Ukrainian Professor Presents ICAR Lecture

Posted: December 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Karina Costalina, Fulbright New Century Scholar at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is presenting results of her research at the ICAR brown bag lecture today at noon.

Visiting scholar Costalina, a professor of social psychology from the National Taurida V. Vernadsky University (NTVU), Ukraine, will talk today on “Formation of National Identity Among Ethnic Minorities in the Ukraine.” Her presentation is a result of research into how the different ethnic minorities have adopted their new national Ukrainian identity in the two years since the area has become an independent nation. In her studies on conflict behavior among the minorities, Costalina has found reduced readiness to fight among some ethnic minorities.

As director of the collaboration project between ICAR and NTVU for the past three years, Costalina is part of a long history between the two institutions. She has visited the United States several times, including once as a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

The entire community is invited to the ICAR brown bag lectures, a series of informal lectures on research and practice of conflict resolution. Costalina will present her talk in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, at 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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