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Віктор Степаненко завідувач відділом історії, теорії та методології соціології Інституту соціології НАН України, проходив стажування за Фулбрайтівською програмою в березні — липні 2004 року. Тема його проекту — «Громадянське суспільство в пострадянській демократії та в США: поняття і політика». Віктор виконував свій проект в Інституті Кеннана Міжнародного центру ім. Вудро Вілсона — прекрасному місці для проведення дослідження. Вдалось також відвідати Колумбійський та Нью-Йоркський університети. Під час стажування Віктор зробив презентації в Інституті Кеннана, приготував публікацію для «Eastern European Society and Politics», взяв участь у 9-й щорічній Конвенції американських студій щодо національностей (ASN Convention). Він також подав дві публікації до інтернет-газети «Українська правда». Віктор зібрав матеріали для своєї монографії, використав набутий теоретичний та практичний досвід для викладання курсу «Сучасна соціологічна теорія» в Національному університеті «Києво-Могилянська

Vasyl Nepyivoda Research Fellow at the V. Koretsky Institute of State and Law, was a JFDP grant winner in 2002–2003 and shares his impressions.

Мадлен Олбрайт та Віктор Степаненко

академія» та опублікував статті з проблем громадянського суспільства в Україні. Віктор також є членом редакційної ради журналу «Агора» проекту Інституту Кеннана в Україні.

ground, you see that the sand dunes, in their differing tones of a Martian color scheme, got their shading from the reflection of endless fields of wheat stacks (it was harvest time). And that the bright green patches are not really landing platforms for extra-terrestrial space craft after all, but irrigated circular plots.

Remembering Moscow Many towns and cities in America have European place Thanks to advanced technology and its role in the world, names. When the first settlers came to the New World, they the United States of America can hardly be considered named their new homes after familiar places. But here, the terra incognita. Every corner of the world has most likely story is different. In the middle of the 19th century, when heard of America and has some idea of what it’s like, a white settlers finally reached this corner of the Northwest, claim to fame not shared by any other country. they found massive herds of wild hogs which thrived on But, what’s America really like? Is the face of America prothe camas bulbs growing wild on the rolling hills. Logically, filed in historical research or in detailed gossip and colorthe settlers named the vicinity Hog Heaven, short and ful folk tales? Or, is it defined by anti-American rallies, sweet. But, as the population grew exported up-beat Hollywood producinto a town, the name Hog Heaven tions, and hard and soft computer The settlers named the didn’t appeal very much to the female ware? Anyone who’s been to the US settlers. As the story goes, ranger prowill agree that the American experi- vicinity Hog Heaven, posed changing the town’s name to ence was at once familiar, and like short and sweet «Moscow» because «Where I come nothing anyone could have imagined. from in Pennsylvania, we have the same kind of hills and we My «window on America» became the town of Moscow, call that place Moscow.» Idaho. This is a typical American town, unique in its own way. The view is mesmerizing — a stretch of other-worldly And that’s how «Moscow» became the official 12th city in terrain. Everything is one gigantic and endless flat America with the same name. Technically, the local inhabplateau, covered in rolling hills and mysterious geologic itants are considered to be Idahoan Moscovites, which is formations which look like giant fossilized sand dunes. both scientifically accurate and politically correct. Their profiles are outlined in terra-cotta brown ridges, sprinkled with emerald-colored, As any place called Moscow deserves, round dots. And in the middle of all Where I come from in this one also has its designated this, twisting and shimmering like Kremlin. Here, it’s dominated by an some apparition, the Snake River Pennsylvania, we have enormous grain elevator which is pours its way through the open the same kind of hills crowned with a five-pointed red star, spaces. The Internet will tell you a lot an eye-sore featured center-stage in more about this place. But once and we call that place the middle of town. Around Christmas, you’ve finally touched down on solid Moscow

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Fulbright Ukraine Yearbook 2005  

The 2005 Yearbook includes a short description of projects for this year by Ukrainian and American Fulbright scholars, which will be useful...

Fulbright Ukraine Yearbook 2005  

The 2005 Yearbook includes a short description of projects for this year by Ukrainian and American Fulbright scholars, which will be useful...

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