Megan Buskey - "Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet"

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Megan Buskey

Megan Buskey will discuss Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with International House at the University of Chicago

This event will now be held in person at The Seminary Co-op.


About the book: It wasn’t until well into adolescence that Megan Buskey learned the basic facts of her family history: her mother grew up in a gulag exile settlement because her grandparents were deported from their Ukrainian village to Siberia after the Second World War. Following her grandmother’s death in 2013, Buskey began to broach the silence that surrounded her family’s past—a silence, she soon learned, that had both personal and political causes.

Called “one of the best and most intimate histories of Ukraine” by the country’s Financial Times correspondent, Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return weaves together history, reportage, and memoir to illuminate the fates of an ordinary Ukrainian family against the extraordinary circumstances—war, totalitarianism, fledgling independence, and, once again, war—that have defined the country’s recent history. 

In telling her family’s story, Buskey demonstrates how controversial and painful aspects of Ukrainian history, such as Nazi collaboration, the rise and persistence of Ukrainian nationalism, and the country’s enduring struggle with its powerful neighbor, Russia, are key to understanding the country today—as well as the roots of the Russian invasion that more than a year on continues to transfix the world. An investigation of the politics of memory, Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet is a testament to how a family’s story and a nation’s story can be inseparable.

About the author: Megan Buskey has written about Ukrainian politics, culture, and history for The AtlanticThe Point, n+1, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other outlets. An alumna of the College and former Fulbright Fellow, she has been studying and writing about Ukraine for 20 years. She lives in New York City.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637