2021 Nanovic Forum with Gulag survivor Myroslav Marynovych: "Faith in Communist and Post-Communist Europe"


Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (View on map )

Myroslav Marynovych UCU
Myroslav Marynovych, Photo credit: Ukrainian Catholic University

Myroslav Marynovych, vice-rector for University Mission at the Ukrainian Catholic University, will present the 2021 Nanovic Forum entitled, "Faith in Communist and Post-Communist Europe" on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium on the first floor of Hesburgh Library.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the Nanovic Forum is to bring European leaders from a variety of academic, cultural, and professional fields to Notre Dame to discuss issues of major importance in Europe today. The Forum was established in 2011 through the generous support of Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic.

Past speakers in the Nanovic Forum have included Hanna Suchocka (former Prime Minister of Poland), Horst Koehler (former President of Germany), Krzysztof Zanussi (filmmaker), Lord Patten of Barnes (Chancellor of Oxford), and other eminent professionals in education, literature, and law.

About the Speaker

Myroslav Marynovych is a Ukrainian social and political activist and commentator and serves as vice-rector for University Mission and a president of the Institute of Religion and Society at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. Marynovych is a founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and a prisoner of conscience (1977–1987). He headed the Amnesty International structures in Ukraine (1991–1996) and was president of the Ukrainian Center of the PEN International.  He recounts his involvement in the Brezhnev-era human rights movement in the Soviet Union and his resulting years as a political prisoner in Siberia and in internal exile in the recent English translation of The Universe behind Barbed Wire: Memoirs of a Ukrainian Soviet Dissident (University of Rochester Press, 2021).