On November 19, 2015 Center's Fellow Olha Kazakova gave a lecture on the topic: "From the Peaceful Atom to the Soviet Apocalypse - Memorials to the Chornobyl Catastrophe in Ukraine, Russia and other Countries."
The Chornobyl tragedy of 26 April 1986 was the worst man-made disaster in human history; it made the world shudder. A few years later, when the Soviet Union began putting up monuments to victims and liquidators, sculptors were faced with a problem - finding a new medium that was capable of reflecting an event, which was previously unknown in its scope and cause: a peaceful atom, transformed by the power of the human mind into a punishing force, and the opposition to the human energy that man himself created, and over which he had lost control. The many proposed sculptures to memorialize this event demonstrated different reactions to overcoming trauma through art. The monuments were erected in many cities of Ukraine, Russia and other former Soviet republics. They are all versions of the artistic response to a unique event, which is comparable to the worst human tragedies of the twentieth century.
Olha Kazakova received the Center for Urban History’s monthly scholarship for 2015/16. She is working on research in Lvif on "From Peaceful atom to Soviet apocalypse: monuments to the Chernobyl Catastrophy in Ukraine, Russia and other countries." On November 17 she presented the book "Leonid Pavlov. 1909–1990."