Monash at Geelong Ukrainian Independence Day

Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic and Ms Luba Pryslak (Photo: Paul Danyluk)
Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic and Ms Luba Pryslak (Photo: Paul Danyluk)

The 24 August 2016 was the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence. In 1991 the parliament of what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, responding to the turmoil in the Soviet Union caused by the attempted, but unsuccessful military coup against Mikhail Gorbachev’s liberalising regime, proclaimed Ukraine an independent state.

In Ukraine and throughout the world, the event has been celebrated as the beginning of a new and positive phase in Ukraine’s history. The 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence was celebrated in all of Australia’s Ukrainian communities. The Geelong branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria marked the anniversary with a festival-style gathering in the Ukrainian community hall in Pakington Street, Geelong.

Professor Marko Pavlyshyn addresses the Geelong Ukrainian Independence Day gathering (Photo: Paul Danyluk)
Professor Marko Pavlyshyn addresses the Geelong Ukrainian Independence Day gathering (Photo: Paul Danyluk)

The keynote address in the formal part of proceedings was delivered by Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies. The text of the address can be downloaded here.

Also prominent in the conduct of the ceremony was Geelong Ukrainian community activist Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic, a graduate of the Ukrainian Studies program at Monash University. Dr Sydor Petkovic wrote her PhD disseration on a topic in Ukrainian linguistics, ” Inflectional Patterns of the Ukrainian Verb” under the supervision of Professor Jiří Marvan.

Audience: Ukrainian Independence Day, Geelong
Audience: Ukrainian Independence Day, Geelong