Revolution in Ukraine from 1991 to Euromaidan

February 21, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COOR 184
Event Description: 

During the event "Revolution in Ukraine from 1991 to Euromaidan," Patience Huntwork, Jim Huntwork, Narmina Strishenets, Volodymyr Strishenets, and Judge Orest Jejna will be discussing revolution in Ukraine, from the 1991 revolution to the recent Euromaidan revolution. The event will be moderated by Mark von Hagen.


Patience Huntwork - a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, works as an attorney in the judiciary of the State of Arizona.  Her volunteer human rights efforts in Ukraine began with her successful international campaign to persuade the American Bar Association to sever its ties with a Soviet organization, the Association of Soviet Lawyers, and continued with efforts to advocate for legal reform and the rule of law in a democratic and independent Ukraine

Jim Huntwork - with a Master’s degree in Economics and a J.D. both from Yale University, practices transactional law with a Phoenix firm.  Both he and Patience have served as election observers in Ukraine dating back to the Gorbachev era and have worked to support commercial law reforms in independent Ukraine. 

Orest Jejna - received his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA).  He has most recently serves as a judge for the City of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Narmina Strishenets - is a communications professional with nearly a decade of experience developing communication strategies for state institutions, political parties and NGOs in her home country. She is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  In Ukraine, she works for the Ukrainian Center for Disease Control, part of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health. 

Volodymyr Strishenets – received his medical degree in Ukraine and practices medicine in Kyiv.  Strishenets treated wounded during the Euromaidan.  He currently volunteers his medical skills in the Phoenix area as he has accompanied his wife, Narmina, to the U.S. for her Humphrey Fellowship at ASU.



Mark von Hagen – received his Ph.D. in History and Humanities from Stanford University.  Formerly the Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European Studies, Chair of the Department of History, and Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, at ASU he served first as the Chair of the History Department, then as the Founding Director of the School for Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies.  He currently is a Professor of History and Global Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Politics and Global Studies.  Von Hagen is the Founding Director of the ASU Office of Veteran and Military Academic Engagement and the Interim Director of the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  In addition, he is the Dean of the Philosophy Faculty at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich Germany.  He was elected President of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies in 2002 and presided over the Congress in Donetsk in 2005.  He also served as President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2009). 


This event is is part of the series, “Revolution: Meanings, Origins, Memories.” A year-long conversation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.