The Aspen Institute Kyiv held methodological seminar for moderators of the Reinventing Ukrainian Identity project

In January 2021, The Aspen Institute Kyiv launched the Reinventing Ukrainian Identity project.

The objective of the project is to work through divisive national discourses and to promote the culture of dialogue among Ukrainian political leaders.

Within the framework of the project, initiated by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, The Aspen Institute Kyiv will held 10 one-day seminars for members of Verkhovna Rada, top government officials (including local governments of oblasts, major cities), leaders of large businesses and business associations, public intellectuals and academicians, artists, media representatives (editors, owners, leading journalists)

200 Ukrainian leaders will take part in Aspen-format seminars with the intention of working through divisive national discourses based on the works of modern and classical thinkers in search of a value foundation and an inclusive national narrative.

The key role in conducting the seminars is played by the moderators, who are called to maintain a dialogue between the participants of the seminar, to take care of the atmosphere of trust and intellectual exchange.

On January 28, 2021, The Aspen Institute Kyiv held a Methodological Seminar for Moderators, which was attended by moderators of The Aspen Institute Kyiv, as well as Ukrainian intellectuals invited for a dialogue on the thematic content of the seminars of the project “ReinventingUkrainian Identity”.

During the seminar, Denis Poltavets, Director of Program Development at The Aspen Institute in Kyiv, made a welcoming speech, presenting the Institute’s program of activities in 2021, as well as the mission and goals of the Project.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Taras Shevchenko.

The participants of the methodical seminar discussed the following issues:

Specifics and principles of moderation of the Aspen seminar.

List of topics and authors of works that will be discussed during the seminars.

Plan of further program activities.

The next seminars for moderators will take place in February and June.

Contact person for the Project implementation is Olena Fomina, National Identity Program Manager, email: of@aspeninstitutekyiv.org.

Reinventing Ukrainian Identity project is funded by the European Union.