An IGI Series on Global Responsibilities: "Russia's War on Ukraine" (2022)

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"Russia's War on Ukraine: An IGI Series on Global Responsibilities” features multi-disciplinary events on the Russian invasion of and ongoing war in Ukraine. The series is hosted and sponsored by Illinois Global Institute (IGI) and its area and global studies centers and thematic programs. Some will be in-person and other events will be online. Links to recordings are included when available.

Previous Events

Presentation & Discussion: Racial Segregation in Odessa, Early 1900s

Thursday, March 3, 2022
4:00pm CST

Registration: Kane-Lecture

A presentation by Eileen Kane, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Global Islamic Studies Program, Connecticut College. Part of the Humanities Research Institute research cluster "Russia and the Global Color Line."

Sponsored by Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and Humanties Research Institute (HRI)

Africa, Race and the War in Ukraine

Friday, March 4
3:00-4:30 PM CST

Hosted on Zoom: Registration

"Africa, Race and the War in Ukraine": An Open Discussion. This will be on Zoom and an opportunity for people to share perspectives and ideas after some introductory remarks by our director, Terri Barnes and our colleague, Erik McDuffie. All are welcome to attend! Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies and the Illinois Global Institute “Russia's War on Ukraine” series

Digital Activism and International Law in Ukraine

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
12noon-1pm CST

Registration: Digital Activism Ukraine

Join UlUC international law, social informatics, and finance experts for a virtual panel on "Digital Activism and International Law in Ukraine" this Tuesday, March 8th, at 12pm. Professors Tatyana Deryugina (Gies College of Business), Madelyn Sanfillipo (School of Information Sciences), and Patrick Keenan (College of Law) will shed light on digital activism, social media platform responses, online fundraising efforts to help people affected by the war, and legal issues, including war crimes, as these pertain to the current situation in Ukraine.

Sponsored by Center for Global Studies (CGS), Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), College of Law, Gies College of Business, ISchool, and Illinois Global Institute's "Russia's War on Ukraine: An IGI Series on Global Responsibilities"

NGOs at Work in Ukraine: Spotlight on Soleterre

Thursday, March 10, 2022
12noon CST


In this conversation with the European Union Center, Stefano Oltolini, Soleterre's Ukraine Emergency Coordinator, will speak about the organization's work in Ukraine, including evacuating families and children to Poland, supplying hospitals in Ukraine, and providing food, shelter and psychological assistance to people traveling from eastern Ukraine to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. This series of events features the work that NGOs are doing on the ground in Ukraine during the current crisis and how we can support their work.

Sponsored by European Union Center and Illinois Global Institute's "Russia's War on Ukraine" series

Teach-in: The Military Situation in Ukraine and its Implications for Nuclear Security and Safety

Thursday, March 31, 2022
4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT

Zoom Information available here:
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 0794 2691
Password: acdis

Speakers: Prof. Nicholas Grossman, Political Science, Prof. Tomasz Kozlowski, NPRE, Prof.Frederick Lamb, Physics

Sponsored by The Program in Arms Control & Domestic & International Security

Discussion/Q&A with a Scholar/Journalist currently in the Eastern European Region

Friday, April 1, 2022
10:30am CDT

Please register at
*Please note:  registration is capped at 50

This event is organized by the European Union Center and co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

A Conversation with Illinois Alumnus Journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
7:30 pm CDT

In-person:  Auditorium, Campus Instructional Facility, 1405 Springfield Ave, Urbana
The video of the Q&A can be found here:
Russia's War on Ukraine: A Conversation with Alumnus Journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr

Please join the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center as we welcome alumnus and war correspondent Terrell Jermaine Starr for a Q&A session. 

Sponsored by Russia, East European, and Eurasian Center. Co-sponsored by Illinois Global Institute, Department of African American Studies, Department of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, The Offices of the Provost and Chancellor

*While on campus, Mr. Starr appeared on the 21st Show, WILL. That conversation is here: 21st Show: Terrell Jermaine Starr on Life and War in Ukraine

For Ukraine: An Artistic Tribute

Please join REEEC and the University of Illinois School of Music for a series of events showcasing Ukrainian music, poetry, and art.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm CDT


12:00 - 5:00 pm | Exhibit of Ukrainian Artifacts (Opening)
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures | 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

5:00 - 7:00 pm | Ukrainian Arts & Culture Exhibit
Music & Performing Arts Library | 1114 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

5:45 - 6:00 pm | Concert of Ukrainian Melodies
Altgeld Chimes, Michael Broussard & Sarah Kwilecki
Alma Mater Plaza | 1409 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

7:00 - 7:45 pm | Performances of Ukrainian Music & Poetry
Balkanalia (Donna A. Buchanan, director);
Elena Negruta; Larisa Chasanov; Valeria Sobol;
Ukrainian Students Association
Music Building South Lobby | 1114 W Nevada St

7:45 - 8:00 pm | Rapping with Ukraine
Hip-Hop Collective
(Rudolf Haken and Will Patterson, co-directors)
Music Building Auditorium | 1114 W Nevada St

8:00 - 8:30 pm | Postlude
Featuring musical selections by
Balkanalia and the Hip-Hop Collective
Music Building Auditorium & South Lobby | 1114 W Nevada St

Hosted by: The University of Illinois School of Music; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Co-sponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, European Union Center; Illinois Global Institute; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program




The link below is to a page on the REEEC website that 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.

REEEC alumnus Terrell Starr is in Ukraine reporting on the war. Follow and support his work at @terrelljstarr (Twitter).

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