Russia's War on Ukraine: Educational and Humanitarian Resources

This page provides a summary of resources and events regarding Ukraine and the current crisis there. Items include interviews and opinion pieces that do not necessarily reflect REEEC perspectives. If you would like to suggest a resource to add to this list, please contact us at reec@illinois.edu.

Upcoming Campus/Local Events:

We will be updating this section with information on local events as they are scheduled.

Upcoming Online Events:

PREEEF Online Class in Ukrainian Folklore                                                                                   
June 9- July 2, 12:00pm CDT (Skype)

PREEEF Online Class in Ukrainian Folklore                                                                                   
June 9- July 2, 12:00pm CDT (Skype)

CSEEES 2022 K-12 Teacher Training Workshop: Understanding the Culture and History of Ukraine
July 26-27, 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT (Zoom)

ASEEES Unified Calendar of Events on Ukraine (Continuously Updated Resource by the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies)

Russia's War on Ukraine (Illinois Global Institute's series on Global Responsibilities, continuously updated source of events and resources)

Past Campus/Local Events:

But Not Silence: Chamber Music Benefit for Ukraine
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30pm CDT

"With Arms Wide Open - Give Across Borders" - Benefit Concert to Support Doctors Without Borders
Saturday, April 30, 1:00 - 4:30pm CDT, Rose Bowl Tavern (106 N Race St #1, Urbana, IL 61801)

UIUC Hoops for Ukraine 2022 Basketball Tournament Fundraiser
Sunday, May 1, 3:00pm (Register here)

For Ukraine: An Artistic Tribute
Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 - 8:30pm CDT, Various Campus Locations

A Conversation with Illinois Alumnus Journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr
Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm CDT, Campus Instructional Facility Auditorium (1405 Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL 61801) & Zoom (Registration required)

Performing Resistance to Authoritarianism with Andrei Kureichik
Thursday, April 21, 10:00am CDT, Hosted on Zoom

U.S. Collegiate Student Solidarity Vigil for Ukraine
Thursday, April 7, 8:00pm CDT, Anniversary Plaza (in front of the Illini Union, overlooking Main Quad)

Ukrainian Music Hour with WEFT
Wednesday, April 6, 2:05pm CDT, WEFT 90.1FM 
The show will also be available on an on-demand basis via Spintron for 14 days after airing at http://new.weft.org/spins/.

Discussion/Q&A with a Scholar/Journalist Currently in the Eastern European Region
Friday, April 1, 10:30am CDT, Zoom

"Teach-in: The Military Situation in Ukraine and its Implications of Nuclear Security and Safety" | The Program in Arms Control & Domestic & International Security
Thursday, March 31, 4:00pm CDT, Zoom

Insulted. Belarus(sia) Film Screening
Thursday, March 31, 6:00pm CDT, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801)

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Yuliya Brel-Fourner, "Belarusian: from the Language Policy Failure to the Language of the New Belarusian Nation"
Tuesday, March 29, 12:00pm CDT, Zoom

NGOs at Work in Ukraine: Spotlight on Soleterre
Thursday, March 10, 12:00 PM CST

To support Soleterre’s work, visit their webpage, make a donation via wire transfer (IBAN: IT88Q0503401699000000013880 – SWIFT: BAPPIT21397), or go to their GlobalGiving project page.

Digital Activism and International Law in Ukraine
Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 PM CST

The Ukrainian Crisis in Regional and Global Perspective: A Political Science Roundtable
Monday, March 7, 5:00 PM CST | Watch a recording of this roundtable here.

