Paul Robert Magocsi was joined recently by French scholar Philippe de Lara for a presentation of the award-winning book Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence in Paris, France. For our French-speaking friends, we offer a video of the presentation, which took place on September 9, 2017 at the Centre Culturel et d’information de l’Ambassade d’Ukraine.
Many thanks to Irena Karpa, first secretary for cultural affairs at the Ukrainian Embassy, and Natalia Kochubey, director of the embassy’s cultural center, for providing a wonderful venue that allowed for engaging conversation. The French-language video is below.
00:00 - 01:25
Natalia Kochubey, Director, Centre Culturel et d’information de l’Ambassade d’Ukraine in Paris, France.
01:26 - 07:13
Natalia A. Feduschak, Director of Communications, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (Ukrainian with French translation by Ms. Kochubey).
06:28 - 16:44
Philippe de Lara, l’Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
16:45 - 32:47
Paul Robert Magocsi, co-author Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence, as well as the chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.
32:55 - 1:08:57
Question and Answer
Text, video, photos: Natalia A. Feduschak
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