Discussion by Andriy Kononenko: "First-hand Perspectives on the Protests in Kiev"
Fri, January 17, 2014 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • BUR 231
Join us for an open discussion the the recent protests in Ukraine!
Mr. Andriy Kononenko is the co-owner of the NovaMova International Language School in Kiev, Ukraine. Each year NovaMova teaches Russian and Ukrainian to more than 800 students from around the world. For the past month, Mr. Kononenko has been an active participant in the EUROMAIDAN demonstrations in downtown Kiev. His talk here at UT will discuss the key events surrounding the current protests in Kiev and across Ukraine. Mr. Kononenko will be sharing his perspectives on the recent demonstrations in Kiev and around Ukraine, which occurred as a result of Ukraine's decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.
Mr. Kononekno was born in 1970 in southern Ukraine. After high school, he worked as a sailor in the Black Sea merchant marine fleet and then served in the Red Army in East Germany from 1988-1990. He then studied at Shevchenko University with a major in English and German language interpreting. From 1995-1997, he worked as a camp counselor for the Salvation Army in West Michigan. He coordinated political party training programs for the National Democratic Institute for Foreign Affairs contributing to the events that lead to the Orange Revolution in 2004. He remains a freelance interpreter for a number of government and corporate institutions. Fifteen years ago he funded a language training institute NovaMova to implement ideas that lead to successful language and interpreting practice. NovaMova delivers its services to government and military sector of the USA, Great Britain, Canada as well as a number of civic colleges and universities.