Racism in Modern Russia: A Short History | Eugene Avrutin, UIUC | Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation
Sunday, March 6, 8:00 PM CST

Racial Segregation in Odessa, Early 1900s | Eileen Kane, Connecticut College
Thursday, March 3, 4:00 PM CST

"History as Convenient Pretext": The Use and Misuse of History in the Invasion of Ukraine | Stefan Djordjevic, UIUC
Thursday, March 3, 7:00-8:00 PM CST, 217 Noyes Laboratory (UIUC)

Africa, Race, and the War in Ukraine | Center for African Studies and Illinois Global Institute “Ukraine, Russia and War” Series
Friday, March 4, 3-4:30 PM CST

Ukrainian Student Association Rally for Ukraine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 27, 2022

“Ukraine, Russia, and War: What Can We Do?”, REEEC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 23, 2022
Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff of the REEEC community came together to discuss the situation, what we could do, and how we could respond as a community.

“Shadows of War: Russia-Ukraine Crisis, A Panel Discussion Through Zoom”,
Slavic Reference Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 3, 2022

Past Online Events:

How to Host Displaced Scholars on Your Campus | ASEEES Webinar
Friday, March 18, 1:00pm CDT, Zoom

The Russian War on Ukraine in Historical Context | University of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, March 15, 4:00pm CDT, Zoom

Study in a Changing World: Study Abroad, Virtual Study Abroad, and Domestic Study of Slavic Languages in Summer 2022 | AATSEEL
Tuesday, March 15, 4:30pm CDT, Zoom

Ukrainian Architectural Heritage at Risk | The Ohio State University
Wednesday, March 16, 11:00am CDT, Zoom

Anthropological Perspectives on the War in Ukraine | Society for Anthropology of Europe, Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, and American Anthropological Association
Thursday, March 10, 9:30 AM CST

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: How Can Public Historians Respond? | National Council on Public History 
Thursday, March 10, 2:00 PM CST, Online

Entangled Sovereignties: A Historical Perspective on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis | Markian Dobzansky (HURI), Kansas University
Tuesday, March 8, 4:00 PM CST | Watch a recording of the lecture here.

Ukraine: Public Health at Risk | New York University School of Global Public Health 
Monday, March 7, 3:00 PM CST

Ukraine: War, Solidarity, and European Security. A Roundtable Discussion
Monday, March 7, 11:00 AM CST

Data Rescue for Ukraine | Digital Humanities Interest Groups, Music Library Association; Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Saturday, March 5

Empires, Borders and Wars: Anthropologists On and In the War in Ukraine | WCAA - World Council of Anthropological Associations
Thursday, March 3, 3:00 PM CST

REEEC Faculty, Student, and Alumni Engagements:

"Terrell Jermaine Starr: Reporting with purpose"STORIED (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), June 2, 2022 (Terrell Starr, REEES Alumnus, interviewed)

"Terrell Jermaine Starr on life and war in Ukraine", WILL, April 21, 2022 (Terrell Starr, REEES Alumnus, interviewed)

"Nationalism, Weak States, and Unrealistic Realism", April 12, 2022 (Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass, Ph.D. Candidate at University of Kentucky, Summer Research Lab Alumna)

"How does Russian invasion exacerbate Ukraine's humanitarian crisis?", March 29, 2022 (Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology, REEES Faculty Affiliate)

Photos of the Jane Byrn Park Rally in Support of Ukraine in Chicago, March 26, 2022 (Laurel Tollison, REEES MA Student)

"'I've seen the airstrikes': U of I grad reports from Ukraine"WCIA 3, March 16, 2022 (Terrell Starr, REEES Alumnus, interviewed)

"Kyiv or Kiev? Zelensky or Zelenskyy? For Ukraine, spelling is a political act", Forward, March 7, 2022 (Roman Ivashkiv, Slavic Languages and Literatures, interviewed)

"Collateral Damage: Armenia and Post-SWIFT Russia", March 4, 2022 (Justin Tomczyk, REEEC FLAS Alumnus)

“REEES alumnus Terrell Starr is in Ukraine reporting on the war”, February 28, 2022

“A new Cold War, or the start of World War III? How historians see the invasion of Ukraine”, USA Today, February 26, 2022 (John Randolph, Director, REEEC, interviewed)

