Current Press & Events
March 11, 2019
Film Screening: The Russian Woodpecker, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:55 pm 124 Wilson Hall
March 4, 2019
Film Screening: Building Chernobyl’s Megatomb, Tuesday, March 5 at noon, 124 Wilson Hall
February 14, 2019
McMillan’s Chernobyl – Film Screening: The Babushkas of Chernobyl, Wednesday, February 27 at noon, 124 Wilson Hall
February 9, 2019
MaMillan’s Chernobyl – Film Screening: Radioactive Wolves, Tuesday February 12, 2019 at noon, 124 Wilson Hall
February 4, 2019
Community Forum – Sacred Soil: Personal Stories of Loss, Perseverance, and Hope in Chernobyl’s Aftermath, Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm
Professor Donna Voronovich, Department of Art and Art History, will moderate a conversation among individuals who were personally affected by the events of April 26, 1986. By sharing their poignant stories, the panelists will provide the audience with an opportunity to reflect on the ramifications of this profound human tragedy.
This community forum is made possible by Oakland University’s Department of Art and Art History in partnership with the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit
Ulana Ohar-Kushner is a Ukrainian American filmmaker and Chernobyl “liquidator.” She served on the Board of Directors for Chornobyl Union International—a confederate organization headquartered in Kyiv—produced the made-for-television documentary Chornobyl Tragedy and Hope (1996), and has contributed to many other Chernobyl aid initiatives. In 1997, she received the Chornobyl Union Humanitarian Award and continues to lobby on behalf of the victims.
Halyna Shovkoshytna was evacuated from Prypiat with her husband and children in the fateful days following the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Along with thousands of other residents, they left their homes believing they would soon return. Instead, they were “resettled” in Kyiv in government housing and forced to rebuild their lives. In the years since, both she and her husband have worked with various organizations in Ukraine and abroad to educate the world about the humanitarian, economic, and cultural costs of this nuclear tragedy.
Ivanna Voronovych is a student of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In May 1986, thousands of children from Kyiv were forcibly separated from their parents and sent by train to Crimea, where they remained for several months until conditions in Kyiv were determined to be safe. Among them were Ivanna Voronovych’s mother and siblings. She will speak of that experience on behalf of her family.
Steve Andre, an American freelance photojournalist, has traveled to Ukraine several times since 2010 to document the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, as well as the war being fought in the eastern regions of the country. Over the course of nine visits to the Zone, he has befriended several elders who have returned to their native villages, in spite of the risks associated with constant exposure to radiation.
Available at the Gallery: David McMillan: Growth & Decay, published by Steidl, text by Exhibition Curator Claude Baillargeon
David McMillan’s Chernobyl @ OUAG February 2, 2019 by Glen Mannisto “McMillan’s Chernobyl: An Intimation of the Way the World Would End,” at the Oakland University Art Gallery
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February 1, 2019
Screening of the Film: Chernobyl Heart, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 124 Wilson Hall
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