Ukraine is focus of Houghton University public series this week

A week of evening sessions on the current situation in Ukraine, the war and the country’s future are the focus of a public series being provided, starting tonight, at Houghton University.

The gatherings, at different campus locations at 1 Willard Avenue, will include professors from two universities, Houghton graduates who are working for the U.S. State Department and World Bank, students who are focused on international and multicultural affairs, a Houghton music instructor and conductor from Ukraine, and a documentary movie about the besieged City of Mariupol.

The sessions comprise this year’s Kindschi Faith and Justice Symposium, an annual activity funded by alumni P. Douglas and Barbara Kindschi, which seeks to create awareness and dialogue around key issues, opportunities and challenges, facilitate ongoing conversations, and build partnerships to enhance programs.

Recent focuses have included War and Conflict: Creating Sanctuaries in Times of Violence; Church: United or Divided; The Church & Global Health: The Body of Christ Ministering to Broken Bodies; and Around the Table: Interfaith Dialogue.

Paul Miller, professor of the practice and co-chair for global politics and security at Georgetown University, will speak at 7:30PM tonight in Schaller Hall, Paine 214, on Fighting for Hope: Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the Future of World Order, comparing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Ukraine and their impact on free world order.

This week’s other sessions include:

Tuesday, March 5 – Library 323: Literary Perspectives on the War in Ukraine, a panel discussion by Houghton Professors Meilaender and Jesse Sharpe, and students Rachel Wells and Tymofii Rozvadovskyi, in regard to writings by both a Ukrainian novelist and poet following Russia’s invasion of their country two years ago.

Wednesday, March 6 – Library 323: How Will the World Be Different?: A Practitioner’s Perspective, a discussion by Houghton graduates Chelsea Kinsman who works for the U.S. State Department in Jerusalem, Peter Savage who is with the State Department in Washington, D.C., and Caleb Johnson who works for the World Bank in Vienna, Austria, along with Houghton senior Cody Johnson who has won a Rangel Fellowship to support graduate study in international relations next year.

Thursday, March 7 – Library 323: Between Two Worlds: A Conversation with Theodore Kuchar, Houghton music professor and conductor who also is the principal conductor of the Liviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, as to what the Ukraine War means for music, the arts, and the broader cultural realm.

Friday, March 8 – Center for the Arts Recital Hall: A screening of the PBS/Frontline award-winning documentary, 20 Days in Mariupol, which documents the besiege of the City of Mariupol, which was under fierce Russian assault during the opening days of the war.

The film, which is described as providing a harrowing look at the atrocities of war, will be followed by a Houghton faculty discussion on how Christians should respond to the evil, suffering, terror, and violence of war.

Further information about the series is available at