"Local professors, elected officials weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine", HOI ABC News, February 24, 2022 (Carol Leff, Associate Professor Emerita, Political Science)

“University of Illinois students and faculty react to Ukraine conflict”, WAND News, February 23, 2022 (Valeria Sobol, Slavic Languages and Literatures, interviewed)

"Triumvirate: America, China, and Russia as Global Actors and Rivals", UIUC Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course, February 1 - March 22, 2022 (Richard Tempest, Slavic Languages and Literatures, instructor)

Opportunities to help:

Terrell J. Starr
REEES Alumnus Terrell Starr is currently in Kiev, Ukraine, providing on-the-ground journalist coverage. You can support his work in Ukraine through CashApp, Venmo, or PayPal.

Translation Opportunities
If you are a speaker of Ukrainian or Russian seeking volunteer opportunities, the Translation Crisis Group is looking for volunteer translation/interpretation services in both languages. The majority of translating is remote, so you can be located in any country or time zone.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
is organizing the evacuation of pediatric cancer patients from Ukraine to the United States and is looking for two categories of helpers:

  • Volunteers with a biomedical background (science or medical, not necessarily MDs) who are fluent in English and can read Cyrillic (Russian, Ukrainian, etc.), and who can cover one to two six-hour shifts per week to enter new patient data into the patient registry and help facilitate communications with the center command and support teams.
  • Physicians who speak Ukrainian and English and can support the translation of Ukrainian medical records into English (on a flexible schedule, no specific shifts).

If you are interested, please contact St. Jude’s Jennifer McArthur, DO, at Jennifer.McArthur@STJUDE.ORG.

Resources to Help Displaced Scholars
ASEEES is working with the newly created International Task Force for Displaced Scholars (ITFDS), established by a group of scholars and graduate students, to collect information on specific support for displaced scholars.

Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO)
SUCHO is a group of cultural heritage professionals – librarians, archivists, researchers, programmers – working together to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content, and data in Ukrainian cultural heritage institutions while the country is under attack. 

NPR offers a non-exhaustive list of organizations asking for assistance here:
"Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here's how you can help" (February 25, 2022)

Local Initiatives  
Carle Illinois College of Medicine 
Relief Project
Ukraine Jewish Relief Fund,
Illini Chabad
Medical Support    
Lifeline Ukraine RAZOM: Emergency Response Sunflower of Peace Foundation
Veterans and Internally Displaced Persons    
British-Ukrainian Aid Caritas Ukraine CrimeaSOS
People in Need: SOS Ukraine Ukrainian People With Disabilities in Crisis UN Crisis Relief: Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund
Aid for Refugees Facing Racism    
Black Women 4 Black Lives    
Independent Media    
Kyiv Independent Institute of Mass Information Ukraine Crisis Media Center
Religious and Ethnic Minorities    
JDC: Emergency in Ukraine United Jewish Appeal Federation Roma Women Fund

The War in Russia: Politics, Protests, Society:

"No to War: How Russian authorities are suppressing anti-war protests"OVD-Info. OVD-Info is an independent Russian media project on human rights and political persecutions in Russia.

"Cracked Heads and Tasers: Results of the March 6th Anti-War Protests"OVD-Info, March 3, 2022.

"'My future is taken away from me': Russians flee to escape consequences of Moscow's war"The Guardian, March 3, 2022.

"Russia Takes Censorship to New Extremes, Stifling War Coverage", New York Times, March 4, 2022.

"Incriminating Instagram: The Russian authorities want to outlaw Meta as 'extremist'. What does this mean for social media users in Russia?"Meduza, March 11, 2022.

"Moscow police beat and torture women after anti-war protests", Mediazona, March 12, 2022.

Online Resources:

Illini Everywhere: Ukrainian Illini, Since 1907 – Student Life and Culture Archives, UIUC
This page discusses Ukrainian students, the Ukrainian Collections, Ukrainian Studies, and the Ukrainian Student Association at Illinois.

