November 4: A New Event at the University of Toronto “Chornobyl 30 Years After”

Chornobyl 30 Years After: Energy, Environment, Policy

Friday, November 4, 2016, 2.30-5.30 pm, at the University of Toronto

The explosion at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 continues to have serious economic, social, and biological consequences for the inhabitants of the affected territories and beyond. The problems caused by the disaster in Ukraine and policies developed to address them have been further complicated by geopolitical conflict and the economic and humanitarian crisis this conflict has precipitated. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the disaster, this panel brings together scholars to discuss issues such as the future nuclear energy in Ukraine, the impact of radiation on wildlife in Chornobyl’s exclusion zone, and the management of displaced people. In situating their research, panelists will draw comparisons between the Chornobyl and Fukushima accidents, and between the Chornobyl accident and Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation.


David Marples (Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta): Chernobyl and the Future of Nuclear Power in Ukraine

Tim Mousseau (Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina): Do Nuclear Accidents Generate a “Garden of Eden” for Wildlife? Lessons from the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters

Alexander Belyakov (Ph.D., Certified Sustainability Professional. The Roots Collaborative, Founding Member): A Humanitarian Crisis after the Chernobyl Disaster and the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) in Ukraine: What do They Have in Common?

Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place)

Please register here.

Sponsored by the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. Established in 2001, with the support of Mr. Peter Jacyk and the Education Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine focuses on contemporary Ukraine as well as its history and culture. The program actively encourages scholars in Ukrainian studies at the University of Toronto and Ukrainianists at other North American institutions to develop joint projects, and facilitates the study of Ukraine by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures and seminars.

University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place