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April 28: How do we preserve culture in time of war? A Dialogue with Ukranian Museum Leaders

The National Museum of American Diplomacy

April 28, 2022

11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

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The National Museum of American Diplomacy will host a discussion with Ukrainian museum leaders who will report on efforts to protect their collections and preserve Ukraine’s identity and cultural heritage. Director of the Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta, and Director of the National Maidan Museum Ihor Poshyvailo will join virtually from Ukraine. The session will allow Ukrainian museum leaders to share their experiences and connect with U.S. counterparts, highlighting needs and challenges, and address the meaning of culture and identity amid war and humanitarian crisis. The role of cultural diplomacy and current international efforts to assist in the protection of Ukraine's cultural heritage will be discussed.

The National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) is dedicated to telling the story of the history, practice, and challenge of diplomacy.


Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta

Director General of the Mystetskyi Arsenal

Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine is Ukraine’s flagship cultural institution that brings together various arts – from contemporary art, new music and theater to literature and museum development. The mission of the Mystetskyi Arsenal is to contribute to modernization of Ukrainian society and Ukraine’s integration into the global context based on the potential of Ukrainian culture

Ihor Poshyvailo, Ph.D.

Director General Poshyvailo is the co-founder of the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HERI) set up in reaction to the current Russian invasion. He is Director General of the National Memorial and the Revolution of Dignity Museum (Maidan Museum) and Vice-Chairman of ICOM-DRMC.

Lee Satterfield

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary Satterfield oversees the Department’s cultural diplomacy programs and initiatives, including ECA’s Cultural Heritage Center and the Department’s Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee.

Dr. Richard Kurin

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large

Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Kurin is a member of the Smithsonian’s leadership team and liaison to the U.S. President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is the founder of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and plays a leading role in international efforts to protect cultural heritage threatened by both natural disasters and human conflict.


Susan Cleary

Acting Director

National Museum of American Diplomacy

You can tune in via our Website, YouTube Channel, or Facebook. We will not be taking questions during this event.

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