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Feb. 9, 2005

Visiting Scholar To Discuss Ukraine's 'Orange Revolution' Feb. 16

Ukraine's peaceful protests, in support of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko  after his loss to Viktor Yanukovych in last November's presidential election, mesmerized the world.

This "Orange Revolution," a movement of Ukrainian citizens to protest election fraud in the second round of their election on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, will be the topic of discussion for the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon. University of Iowa Visiting Associate Professor Oleksandr Komarenko will discuss Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" Wednesday, Feb. 16. The luncheon will start at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

An election rally of many thousands of supporters grew in the following days to a rally of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people, with some people camping out along the central street in the city. The "orange" part of the revolution comes from the chestnut trees that are very common in this area and are symbols of Kiev. This "orange" became Yushchenko's campaign color.

Komarenko is associate professor of history at Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University in Ukraine. He is at the UI through a partnership program between the two universities, working as a visiting associate professor in the UI political science department during winter sessions of 2003-2005.

Komarenko is also a deputy dean of the faculty of history, Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University, whose students participated actively in "The Orange Revolution." He is working on a manuscript concerning the radicalization of the Ukrainian society during World War I and the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1920.  He was a Fulbright grantee at Stanford University from January through August of 1994 and has had more than 30 articles published in scholarly journals.

Abel's Catering will cater the Feb. 16 luncheon. The program is in part supported by Hayek Hayek Brown Moreland & Hayek LLP and Kent Braverman and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. For those unable to attend the lecture, WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program on Thursday, Feb. 17, following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52232-1802. Reservations for the Komarenko luncheon should be received in the office by noon, Monday, Feb. 14. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

For more information on this program or the ICFRC, contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services.  Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP), these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Diana Brace