It's the start of a new term and the  Kule Folklore Centre would like to welcome back all students, faculty, and friends. We also welcome Dr. Micah True as acting Director while Dr. Jelena Pogosjan is on sabbatical until the end of December. 

Photo: Sunflowers grow from a seed, rising from the earth, producing nutritious seeds, oils, breads and healing remedies. Modern day uses include the growing of sunflowers near Chernobyl to extract radioactive contaminants from ponds following the catastrophic nuclear reactor accident. They have been adopted by the United Nations as the symbol of a world free of nuclear weapons. “Sunflowers instead of missiles in the soil will ensure Peace for future generations.”
Dr. Micah True - Acting Director
Once again the centre has an exciting schedule of lectures and research activities planned for the coming months. Please take a few moments to read our newsletter to catch up on our activities over the summer, get acquainted with new people working in the centre, and check our schedule of upcoming events.
 WELCOME Visiting Scholars and Students 
Post Doctoral Fellow
Matthias Kaltenbrunner (PhD)

Matthias Kaltenbrunner recently completed a post-doc Fellowship at the Institute of East European History, University of Vienna, Austria. The main fields of research include History of Central Europe, Ukraine and Russia in the nineteen and twenty centuries, migration history, and global history. He has authored two monographs as follows: (1) Das global vernetzte Dorf, Eine Migrationsgeschichte [The Globally Connected Village. A Migration History] (Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2017) and (2) Flucht aus dem Todesblock, Der Massenausbruch sowjetischer Kriegsgefangener Offiziere aus dem Block 20 des KZ Mauthausen und die 'Mühlviertler Hasenjagd' [Escape from the Death Block, as well as The Mass Escape of Soviet POWs from Barack no. 20 of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp and the 'Rabbit Chase' in the Mühlviertel Region] (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2012).

While at the University of Alberta, Dr Kaltenbrunner will be working on the Local Cultures and Diversity on the Prairies project files at the Kule Folklore Centre as well as various projects at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS).
Huculak Fellow
Maria Mayerchyk (PhD)

Dr. Mayerchyk is a Ukrainian scholar in folklore, ethnology and cultural studies. She has the rank of Senior Scholar and holds a position of Senior Research Associate at the Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Maria teaches at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is the author of numerous publications in Ukrainian, English, Polish, German, French, Chinese, and Russian, including her first book entitled “Ritual and the Body: Structural-Semantic Studies of Ukrainian Family Rites” (in Ukrainian) published in Kyiv (Krytyka, 2011). The most recent book by Maria Mayerchyk (co-edited volume) “Inventing the Obscene. The Hidden Collections of Fedir Vovk: the Ethnography of Sexuality in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century” (Krytyka, 2018) got the 2019 Ukrainian National Book of the Year Award in the nomination “Ethnography”.

During her term at the Kule Folklore Centre, Dr. Mayerchyk will be teaching SLAV 204 - Slavic Folklore and Mythology -  Fall 2019, as well as working on the Local Cultures and Diversity on the Prairies project.
Nataliya Bezborodova - PhD Student - Anthropology
Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn - PhD - Student - Media & Cultural Studies
Kaitlyn Chomitzky  - MA Student - Media & Cultural Studies
Liljana Gulcev - PhD (ABD) - Media & Cultural Studies
Olga Zaitseva-Herz - PhD Student - Ethnomusicology

Lynnien Pawluk - Kule Centre Coordinator
Maryna Chernyavska - Archivist  
Ashley Halko-Addley - Cultural Heritage Intern
Eric Fincham - Archival Assistant

"Love Letters From the Past" - Book and Website Launch

Over the summer, the "Love Letters" research team continued working on the project and are now happy to share with everyone the companion book to the exhibit, as well as a new website which offers more in-depth information on each of the topics. Please join us on September 21 at 1pm as we launch the new book and site.

The exhibit will be on display from September 20 - October 6, 2019.
Click here to visit the

Love Letters Website

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to  or 780.492-6906
Welcome to the 2019 Fall Semester Kule Folklore Centre Lunch Series.
This semester we are hosting three exciting guest lecturers.
See below for dates and locations.
Refreshments will be served.  Please join us!

Friday, September 27, 2019
from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Kule Folklore Centre, 250 Old Arts Building

I will present my book project entitled
"The Globally Connected Village: A Canadian-Ukrainian History". 
My study focuses on the tiny village of
Rusiv shaped by intensive migration processes to Canada in the first
half of the 20th century. The personal, economic and cultural ties
between migrants and non-migrants proved to be impressively persistent,
even decades after the migration processes themselves had come to an end
- they were even strong enough to permeate the Iron Curtain.

