June 19th Summer Forum "The War in Ukraine: Why Now? What Can We Do?"

14 June 2022

Welcome to Summer Forum 2022

Please join us for our first Summer Forum 2022 guest speaker series presentation:


The War in Ukraine: Why Now? What Can We Do?

Nobody expected a war in the heart of Europe. Salt Lake City has been called to help: Since the fall of the iron curtain in 1989, we have been tied to Ukraine through our sister city, Chernivtsi. This panel discussion attempts to find some answers: Political Science Professor Marjorie Castle will discuss the Russia-Ukraine conflict from a political perspective – why now? Yevgen Kovalov, a member of the Ukrainian community with relatives in Kyiv, will share his perspective on the situation on the ground. Patrick Poulin, Acting Executive Director of the SLC International Rescue Committee (IRC) office, will update the community on ways for us to help the victims of the Ukraine war.

Bring your questions for the Q&A and wallet. This week only, all donations will go to the International Rescue Committee to help settle refugees.

Marjorie Castle is associate professor (lecturer) in political science at the University of Utah. She completed her graduate studies at Stanford University and is the author of two books.  Polish Politics: Triggering Communism's Collapse: Perceptions and Power in Poland's Transition (2003) and Democracy in Poland (2002), coauthored with Ray Taras. Her areas of expertise include political violence and terrorism and political regime change. Her commentary has been featured in the Desert News and KSL.  

Yevgen Kovalov is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. He has been in Utah from 2007 with short breaks for work in Ukraine and New York. Yevgen has four children. He works as an attorney at a litigation boutique firm in Salt Lake City and as one of the directors of the Utah Ukrainian Association. 

Patrick Poulin is the Regional Director for the Pacific West Region (USA) of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Prior to 2018, Patrick served for 11 years as the executive director of the IRC’s Salt Lake City Office. Between 2017-19, Patrick also served as the Executive Director of the Missoula, Montana IRC office. Patrick is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and over the years his social work career has included work in homeless services, anti-poverty advocacy, community development, clinical care, and teaching. Patrick also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa in the early 1980s. 

Special thanks to team leader Karin Baumgartner for arranging today's Summer Forum.

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Masks required (Salt Lake County just moved back into the red zone/updated June 18).

The presentation will be live-streamed over zoom. Coffee Hour (In person in Eliot Hall and virtual on zoom) will follow the presentation.  The zoom link is on the front page of the website.

Childcare is available on the playground for younger children (potty-trained-5th/6th grade) 10am-11am.