Discussion Forum: War Against Ukraine – Slavic Review
This page hosts moderated discussions of articles, forums, and book reviews – these short pieces offered here are authored by leading scholars in the field.

Ukraine Country Guide – Slavic, East European & Eurasian Collections & Services, UIUC
This research guide provides an array of resources pertaining to Ukraine, including access to archives and periodical resources.

Borderlands Web Archive – International and Area Studies Library, UIUC
This is an online archive curated by the International and Area Studies Library, working to capture highly-multilingual online content of global borderlands, which is at increased risk of disappearing due to political, linguistic, historical, religious, social, environmental and/or other factors.

Ukraine Research Guide – NYU Libraries
This guide assembles recommended literature and other resources for all who are interested in the history of Ukraine and its place in the global context.

Russia’s War on Ukraine – HURI
The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI) has put together a list of resources for journalists, scholars, and the general public.

Resources for Understanding the Conflict in Ukraine – CSEEES
This is a list of resources, including articles, books, events, and films to help provide context and background for the conflict in Ukraine. The list is curated by the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at The Ohio State University and will be regularly updated.

Ukraine Articles from Nationalities Papers – Cambridge
The articles from Nationalities Papers are available free of charge until the end of March 2022. Topics include the past and present of Ukraine’s history; identity, regionalism, and language; political competition and democratic state-building; and the conflict in Donbas.

Editors' Forum: Hot Spots: Russia's War on Ukraine – Society for Cultural Anthropology
The Society for Cultural Anthropology has gathered a collection of ethnographic essays and firsthand snapshots for this series regarding Russia's war on Ukraine.


Financial Times – Ukraine Reporting
The Financial Times has made its reporting on Ukraine free to read for the duration of the crisis.

Educational Resources:

K-12:

Russia’s Attack on Ukraine: A Webinar for K-12 Educator

Teaching and Studying Ukraine: List of Resources

Lesson Plan for The Ukrainian Crisis - Choices

Free Resources for Teaching K-12 Students About Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

Resources for Learning and Teaching about the Russia-Ukraine War of 2022

10 Resources for Teaching About the War in Ukraine – Lesson Plans for Teachers

Resources to Help Navigate Students Through the War in Ukraine - BCTF

University Students:

Russian-Ukraine War: Insights and Analysis

The Current State of Russia's War on Ukraine (video, April 6)

On Ukraine, Russia, China, and A Very Messy World (podcast, March 15)

The War in Ukraine (video, March 9)

Targeting Russian Oligarchs (video, March 8)

The Ukraine Crisis: What It Really Means (video, February 11)

Twitter Accounts:

The following are Twitter accounts by academics and reporters on the ground that will allow you to follow events faster than might be possible via news publications. This list has been compiled by The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

History:

@Steven-seegel

@FaithCHillis

@dobczansky

@ksvarnon

Political science/Geopolitics:
@SevaUT

@KofmanMichael

English-language coverage of military operations and events on the ground:
@KevinRothrock

@ChristopherJM

@MaxSeddon

@Meduza_En

@RALee85

@DAlperovitch

@MassDara

@konrad_muzyka

Coverage of Ukrainian civil society:
@dkaleniuk

@Mylovanov
 

Videos and other Resources:

Adriana Helbig, “For Students – About Ukraine”, University of Pittsburgh, March 01, 2022

Timothy Snyder, “Ukraine: A Normal Country”, Petryshyn Lecture – HURI, February 18, 2022

Nina Jakowicz, “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict”, Wilson Center, July 9, 2020

Ukraїner. The Movie is a visual narration about the everyday life of the least known country of the European continent. The movie consists of six stories woven into a single canvas. Each of them shows a usual day taking place in Ukraine, the country created by unusual people. The main characters are not connected with each other, and the worlds they live in are completely different. Those differences are the glue that keeps this country together and unites it. (Description and further information found here.)