On November 30, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation hosted a virtual conversation with Dr. Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark, on the Holodomor to mark the 87th anniversary of the Stalin-era famine in Ukraine in which millions of people died of starvation.
About the Speaker
Dr. Alexander Motyl is a scholar and an artist. He is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions, empires, and theory, he is the author of 10 books of nonfiction, including Pidsumky imperii; Puti imperii; Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires; Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities; Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism; and The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919–1929. He is the editor of 15 volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2000) and The Holodomor Reader; and a contributor of dozens of articles to academic and policy journals, newspaper op-ed pages, and magazines. He also has a weekly blog, “Ukraine’s Orange Blues”. Motyl is also a novelist, poet, and painter. He has performed his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Ukrainian Museum in New York. Shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto, Motyl’s artwork is represented by the internet gallery, www.artsicle.com. A native New Yorker, Motyl received his Ph.D. in political science, Ph.M. in political science, and M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University. He earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College.