Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University devoted to Ukrainian studies, including the history, culture, language, literature, and politics of Ukraine. Other areas of study include sociology, archaeology, art, economics, and anthropology.

Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
FormationJune 1973; 50 years ago (1973-06)[1]
PurposeTo advance knowledge of Ukraine
Establishment of Ukrainian Studies
HeadquartersCambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°24′N 71°06′W / 42.400°N 71.100°W / 42.400; -71.100
Official languages
Serhii Plokhii
Parent organization
Harvard University
Websitehuri.harvard.edu official URL

History Edit

HURI was formally founded in 1973 by Omeljan Pritsak and other leading scholars in Ukrainian studies. It functions as a focal point for undergraduate and graduate students, fellows, and professors and provides assistance with their research. Prior to the establishment of HURI, its founders organized weekly seminars in Ukrainian studies.

HURI maintains one of the largest collections of Ukrainian books and other media available in the West, both in its own collection and in those stored in the Harvard Library.[2] HURI also manages the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, which offers summer courses in Ukrainian language, history, literature, and culture, as part of the Harvard Summer School. The institute publishes the Harvard Ukrainian Studies journal—founded in 1977—and a series of book publications, including the Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies, the Harvard Library of Early Ukrainian Literature, and Harvard Papers in Ukrainian Studies.[3]

In the mid-1950s, a group of student activists and members of the Ukrainian-American community sought to preserve Ukraine's unique culture and history, which were suppressed in Soviet Ukraine and unfamiliar to political and intellectual establishments in the West.[4]

Under the guidance of Omeljan Pritsak at Harvard, the group's general goal was shaped into a vision for three endowed chairs in Ukrainian studies at a major university, along with a research institute to support and broaden the scholarship. With the assistance of the Ukrainian Studies Fund, the Ukrainian studies program was established with three endowed professorships in the departments of History and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, beginning on January 22, 1968, the 50th anniversary of Ukraine's first proclamation of independence.

On 25 February 2022, in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, HURI issued a statement against the Russian military invasion and in support of Ukraine and Ukrainians.[5]

Selected publications Edit


  • Harvard Ukrainian Studies (1977-2019)
Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 36, No. 3
ISSN 0363-5570


Pamphlets and Offprint Series

Sources and Documents Series

Footnotes Edit

  1. ^ "History of the Institute". Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  2. ^ Kiebuzinski, Ksenya (2007). "A guide to Ukrainian special collections at Harvard University". Harvard Library Bulletin. 18 (3–4): 1–107.
  3. ^ "History of the Institute - Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University". huri.harvard.edu. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ Sorokowski, A., ed. (1993). The Ukrainian Research Institute: Twenty Years. Cambridge: Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.
  5. ^ "Statement on Russia's War Against Ukraine". Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. Archived from the original on 27 February 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2022.

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