10 June, 19:00
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Ave, London, W11 4 UH
Join this event to hear and question a prominent Ukrainian journalist on the European Union and Ukraine.
Co-founder of Hromadske International and 2016 fellow at FCO’s International Leaders ProgrammeMaxim Eristavi will be discussing if we are prepared for Ukraine’s arriving into Europe “whether Europeans want that or not.” Eristavi will debunk popular misconceptions about Ukraine and Eastern Europe and expose the shortcomings of European policy towards this region.
Ukraine has become an issue in the EU Referendum campaign as a number of leading ‘Brexiters’, such asBoris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have claimed that the Union is somehow responsible for the war in that Eastern European country. The latter is also a popular narrative used by ruling elites in Russia.
Maxim Eristavi – Civil rights advocate, media professional and writer. Co-founder of Hromadske International. One of the most famous English-speaking journalists and civil rights advocates working and based in Eastern Europe, Ukraine. He specializes in new media expertise, politics, breaking news coverage and civil rights advocacy.
Featured as contributor to: BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera America, HuffPost TV, CTV, ITN News, the Daily Beast, Fusion, CJR Magazine, Reuters, Politico, The New Republic and Foreign Policy. Essential Twitter source for Ukraine, according to Mashable, Bild, CTV and The New York Times.
He is the only openly gay journalist in Ukraine and has been an outspoken voice in raising civil rights issues of the region abroad. In October 2015 he was featured among 10 most prominent LGBTI people in Ukraine during the first ever queer project at the country’s biggest modern art center, The Pinchuk Art Center.
Eristavi is a 2015 Poynter fellow at Yale University with a focus on informational wars and pan-regional LGBTI civil rights movements. He is also a 2016 Fellow at International Leadership Program, UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a 2016-2017 fellow at Millennium Leadership Program, Atlantic Council.
For more about Eristavi see http://paulocanning.blogspot.