Megan Buskey at Harvard Book Store


Ukraine is Not Dead Yet:
A Family Story of Exile and Return

in conversation with EMILY CHANNELL-JUSTICE


February 20, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MEGAN BUSKEY—contributor to The Atlantic, The New Republic, and NPR’s All Things Considered—for a discussion of her new book Ukraine is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return. She will be joined in conversation by EMILY CHANNELL-JUSTICE—Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.

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About Ukraine is Not Dead Yet

When Megan Buskey’s grandmother Anna dies in Cleveland in 2013, Megan is compelled in her grief to uncover and document her grandmother’s life as a native of Ukraine. A Ukrainian American, Buskey returns to her family’s homeland and enlists her relatives there to help her in her quest―and discovers much more than she expected. The result is an extraordinary journey that traces one woman’s story across Ukraine’s difficult twentieth century, from a Galician village emerging from serfdom, to the “bloodlands” of Eastern Europe during World War II, to the Siberian hinterlands where Anna spent almost two decades in exile before receiving the rare opportunity to emigrate from the Soviet Union in the 1960s. In the course of her research, Megan encounters essential and sometimes disturbing aspects of recent Ukrainian history, such as Nazi collaboration, the rise and persistence of Ukrainian nationalism, and the shattering impact of Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022. Yet her wide-ranging inquiries keep leading her back to universal questions: What does family mean? How can you forge connections between generations that span different cultures, times, and places? And, perhaps most hauntingly, how can you best remember a complicated past that is at once foreign and personal?

Praise for Ukraine is Not Dead Yet

"One of the best and most intimate histories of Ukraine you’ll read." —Christopher Miller, Ukraine correspondent, Financial Times

"A painfully honest and carefully researched journey of a Ukrainian American into her family’s complicated and difficult past. Anchored in the catastrophe of the Second World War and the subsequent Stalinist repression of the Ukrainian peasantry, the story flows, unexpectedly to the author herself, into the unfolding drama of the current Russian invasion. Thoughtful and beautifully written." —Jan Gross, Princeton University, author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

"What happens when you set out on a journey through your family’s history? In this moving and progressively darker book, Megan Buskey returns to the landscapes and people of western Ukraine only to stare directly at the forgotten, repressed, and denied horrors of another era. A riveting read, all the more poignant in view of the current war in Ukraine." —Omer Bartov, Brown University, author of Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

Emily Channell-Justice
Emily Channell-Justice

Emily Channell-Justice

EMILY CHANNELL-JUSTICE is the Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who has been doing research in Ukraine since 2012. Her book, Without the State: Self-Organization and Political Activism in Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2022), is based on research on political activism and social movements among students and feminists during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan mobilizations. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her current research is about forced displacement in Ukraine since 2014.

Megan Buskey
Megan Buskey

Megan Buskey

MEGAN BUSKEY is a nonfiction writer who has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, The New Republic, NPR’s All Things Considered, and other outlets. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, she has been studying and writing about the country for two decades. She lives in New York City.

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