Howdy dear listeners!
I wanted to quickly update you guys on my summer and l let you guys know about why I’m so excited for our second season of the Slavic Connexion.
My summer was a whirlwind of travel, research, and just outright fun. Almost all of it was spent in Ukraine. In the first half of the summer I tagged along with four UT undergrads, including our magnificent co-host Lauren Nyquist, in a project about social media, youth, and political participation in Ukraine in light of the 2019 presidential election titled Democratic Dialogues. We traveled to four major cities in the country and conducted focus groups with students, activists, and political actors. Right now we are writing with the goal of getting our article published in a scholarly journal. When that happens you guys will definitely hear.
The second half of summer I spent in Lviv, Ukraine studying the Ukrainian language and engaging with Ukrainian people and culture. I also continued my research on the history and effectiveness of civic education in Ukraine. In short I learned a ton and had a wonderful time doing it.
But now for the real reason you’re reading this post. All of us here at the Slavic Connexion have had a packed summer to see the world, recharge, and come back to the microphone with fresh minds, hearts, and ears. I think it’s safe to say that the interest from the community in this podcast has inspired us to do everything for you guys. We’ve ruminated on the successes and failures of our inaugural season and look forward to making this one even more fun than the last. I for one can say that I’m more confident in my abilities and have a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t when interviewing and conversing on air.
I think I speak for everyone when I express how excited we are to expand our community and involve as many of you as possible. We are particularly excited about all the new grads and undergrads who want to get involved – please don’t stop reaching out!
P.S. If you’re curious, feel free to check out this this interview I recently gave in Russian about the origins of my interest in the area, among other things.