Below is a full list of upcoming and ongoing Havighurst Center-related events. See menu on the left to view detailed schedules of our annual lectures and conferences.


FALL 2022

Thursday, September 8*
Lech Walesa, former President of Poland
Recipient of hundreds of honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honour, and “Time Magazine’s” Person of the Year Award, Walesa will reflect on post-soviet Eastern Europe and how events there will shape the futures of the world’s democracies.  

5:30pm, Taylor Auditorium

Sponsored by The Menard Family Center for Democracy

*Related to the mission of the Havighurst Center, but the Center is not a co-sponsor of the event

Mondays, September 12 - November 28
Havighurst Center Colloquia Series
Focus on Ukraine: Crisis in Europe 
For detailed schedule, visit Colloquia Series page
This colloquium examines Ukraine, Russia, Europe and beyond from the perspective of the current crisis in international security surrounding Russia’s attack on Ukraine. 

Wednesday, September 14

Focus on Ukraine
A Conversation with Yevgenia Belorusets (Virtual)
Yevgenia Belorusets is a Ukrainian photographer and author. Her first collection of stories, Lucky Breaks, was published earlier this year and has received rave reviews. Belorusets’ photographs of miners from the Donbas were shown in the Ukrainian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Her ongoing diary about the war has been featured on NPR and in The Atlantic.  

12:00pm, via Zoom

To join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 892 7327 6765
Passcode: 532856

Wednesday, September 21
Tanja Dückers, German PEN-Center activist
Home Away from Home: Ukrainian and Russian Writers in Exile in Berlin 
This presentation and discussion (in English) will be based on Tanja Dückers's recent and ongoing interviews with exiled authors and journalists and her involvement in translation projects and publication outlets in Berlin and Germany. This event would be of special relevance to the Havighurst Center constituency (students and faculty) as well as anyone from the Miami-wide community interested in the fate of Ukrainian and Russian intellectuals forced to flee the ongoing war. 

Tanja Dückers is a distinguished German author and activist who, since 2015, has been heavily involved in projects aimed at the translation, publication, and integration of works of refugee authors from Syria and other countries into the German cultural scene. 

4:00pm, Irvin Hall 40

The event is being co-sponsored with the Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Tuesday, September 27
Grayson Kirk Lecture

Michael Kimmage, Chair, Department of History, Catholic University
Dr. Michael Kimmage specializes in the history of the Cold War, in twentieth-century U.S. diplomatic and intellectual history, and in U.S.-Russian relations since 1991. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio.  His next book, The Decline of the West: An American Story, is forthcoming with Basic Books. It is a study of transatlantic relations and U.S.-Russian relations from World War I to the present.  Dr. Kimmage will speak on Russia-Ukraine and policy issues. 

6:00pm, Wilks Auditorium, Armstrong Student Center

The Havighurst Center is co-sponsoring with the Grayson Kirk Lecture Series, Department of Global and Intercultural Studies/International Studies Program

Wednesday, September 28 (Virtual)
Focus on Ukraine
Putin’s Propaganda War on Ukraine 
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Born in Kyiv, Peter Pomerantsev is a noted expert on Russian disinformation and propaganda. His books, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia (2014) and This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality (2019) both appeared with PublicAffairs. His writings on the war have appeared in The Atlantic and The New York Times.

5:00pm, via Zoom

To join Zoom meeting:
ID: 86334259663
Passcode: 009228

Tuesday, October 4
Focus on Ukraine
A Conversation with Sergei Loznitsa, filmmaker (V
Sergei Loznitsa is Ukraine's most internationally recognized filmmaker. His documentaries using found archival footage have earned him acclaim at festivals around the world. His two most recent documentaries, Babi Yar: Context (2021) and The Natural History of Destruction (2022) both debuted at Cannes. His documentary film Maidan (2014) and feature film Donbass (2018) also premiered at Cannes: Loznitsa received the Best Director prize in the Un Certain Regard section for Donbass. For more information, see his official website: You can read a recent interview with Loznitsa about cinema, the war, and Ukraine here.

Note for Miami faculty, staff, and students: Maidan and Donbass are both available through Kanopy.

1:30pm, Via Zoom

To join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 870 1410 5996
Passcode: 054171

Monday, October 10
Dmitry Muratov, Journalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 
Russia's War on Ukraine
Dmitry Muratov is a vocal advocate for an independent press and is known for investigating abuses of power.  He helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was the publication’s editor-in-chief when it shut down in March amid the Kremlin’s clampdown on journalists and public dissent in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2021, Muratov donated his prize this past June to be auctioned to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees, where it sold for $103.5 million.

6:00pm, Shriver Center, John Dolobois Room B/C

The event is free, but attendees will require tickets and need to go through a security check.

Tickets available through the Miami University Box Office beginning on September 26.

Co-sponsored by The Menard Family Center for Democracy, The Department of Media, Journalism, and Film and the Diana Stark Speaker Series in Journalism

Thursday, October 13
Ukraine: Personal, Historical, and Geopolitical Perspectives - A Roundtable

with The Havighurst Center, Public Programming, The Michael J. Colligan History Project

As brought to life in Catherine Grace Katz’s "The Daughters of Yalta," Ukraine has long occupied the global crossroads of war and peace. From the ravages of World War II to the outbreak of the most recent European conflict, Ukraine remains the site of bloody battles and bitter struggles over freedom and sovereignty. A distinguished panel of Miami scholars explores the history and current state of Russia-Ukraine relations, inviting public discussion and a clearer understanding of the issues, history, and human costs of war in Ukraine.

7:00pm, 221 High Street, Hamilton

Sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, generously supported by the Colligan Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation. This event is in association with Hamilton’s "One City, One Book" public reading program.  Limited seating available. Reserve your spot at RSVP

Thursday, October 27
Annual Lithuania Lecture
Nationalism and Its Discontents: Invoking History in a Time of War

Saulius Sužiedėlis, professor emeritus, Millersville University of Pennsylvania 
As part of the Lithuania Program sponsored by the Havighurst Center, this year's annual lecture on Lithuania will be given by Dr. Saulius Sužiedelis, professor emeritus of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and leading expert on the history of World War II and the Holocaust in Lithuania. The war in Ukraine has reignited concerns about the role of nationalism in defining the future of Europe. Dr. Sužiedelis will discuss the complex evolution of nationalism and the challenges it presents for our understanding of both historical narratives and current crises. 

5:30pm, Harrison Hall 204

Thursday, November 3
Focus on Ukraine
Poetry Reading and Conversation with Lyuba Yakimchuk
Lyuba Yakimchuk is one of the most acclaimed writers in Ukraine. Born and raised in a coal-mining town in Ukraine’s east, Yakimchuk lost her family home in 2014 when Russian militants occupied the region. Her book of poetry, Apricots of Donbas, came out late last year. Yakimchuk read a poem from the collection at this year's Grammy Awards.

6:00pm, Shriver Center, John Dolobois Room B/C