Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: Yulia Tymoshenko Joins Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Angela Merkel, And Wu Yi On New York City's Stage

Talk by Yulia Tymoshenko

Monday, 26 February 2007, 6:00pm
Rotunda of Low Memorial Library, 535 W. 116th St., Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

The Columbia Ukrainian Studies Program and Harriman Institute, in cooperation with representatives of New York University and Princeton University, will host a talk by Ukrainian political leader:

Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko is a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and a leader of Ukraine's main opposition party, the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT). Ms. Tymoshenko was a key leader of the Orange Revolution, and became Ukraine's first female Prime Minister (from January-September 2005). In July 2005, Forbes magazine named her the 3rd of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

Reservations are required, as seating will be limited to 450 individuals and will be filled the day of the talk on a first-come/first-served basis. To RSVP, please call 212-854-9016 or email and provide your name and phone number.

This talk, which will be in Ukrainian with simultaneous translation into English, is free and open to the public. (For those who are not in the NYC area and are unable to attend, the talk will also be broadcast over the Internet via webcast.)


On 28 July 2005, Forbes magazine named her third most powerful woman in the world, behind only Condoleezza Rice and Wu Yi. However, in the magazine's new list published on 1 September 2006, Tymoshenko did not even make the top 100. She was dismissed by President Viktor Yushchenko in September 2005, after only eight months on the job since leading the country’s Orange Revolution. Her coalition was unable to overcome opposition from former and now restored Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Jennifer Balkan "O Fortuna 2" 2006

48" x 36", oil on birch

"Jennifer Balkan did not begin to paint seriously until 2002. Up until that point she was on a quest to do sociopolitical international work. Jennifer completed a Ph.D. in sociology in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin. Graduate school came and went replete with repeated introspection. Although she met academic challenges, she longed for creative expression. The highlight of her doctoral education was the completion of an anthropological study on human migration in Chiapas, Mexico where she lived for a little under a year. Still feeling uncertain about her path, Jennifer remained in Austin and worked doing socioeconomic research and population analyses following graduate school. It was not until August of 2001 that she would embrace her passion, to be a painter."

Photo and caption credit: (c) Jennifer Balkan and Galerie Dalray 2006. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Galerie Daray in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. With thanks.


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