Ukraine: Art & Politics - a panel discussion


Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 5pm – 7pm

Florida Gulf Coast University – Edwards Hall – room 112

Florida Gulf Coast University Library hosts a panel discussion, Ukraine: Art & Politics on Thursday, November 12th from 5-7pm on the FGCU campus. The panel discussion is inspired by the Library’s current exhibition Україна: Ukraine – *The Maniichuk-Brady Collection of Socialist Realist Art. *The exhibit features museum quality works created by Ukrainian artists during the decades following the death of Stalin and preceding the fall of the USSR (1953-1991). Upon Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the official art of the Soviet period was discredited as propaganda and the paintings were subjected to systematic destruction. Some 150 paintings were rescued by Jurii Maniichuk in the mid-90s, and a portion of the collection resides in Naples.

The discussion inspired by these works will include panelists from Ukraine, political science faculty, a former U.S. government official and current political consultant, and journalists who will be discussing Ukraine behind the Iron Curtain and its current political unrest. The discussion, moderated by journalist and author Lyn Millner, will revolve around the theme of lessons we can learn from a better understanding of the past.


Lyn Millner’s radio stories and essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition and on American Public Media’s Marketplace. Her print work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Oxford American, the Hollywood Reporter, and Boca Raton magazine. She teaches journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University and is the author of “The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet.”

Panel Members:

Rose Brady is a writer and editor based in Naples, Florida. A former senior editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, she was stationed in Moscow as bureau chief from 1989-1993 covering the Soviet Union during the end of the Cold War. She was married to Jurii Maniichuk in 2000 and has been the administrator of The Maniichuk-Brady Collection of Socialist Realist Art since 2009.

*George Nesterczuk *served as a senior official in the Reagan Administration, holding successive positions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Transportation. A former Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Civil Service of the Committee on Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, he later became Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for the Department of Defense from 2004 to 2006. He currently provides management consulting services through his firm Nesterczuk and Associates, including consulting with Ukrainian government officials on public administration sector reforms.

Richard W. Coughlin, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University in 1993. From 1991 to 1997, he taught international relations, political theory, and comparative government at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Coughlin has taught at Florida Gulf Coast University for the last 10 years. His research interests include international political economy and immigration policy.

*Alla Abata *was an associate professor of technology and design in textiles at the Kiev National University of Technology and Design from 1990-2011. Originally from Ukraine, she currently resides in Southwest Florida and is attending Florida Gulf Coast University.

The exhibit Україна: Ukraine – *The Maniichuk-Brady Collection of Socialist Realist Art *is on display through Dec. 3 in FGCU Library Archives, 3rd floor, room 322. Viewing hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Contact: Melissa VandeBurgt, Head of Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives, FGCU Library, 239-590-7658