200th anniversary since the birth of Taras ShevchenkoMar 09, 2014
Today marks the 200th anniversary since the birth of Taras Shevchenko, a great Ukrainian poet, writer, painter, ethnographer and civil rights activist. Out of 47 years of his life, Ukraine’s cultural godfather spent 27 in slavery, 10 in exile, and the rest under the constant watch from the Imperial police. His legacy includes over 1,000 paintings and thousands of poems and prosaic works. Taras Shevchenko became one of the best known symbolic figures of the Ukrainian nation not just for his creative achievements, but also for his fight for freedom, against slavery and the institution of serfdom itself.
On March 9, celebrations in honor of Taras Shevchenko are taking place all over Ukraine and around the world. His ideas and messages are of utmost relevance in Ukraine’s current situation. He had a vision for Ukraine as an independent, sovereign and free country, and spoke up against oppression and imperialism. The poems of Taras Shevchenko were recited at Euromaidan both from the stage and among the people participating in demonstrations. For two centuries, Shevchenko has been inspiring Ukrainian people and their national identity.
EESA would like to express its support to all of our staff, colleagues and all the people in Ukraine. EESA stands for Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty, and strongly condemns violence and foreign military aggression. We hope that a peaceful diplomatic solution to the crisis in Crimea will be found soon. EESA’s spring semester students have been evacuated from Ukraine to Poland or U.S. and are most likely to complete their semester through on-line instruction. EESA is still planning to hold the summer and fall sessions in Ukraine as scheduled this year.