The War in Ukraine: Causes and Effects

Date: June 17, 2022

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Event Type: Live/Livestream

Venue: First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive Street
Eugene, Oregon

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Date: June 17, 2022, Noon (In person or via livestream:
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street
NOTE: No lunch.
Ask a question of the speakers! Text it to 541.485.7433 during the program.


The most important international event right now is the conflict caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The consequences of that war have already been felt around the globe. The bravery of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration for us all. What is the history of the relations between Russia and Ukraine leading up to this conflict? What does Russia want to achieve?

Experts on the history and cultures of this region will address these questions and describe the roles that Europe, the US, and NATO play in helping Ukraine. The fate of the Ukrainian refugees in Europe and elsewhere will also be discussed. The speakers have had extensive experience in dealing with Russian and Eastern European countries and migration patterns around the world.


Name: Keith Eddins
Title: Retired Diplomat, Adjunct Professor
Organization: University of Oregon

Retired American diplomat Keith A. Eddins is an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon. During three decades as a Foreign Service officer, Eddins served as Chargé d’affaires at the American Embassy in Slovakia, and at U.S. embassies in Moscow, Prague, and Santo Domingo, and the U.S.Mission to NATO. His Washington assignments included the State Department’s Russia Desk and its NATO affairs office. At the University of Oregon, Eddins has taught in the School of Law; the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Program; the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management; and the Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies program. He earned a BA from the University of Virginia,and an MA from Princeton University. Eddins has studied Russian, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, French, German, and American Sign Language.

Name: Julie Hessler, PhD
Title: Associate Professor of History
Organization: University of Oregon

Dr. Julie Hessler is an Associate Professor of History at University of Oregon, with a specialty in the history of the former Soviet Union. Her publications include A Social History of Soviet Trade (Princeton University Press, 2004) and Europe in the Twentieth Century, (coauthored with Robert O. Paxton; 5th edition, Cengage, 2010). She is currently writing a book on the impact of cultural exchanges with postcolonial countries on Soviet intellectuals’ creative development and civic activities.  She teaches courses the USSR and Contemporary Russia; Soviet Culture; the Non-Russian USSR; Eastern Europe in the 20th century; and Food in World History. She has regularly traveled to Russia and adjacent countries since 1990. She earned her BA at Yale University, and MA and PhD at the University of Chicago. She joined the UO faculty in 1995.

Name: Christoph Rass, PhD
Title: Visiting Professor
Organization: University of Oregon

Dr. Christoph Rass is a Professor of Modern History and Historical Migration Studies at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University (Germany). During Spring Term 2022, he is serving as the Carroll Professor of History at the University of Oregon. Part of his research focuses on forced migration, mass displacement, and the construction of the international refugee regime throughout the 20th century. His work also includes several collaborative projects in Belarus and Ukraine.

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