The Three Languages of "Mother": A Ukrainian War Poem in Translation


Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )

Nanovic Promos Mother Web, three languages of mother

"Halyna Kruk has found a language to ingest violence and horror — blunt and eloquent, witty and aphoristic, her language is layered and electric as it takes on the daily dislocations of Russia’s barbaric war on Ukraine. Idiosyncratic and universal, these poems bring us necessary news as only poetry can."

Peter Balakian, Pulitzer Prize winner

A panel of experts will discuss the poem "Mother" from the chapbook Some Poems by Halyna Kruk in Ukrainian, Irish, and English languages.  Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Free and open to all.  Lunch will be available starting at noon for participants while supplies last.


  • Brian O' Conchubhair

    Brian Ó Conchubhair
    Associate Professor, Irish Language and Literature
    Nanovic Faculty Fellow
    University of Notre Dame

  • Siobhán O'Grady

    Siobhán O’Grady
    Cairo Bureau Chief and Foreign Correspondent
    The Washington Post

  • Thomas O'Grady

    Thomas O’Grady
    Saint Mary’s College

  • Halyna Protsyk

    Halyna Protsyk
    Nanovic Institute Visiting Scholar
    Director, International Academic Relations
    Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv