National University, identified three types of intellectual: the revolutionary opposed to government, the government bureaucrat, and the Anglo-Saxon intellectual who has a professional job and occasionally protests limitations to his civil rights. Six sections and three round tables were going on at the same time. This allowed conference participants to
work out issues on different topics of interest. Sections included: «The Intellectual and the Public Domain» (moderators Natalia Vysotska of the National Linguistics University, Kyiv, and Volodymyr Navrotskyj of the Institute of Philosophy, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences); «University Autonomy and University Consortium» (moderator Tetyana Yakhontova of the Lviv Ivan Franko National University); «The Knowledge-Based Society» (moderator Yaroslav Shramko of the Kryvyj Rih State Pedagogical Institute); «What Went Right and What Went Wrong with Democracy — Events Following the 2004 Elections (the Ukrainian and American Experiences)» (moderators Antonina Kolodiy of the Lviv Regional Institute of State Administration, National Academy of State Administration, and Serhiy Proleyev of the Institute of Philosophy, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences); «The Role of Intellectuals in Addressing Problems in Ecology, Health and Safety» (moderators Yuriy Posudin of the National Agricultural University, Kyiv, and Olha Reshetnikova of the Luhansk State Medical University); and «Achieving Cooperation Between Intellectuals and Government» (moderator Oleh Bilyj of the Institute of Philosophy, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences).
In an interview with the newspaper Den’, Vsevolod Rechytskyj, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Yaroslav Mudryj National Law Academy in Kharkiv, pointed out, «Our government has never considered paying attention to science. Science always played a secondary supporting role for government. My expertise is in constitutional law, and I know that there is a major difference between the official position of the legal community and its unofficial position. That’s why I believe that the solution for intellectuals today includes non-government organizations and civil rights groups. I belong to the Kharkiv Human
Rights Protection Group which is one of the largest in Ukraine. We publish books, newsletters and carry out work in several different areas. There’s a strong temptation to set up public institutes as short-term panaceas during periods of progress. There are many formally educated people in Ukraine, but few intellectuals. I believe it’s purely a myth that Ukraine is a well-educated nation.» As a result of this conference, the participants produced a joint statement addressed to the Ukrainian government in which they expressed their concern and dissatisfaction with the state of science and education in Ukraine.
Barriers to cooperation between intellectuals and government were also discussed at Conference round tables: «Intellectuals and Cultural-Linguistic Policy» (moderator Oleksandr Konovets of the Institute of Journalism, Kyiv National University); «Eliminating VAK’s Oversight of Expert Scholar Committees: A Step Towards University Autonomy» (moderator Eleonora Nosenko of Dnipropetrovsk National University); and «Public Assessment of the Privatization Process» (moderator Ivanna Bakushevych of the Ternopil Institute of Social and Information Technologies).
Published on Jun 18, 2006
The 2005 Yearbook includes a short description of projects for this year by Ukrainian and American Fulbright scholars, which will be useful...