Community Response to War in Ukraine

The Colgate community is responding and reacting to the war in Ukraine.

Colgate's interdisciplinary experts in authoritarianism and the postsocialist regions of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia have collaborated to educate students and the greater public about the crisis in Ukraine and to raise awareness about organizations providing relief for refugees of the conflict.

Panel Discussions and Events

A World-Changing War Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Russia's War on Ukraine

April 26, 2022

Dafna Rachok (anthropology PhD candidate at Indiana University Bloomngton) and Ivan Shmatko (sociology PhD student at University of Alberta) have been working since the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine in late February to furnish protective gear and emergency medical supplies for Ukrainian territorial defense personnel, as well as to help civilians to move away from active war zones. We will have a chance to hear about the complexity of this work and to ask questions about their ongoing experience of the war.

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Ukraine, Russia, and the World: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

March 2, 2022
Members of the Colgate community gathered online for a conversation about Russia’s war on Ukraine. Colgate faculty provided historically informed reflections on the unfolding situation, and students were encouraged to ask questions of the panel members.

Panelists included: Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives Lyosha Gorshkov, Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Program Jessica Graybill, Assistant Professor of Political Science Masha Hedberg, Associate Professor of Political Science Valerie Morkevicius, and Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies Nancy Ries.

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Ukrainian Sovereignty and Regional Stability

February 15, 2022
Colgate’s Center for Freedom and Western Civilization hosted a panel discussion shortly before war broke out. The center welcomed Serhii Plokhii, the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian history and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, to a discussion with Colgate Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Program Jessica Graybill and Associate Professor of Political Science Valerie Morkevičius.

The program was sponsored by the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization and co-sponsored by the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Lampert Institute.

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Community Support

Aleksandr Sklyar (Visiting Assistant Professor in University Studies) and Ciccone Commons Residential Fellow Dvorah Southland (Class of 2021) have worked to review various aid groups working to support refugees and people in Ukraine. Visit Professor Graybill’s website for more details.

Ongoing Aid and Support

Members of Colgate’s faculty met after hours on March 2 to discuss further ideas and plans for additional support and academic examination of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Additional details about upcoming events and other outreach will be published on this page as it becomes available.

Additional Resources

Ukraine LibGuide

Colgate librarians have assembled an online resource page with maps, news links, campus updates, and additional academic materials for anyone doing research on the conflict.

Ukraine LibGuide

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Russia’s War on Ukraine

Russia launched its unprovoked war of aggression on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Anthropologists, with intimate experience on the ground, are striving to contextualize and capture crucial details about this war, while also finding myriad ways to support Ukrainian communities and their friends and colleagues who are suffering. The ethnographic essays and firsthand snapshots gathered here convey the terror of invasion and displacement, the agency of collaborative and sometimes clandestine action, and a resonant sense of the emotive complexity of this unfolding war.

Ries, Nancy, Catherine Wanner, and Elizabeth Cullen Dunn. 2022. "Russia’s War on Ukraine." Hot Spots, Fieldsights, March 11.

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Russia's War on Ukraine series continuation

Your Help

The Russian and Eurasian Studies Program continues to seek ways to continue engaging Colgate and surrounding communities in understanding the war and seeking peaceful ways to engage with each other about it. Send questions or ideas to