Exhibition Program
April 29, 2016

From December 2014 to July 2016, the Center for Urban History is displaying "The Great War 1914-…Individual and Global Experience." As part of the exhibition, the Center regularly hosts tours, lectures, discussions and educational activities for children. Our goal is to talk about the different aspects and contexts of a war which radically changed the world in the twentieth century - from state borders to family stories.

We invite researchers from different institutions and countries to host open lectures in which they share their vision of the military conflict and what life was like during the war. In 2015 12 lectures and presentations were held by experts from Ukraine and abroad.

The 2016 lecture program launched with a lecture by Dr. Catherine Haberkorn which examined the issue of commemorating victims of the First World War in Bukovyna. The guided tours were opened by the Center for Urban History’s researcher Dr. Oksana Dudko with the topic "The Future of the Past: the Historian's Responsibility," during which she elaborated on the latest methods of organizing an exhibition, sources of information and how they were verified during the creation of the exhibition "The Great War ...".

The next public lectures and tours that will take place in the winter/spring of this year, will explore issues, united by the common thread of verbal and visual language of conflict. Meetings with historians, philologists and other specialists will somehow be connected with words, speech, or information. During tours of the exhibition they will touch on how to talk about war with children and adults; images of World War I, through which the artists speak to the world, as well as of the unspoken or silenced within the context of the Great War.

In the near future the following events are scheduled as part of the exhibition program.

February 2016

In February 2016 the Center will hold four exhibition tours.

February 3 we invite the public to participate in a meeting with Chrystyna Boyko, Coordinator of Children’s Programs, who proposes that people put their heads together to think about how to talk to children about war. A tour by Yevhen Polyakov on photographs from the Great War and on the stories of how they were created will take place on February 10th. Military historian Oleksandr Losev will talk about changes to the borders of empires and nations during the First World War and how these changes impacted the lives of ordinary people. His excursion is scheduled for February 17. Andriy Linik, curator of exhibition programs at the Center will talk about what to consider when preparing an exhibition on such a complex subject. This event will be held on February 24.

Tours are free. Watch for additional announcements!

February 25th we invite you to a lecture by linguist and philologist Nataliya Khobzey "Speech of Galicians during the Great War."  The First World War changed Europe. It triggered tectonic fractures in communities, states and ideologies. It changed people and their language. Nataliya Khobzey will discuss the speech of the soldiers, their families and friends.

March 2016

In March tours of the exhibition "The Great War ..." will be conducted by a visiting historians. The topic of major geopolitical changes during the course of World War I will be revealed by historian Vasyl Rasevych. His tour is scheduled for March 2. Oleksandr Losev will talk about prisoners, prisons, and captives on March 9. Andriy Boyarov, artist and independent curator, will expose the Great War within the context of art and the new directions that emerged under the influence of the war. This meeting will be held 23 March.

More information about these events will be published soon. Please, follow the updates.

On March 24 a lecture will be held by historian Bohdan Chuma: "Spanish Images of War Time Lviv (1914-1918)". The researcher suggests looking at Lviv through the eyes of Europeans who, as a result of World War I, discovered a previously unknown city. Military actions, which occurred on the Eastern Front, forced them to learn of Lviv. How and why a journalist from Spain came to Lviv and how he saw the city - this will be discussed in Bohdan Chyma's lecture.

April 2016

April 28 historian Roman Holyk, will present his lecture "The Great War, Mentality and Culture of Eastern Europe: the Galician Dimention" as part of the exhibition program. The Great War brought great catastrophies, the destruction of borders and human lives, as well as hope and aspirations. Exhaustion caused by the war and changes to the political map of Europe triggered people to think about a better future and their own national projects. Roman Holyk will speak on the paradoxes and contradictions of the First World war in Galicia, which simultaneously destroyed and provided opportunities.

Video recordings of the lecture are available through the link.