Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception | 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
New York Athletic Club | 180 Central Park South
The Euromaidan demonstrations began in late November after the Yanukovych regime unexpectedly rejected an Association Agreement with the EU despite years of negotiations. After Ukraine’s Special Forces (called Berkut) used excessive force against students and journalists in early December, the protests turned from pro-EU demonstrations to an expression of frustration with an increasingly authoritarian regime.
In late February 2014, the protests became deadly, with over a hundred demonstrators being killed. President Yanukovych fled the capital and the government was taken over by pro-Maidan politicians. On March 1, the Russian Duma called on Putin to begin a military intervention in Ukraine.
These protests inspired a group of young Ukrainian Americans, including Fordham student Adriana Krasniansky (a junior in the Gabelli School of Business), to form the Group for Tomorrow’s Ukraine (previously The Euromaidan Journalist Collective) in order to quickly, accurately, and creatively relay the events transpiring in Ukraine to an English-speaking audience.
Olena Nikolayenko is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University whose focus is on comparative democratization, social movements, public opinion, and youth, with the regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has been serving as a mentor and faculty sponsor to the Group for Tomorrow’s Ukraine.
Cost is $20 for alumni and includes cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. This event is complimentary to Fordham students.
New York Athletic Club Dress Code:
Men—business suit and tie, sport jacket with slacks and tie, or sport jacket with slacks, collared shirt, turtleneck or mock turtleneck.
Women—business suits, tailored pant or skirt ensembles, and dresses.
All footwear must be dressy or corporate.
Denim clothing is not permitted.
For more information, contact Jake Braithwaite at 212-636-7501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.