Jul 11, 2022 — Jul 21, 2022

Seminar in Ukraine

With Dr. Carla Thorson

About this Trip

Go in-depth and explore this resilient region, bordered between Europe and Russia, and influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists.  The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures, a richness of detail and largeness of spirit.  On this journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv.  Meet with a distinguished member of the Lviv community and discuss European integration and other issues facing Ukraine today.  Stop by a local icon painter’s workshop and speak with the artist, who will show you recent work of his own and of his students.  At UNESCO-listed Chernivsti National University, meet with university professors or administrators and learn about Ukraine’s education system.  Next fly to the capital, Kiev for a U.S. Embassy briefing, a visit to Mezhyhirya, the former compound of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and meet with distinguished guests tracing the important history of this country.  In the historic port city of Odessa,  discuss contemporary issues, such as the Russian annexation of Crimea and the plight of Crimea’s native Tatar population.   Explore Odessa’s Jewish heritage, including Brodsky Synagogue, among only three of Odessa’s 78 synagogues to survive the Soviet period.  Belarus pre-tour and Moldova post-tour options. 

$6,490 per person plus airfare

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Your Council Leader

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs at World Affairs in Northern California, leads program design and management, including over 100 global policy forums each year, the global philanthropy forum and an education program for high school and college students. Prior to joining World Affairs, Dr. Thorson taught political science at UCLA and worked for the UCLA International Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies. As a consultant at the RAND Corporation and analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. she focused on democratization processes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, and while working at IREX, she helped establish one of the first US nonprofit offices in Moscow in 1989-90. Thorson got her PhD in political science at UCLA, an MLitt at the University of Oxford and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a world traveler, Dr. Thorson enjoys sharing her experiences with World Affairs members and has led several Council tours, including Cuba, Russia and Central Asia. She has also lectured on cruises to the Baltics, Antarctica and Iceland, and most recently on our 2019 trip to Tanzania.