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Brooklyn College sponsors online discussion on Ukraine


The Brooklyn College campus library in Midwood. Wikimedia Photo by Beyond My Ken

New York City has one of the largest concentrations of Ukrainians, with estimates ranging from 80,000 to 150,000. In Brooklyn, many live in Brighton Beach (whose nickname, “Little Odessa,” refers to a Ukrainian seaside town) or at Sheepshead Bay.

Many of the immigrants New Yorkers casually refer to as “Russians” are actually Ukrainians. And the current war between Russia and Ukraine is important to them, as it is to New Yorkers in general.

On Monday, Brooklyn College is hosting an online discussion on Russia’s war in Ukraine, moderated by faculty from the college and others. This will be an opportunity to learn about historical and political backgrounds, ask questions, and share feelings and ways to help.

The public is invited, but participation is limited. Registration is mandatory here.

Panelists include:

Janet Elise Johnson, professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Her books include “The Gender of Informal Politics”, “Gender Violence in Russia” and “Living Gender after Communism”. In recent years, she has published articles in Post-Soviet Affairs, Russian Review, Slavic Review and other academic publications as well as the new yorker and The Washington Post. She recently served on the executive committee of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and coordinates a monthly workshop on gender and transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, now affiliated with the CUNY Grad Center.

Brigid O’Keeffe, professor of political science, Brooklyn College. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College

Brigitte O’Keeffe, professor of history at Brooklyn College. She specializes in the history of late Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. O’Keeffe is the author of “The Multiethnic Soviet Union and Its Demise”, “Esperanto and the Languages ​​of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia”, and “New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance and Individuality in the Early Years”. ‘Soviet Union “. O’Keeffe’s scholarship appeared in Slavic Review, Kritika, The Slavic and Eastern European Review, Eastern European Jewish Affairs and other academic publications.

Irina Patkanian, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Brooklyn College. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College

Irina Patkanyan, an award-winning filmmaker, a Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Film and Media Arts in the Department of Television, Radio, and Emerging Media at Brooklyn College/CUNY, and the President of “In Parentheses,” a film, theater, and media arts New York-based non-profit company that has been supporting immigrant women artists since 1995. Irina Patkanian makes hybrid (fiction/non-fiction) films that question history through poetry, memory through animation, performance through behviour. His films have screened at over 140 film festivals around the world, winning over 20 awards, including DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, STARZ Denver, Palm Springs, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and many more.

Moustafa Bayoumi, author on Muslim and Arab-American subjects. Photo by Neville Elder

Moustapha Bayoumi, the author of the critically acclaimedHow does it feel to be a problem? : Being young and Arab in America (Penguin),” which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. It has also been translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers. His latest book, “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror” (NYU Press), was voted best book of 2015 by The progressive magazine and also received the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Mojúbàolú Olufunke Okome, an international political economist whose regional specialization is on the African continent. A graduate of the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Long Island University and Columbia University, she is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and former director of the women’s studies program at the college. Born in Nigeria, Mojúbàolú has worked on international development issues as a consultant for clients including the United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Her most recent publications are an edited book published in 2013 by Palgrave-Macmillan: “State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria” and a co-edited book with Afia Serwaa Zakiya published by Bookbuilders, Ibadan, Nigeria: “Women’s Political and Legislative Participation in Nigeria: Perspectives Challenging the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organization.

Anna Gotlib, associate professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College, specializing in feminist bioethics/medical ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of law. She got her doctorate. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and a JD from Cornell Law School. Anna co-edits the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. His work has appeared in The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Medical Humanities, Hypatia, Aeon/Psyche and other publications. His edited volume, titled Responses to a pandemic: philosophical and political reflectionsto be published in 2022.

Jesus Perez, the director of the Immigrant Student Success Office at Brooklyn College.