From January to June, 2018, the San Francisco-based independent writer and filmmaker Peter Straton Bejger is undertaking a research project through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program entitled "Building the City of Lions: The Architect Ivan Levynskyi and the Search for Identity in Fin-de-Siecle Lviv".
This creative project will be based on visual investigations over several months of the built environment created in the late 19th and early 20th century by the Ukrainian architect and community leader Levynskyi and his colleagues; interviews with specialists and scholars; archival work; as well as translating relevant material. The resources of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, the Lviv Polytechnic National University, and other relevant institutions will be utilized to facilitate this consideration of Levynskyi’s legacy. Peter has long-standing ties to Lviv, having previously researched and written the arts documentary "A Kingdom Reborn: Treasures from Ukrainian Galicia".
Previously Peter was an editor for the publishers HarperCollins and Henry Holt in New York, and has been editing academic texts for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies as well as writing and editing for the international nonprofit Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and other clients. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Toronto.