Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

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Building of the 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, and politics of Ukraine. Other areas of study include Ukrainian literature, archaeology, art, economics, and anthropology. Faculty at the Institute include the three endowed professorships in Ukrainian Studies, which are in the Department of History and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; these are supplemented by other Harvard faculty as well as visiting scholars.

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. These seminars have continued to the present day (since 2001 under the auspices of the Harvard Ukraine Study Group).

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 Harvard University's many libraries. HURI also manages the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute which offers summer courses in various topics relating to Ukraine. It 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. HURI produces Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine, a bulletin covering current events and developments.

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