Upcoming Lectures:

Friday, October 25, 2019 
 From 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Kule Folklore Centre, 250 Old Arts Building

Guest Lecture by Mariya Mayerchuk (PhD)
‘… A hodgepodge of Pious and Frivolous Songs’:
Ukrainian Folklore in Baroque Manuscripts

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
 From 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Location TBA
Guest Lecture by Trevor J. Blank (PhD)

Trevor Blank has an impressive hold over the trajectory of digital folklore scholarship.  He tackles head-on one of the most significant obstacles facing researchers in digital culture and will share his latest findings and projects.


    Ukrainian Folklore Courses Online    

Congratulations to Dr. Jelena Pogosjan and Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn on the successful launch of the first MLCS completely online course - Slav-399 Early Ukrainian Canadian Culture. This course came on-line for the Summer 2019 session - 17 students registered from across Canada. The course will be offered again in Summer 2020 and will be accessible globally to anyone with internet connections. 
Registration opens on Beartracks - February 2020

Early Ukrainian Canadian Culture is an online course that explores the settlement history and immigration narratives of the first two waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada (1891-1939).  

This course explores cultural identity, folklore and key issues facing immigrants when integrating into a new community. Early Ukrainian Canadian Culture is for students from all faculties with an interest in working with archival materials and acquiring a basic familiarity with Ukrainian traditions in the diaspora.

Delivery: Online
Prerequisites: None
Commitment: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/day
This course consists of a required Introductory Unit  plus a choice of 6 Units. 


 The course is divided into 14 thematic units. All student are required to do the Introduction plus any 6 units of their choice. 

Unit topics include: 

- Calendar Customs
- Canada's WWI Internment Camps
- Clothing & Textiles
- Communication 1 - Letter Writing Culture
- Communication 2 - Newspapers and Reading Rooms
- Early Settlement Patterns\Shelter
- Folk Art & Fine Art
- Food & Medicine
- Life Cycle Rituals: Wedding
- Music & Performance
- Photography
- Religious Culture
- Ukrainian Canadian Women
- Ukrainian Education in Canada

Registration opens on Beartracks February 2020
The Kule Folklore Centre and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies would like to Congratulate Ashley Halko-Addley on her completion of a Masters Degree in Media and Cultural Studies. Her study focus was on Ukrainian Folklore, with a specific interest in the Wax Healing Ceremony. For more information, visit her website Waxing Away Illness.
Congratulations Ashley!!!
Congratulations to PhD student Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn on receiving the Metro Gulutsan Memorial Scholarship - awarded annually on the basis of superior academic achievement to a student registered full-time in a graduate degree program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts whose area of research is related to Eastern European and Slavic Studies.

On September 3, 2019, Dean of Arts Leslie Cormack joined MLCS Chair Carrie Smith to announce the launch of a new single major in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. Emphasizing skill building, experiential learning and breadth, this program will serve to give students a strong theoretical foundation steeped in languages, comparative and cultural studies. Upon completion, students will have: language proficiency in (at least) one foreign language (Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Italian, +), explored critical and analytical thinking strategies, honed their oral and written communication skills, engaged in sharing cross-cultural knowledge, and have the ability to evaluate and interpret linguistic and cultural production, such as literary texts, films, political and historical documents, rituals and folkways.
For more information: MLCS Undergraduate Information  or 780-492-4926


Congratulations to Award Recipients!

The Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre (FUFC) generously provide scholarships to promote Ukrainian ethnology through the study of arts, customs, beliefs, and other traditions. 

This year's recipients participated in the online course:
SLAV 399 - Early Ukrainian Canadian Culture

Congratulations to:

Dawn Ellen Chrystian
Taylor Ashley Joseph
Sofia Lavrinenko
James Andrew Lis
Sean Martin Lis
Alla Martchouk
 Lukas Plevko
 Alina Radziwon
Nadia Shameka Sadiq

The Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre Student Award 
provides valuable financial assistance to undergraduate university students to pursue post-secondary education in Ukrainian folklore that will also enhance the awareness of Ukrainian folklore within the community. Up to 24 awards of $250 each are awarded annually to undergraduate students enrolled in Ukrainian Folklore courses at the University of Alberta. Scholarships will be awarded based on performance (academic standing). This award is issued at the completion of each term based on FUFC Board's review. 
For more information about these awards please go to:
Folklore Scholarships & Awards
Love Letters from the Past:
Courtship, Companionship & Family in the Ukrainian Canadian Community

This publication is a 144 page companion to the touring exhibit. It includes additional letters, full-size stories, photographs, and interviews that augment the information on display, and provides more detailed analysis of each of the exhibit’s topics. 
Co-authored by: Nataliya Bezborodova, Ashley Halko-Addley, Jelena Pogosjan, Tatiana Saburova, Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, and Lina Shaw.

NOW Available: $39.00 + shipping.

To order:  or 780.492-6906
Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky
Про вовка промовка...
Speak of the wolf...[and so he appears]

Listen to Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky explain this proverb 
on 740 CFCW
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