Release Date: May 3, 2022
BUFFALO, N.Y — A multidisciplinary group of University at Buffalo experts will host a panel discussion on May 11 to discuss the war in Ukraine.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 109 of Knox Hall on UB’s North Campus. After 3 p.m., permits are not required for many nearby parking lots.
Spearheaded by Avto Kharchilava, PhD, professor of physics, and Katherine Zubovich, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of History who studies Russian history, the event will delve into the war from a variety of academic disciplines.
The goal, Kharchilava says, is to open a dialogue that holistically examines the war, which began more than two months ago when Russian forces invaded Ukraine.
“We know many people are busy with the semester ending and upcoming graduation ceremonies, but we wanted to convene this panel to make sure there is continued discussion of the war, which is tragically affecting so many people,” he says.
In addition to Kharchilava, the panelists include:
For Kharchilava, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is hauntingly familiar.
In 2008, he was visiting his native Georgia with his wife, Ia Iashvili, PhD, also a professor of physics at UB, and their then-5-year-old son, when Russian forces invaded the nation. The family safely returned home after a harrowing week of uncertainty.
In conjunction with the panel discussion, the Center for the Arts, which is nearby on North Campus, will be lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag the evening of May 11.