5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Ukrainian-Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Early Soviet Union

In the history of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, it’s the dark moments that often dominate collective memory. Yet, throughout much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Russian and Soviet empires, Ukrainians and Jews had much in common that brought them together. The panelists will discuss the richness, diversity, and sheer complexity of Ukrainian-Jewish encounters through the lens of cultural production in the early Soviet Union.
A reception will follow to celebrate the release of Odessa Review’s latest edition focusing on Ukrainian-Jewish relations. The Odessa Review issue and Mayhill Fowler’s book, “Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine,” will be available for sale and autographing.


  • Vladislav Davidzon

    Editor-in-Chief, The Odessa Review
  • Mayhill Fowler

    Assistant Professor of History and Director of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies Program, Stetson University
  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
    former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)