With the start of WWI came the War Measures Act, which was introduced and activated, in the interest of Canadian national security, to arrest and imprison citizens based on the country from which they had emigrated. Join Ukrainian writers Jars Balan, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Bohdan Kordan as they discuss this controversial statute and its implications for Canada’s Ukrainian community. Alexander Motyl hosts and moderates.
The Shevchenko Foundation is a national, chartered philanthropic institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community.
This event is part of 2014’s Festival focus, Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and across the world around WWI.
Jars Balan has published numerous articles on diverse aspects of the history and literature of Ukrainians in Canada, and is the author of Salt and Braided Bread: Ukrainian Life in Canada. Balan is a freelance writer, editor, literary translator and former broadcaster. Currently he is the co-director of the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) in Edmonton. Balan presents on events and issues during WWI with translated materials from Ukrainian to English not yet published.
Bohdan Kordan is the author of Canada and the Ukrainian Question, 1939–45: A Study in Statecraft; Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War: Internment in Canada during the Great War and A Bare and Impolitic Right: Internment and Ukrainian-Canadian Redress. Currently, Kordan is professor and Chair of the Department of Political Studies, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, and serves as the Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage. He presents his recently completed manuscript, No Free Man: Internment and the Enemy Alien Experience in Canada, 1914–1920.
Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter and professor. He is the author of Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, My Orchidia, Sweet Snow and Fall River. Motyl’s artwork has been exhibited in NYC, Philadelphia and Toronto and is on display at www.artsicle.com. He teaches political science at Rutgers University-Newark.