposium Commemorates the Holodomor,” Ukrainian Weekly, January 7, 2018;  


For more information about the events and a free parking code, please or e-mail Dr. Victoria A. Malko, Coordinator of the Holodomor Symposium, at


First Symposium on the Holodomor Genocide


The year 2017 marks the 84th anniversary of the Holodomor – the Ukrainian famine-genocide. “Holod” means “hunger” and “moryty” means to “exterminate” or “starve to death.” A two-day symposium on the theme "Hunger for Truth: Illuminating the Hidden History of the Holodomor" will take place on October 5-6, 2017. The program features renown speakers from Canada, Ukraine, and the United States, with exhibitions of posters and books, documentary and motion picture screenings, lectures, a master class for history and social science teachers, college and university faculty, poetry reading and musical performances about the Holodomor.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History at the College of Social Sciences and the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America’s Branch 111 in Los Angeles in partnership with the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation–USA, the Ukrainian Culture Center–Los Angeles, the Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California, the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council, the House of Ukraine in San Diego, the Ukrainian Art Center in Los Angeles, and the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Symposium on the Holodomor Genocide




Poster Exhibition “History Lessons: The Holodomor of 1932-1933”

Presented by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America


Lecture “Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine”

Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, Professor of Political Geography, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario


Lecture “Regional Dynamics of Holodomor Losses in Ukraine and Comparative Analysis with 1932-1934 Famine Losses in Russia”

Dr. Oleh Wolowyna, Research Fellow, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Symposium on the Holodomor Genocide




Lecture "The Holodomor of 1932-1933 as Genocide against Ukrainians: Legal Definition, the Number of Victims"

Dr. Volodymyr Serhiychuk, Professor of History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine (in Ukrainian with English translation)


Documentary Film “Genocide Revealed”

Discussant: Dr. Oleh Weres, Public Member of the U.S. Commission on the Ukraine Famine


Master Class “Teaching the Holodomor in the 21st Century: Teaching Critical

and Historical Thinking Skills” (for history and social science teachers,

community college instructors, university faculty, librarians)

Library , Center for Faculty Excellence (Room 2134, North Wing)

Valentina Kuryliw, Director of Education, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Toronto, Canada 


Lecture “Remembering the Holodomor: Lemkin's Words, and Other Lessons for Peace”

Dr. Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Assistant Professor, Director, Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University


Demonstration “Mapping the Great Famine: The Holodomor Atlas Project at Harvard”

Gennadi Pobereƶny, Research Associate and Chief Cartographer, MAPA: Mapping the Holodomor Electronic Demographic Atlas Project, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University


Motion Picture “Bitter Harvest”

Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center, inside the Student Recreation Center)

Discussant: film director and producer George Mendeluk