In May, join us for a conversation between Dr. Mayhill Fowler, Associate Professor at Stetson University and Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine, and Dr. Sofia Dyak, Director of the Center for Urban History.
The conversation will focus on Dr. Fowler’s book project War Stories: Theater on the Frontlines of Socialism, on PrikVO, the Theater of the Carpathian Military district in Soviet Ukraine, which was one of the seven official, professional military theaters across the Soviet Union. We will discuss how the story of PrikVO challenges us to rethink the history of theater in Lviv, in Ukraine, and in Eastern Europe more broadly. We will focus on the theater itself, its rise, its heyday, its demise, its post-Soviet transformation and its (often invisible) legacies today. Central to this story is war, and theater’s ability--and inability--to tell a true war story. More broadly, how is a true war story ever possible? Throughout the conversation we will return to the themes of the stories we tell, why we tell them, and why our stories matter for how we understand ourselves and the place in which we live. Ultimately, PrikVO is a Lviv story, a story of this city and the people who called it home for their lives and careers.
The event will be taking place online. You can find the information about time and other details later, on the website, and social media of the Center.
Image from the collection "Zinaida Dekhtiareva photographs," Private collection of Bohdan Kozak.