Martha Dyczok, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
April 24, 2020 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE

Update as of 3/17: All AIA lectures are on hold until further notice.

Ukraine is frequently in the news in the US. But what is overlooked are domestic developments in Ukraine that are essential to understanding the country, its relations with the United States and Russia, and its role in the international arena.

Ukraine’s 2019 presidential election will likely make it into the textbooks. An actor with no political experience won a landslide victory without campaigning in traditional ways. He did not meet with voters, largely refused to give interviews, and made only two live media appearances at the tail end of the campaign. Volodymyr Zelensky won the presidency by using media in a new way: he played a character in a popular TV series. And he was business partners with one of country’s richest men, who owned one of the country’s most powerful media corporation that aired the show. This talk will look at how a virtual candidate became a real president. It will also provide an analysis of how media is affecting Ukraine and its role in the world.

Martha Dyczok is Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario, Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and Adjunct Professor at the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She has published five books, the most recent of which are Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio (2016) and Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges (2015).

Lecture: $15/Albuquerque International Association (AIA) Members, $25/Non-Members; Students (under 30) with ID – Free. Please address checks to AIA and mail to AIA, PO Box 92995, Albuquerque, NM 87199 by April 22, 2020. You can also pay on-line with credit card or at the door (cash or check only).

*Early Bird 20% Discount: $12/AIA Members, $20/Non-Members. Payment deadline is April 10, 2020.

Sponsored in part by UNM History Department