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Slavic Languages & Literatures pres.

Which Revolution?: Ukraine Five Years Later

Mark Dillen & Jessica Zychowicz

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Panelists Mark Dillen and Jessica Zychowicz will discuss democracy in Ukraine in the context of regime change and the 2019 Presidential Elections.
Moderated by Professor Mikhail Krutikov
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Mark E. Dillen is an international media and communications consultant and CEO of Dillen Associates LLC. Most recently he was a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine, teaching a course on U.S. news media to graduate students at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

During a career in the US Foreign Service, Mark managed media and cultural relations for US embassies in Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Sofia and Belgrade. He was also Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Rome. From 2000-2001, he was an advisor to the State Department’s office handling assistance programs in the former Soviet Union, and in 2010-11, Mark led the communications and media relations work of the USAID Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. He returned to USAID in 2013 to handle communications for a new White House initiative, Power Africa, designed to dramatically increase the availability of electrical power in sub-Saharan Africa.

Based now in Denver, San Francisco and Rovinj (Croatia), Mark continues his international consulting work advising clients in the U.S. and abroad.

Dillen has a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA (cum laude) in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan. He has been a Diplomat-in-Residence at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies of Johns Hopkins University and attended the program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mark speaks Russian, Ukrainian, German, Italian, Croatian, Serbian and Bulgarian.

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Dr. Jessica Zychowicz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP) at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at University of Alberta. Dr. Zychowicz was recently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2017-18) based at Kyiv-Mohyla University. Her monograph, "Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in 21st Century Ukraine" is forthcoming at University of Toronto Press. She was a Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs (2015-16) and is and editor of a forum at the journal "Krytyka" dedicated to the study of race and postcolonialism, as well as a special issue of EWJUS dedicated to the literary and film history of Odessa. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2015. Website: www.jes-zychowicz.com.
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