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Cultural Conflict In Ukraine Reaches Back To KC


Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula has sparked a reaction across Europe. The region voted over the weekend to secede to be part of Russia, but the European Union, the United States and others have called that vote illegal. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a University of Kansas professor about some of the East-West cultural conflicts that exist in the long shadow left by the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian conflict threatens to boils over. Joining the conversation is a KU graduate who’s teaching English in Kiev.


  • VitalyChernetsky, associate professor, department of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Kansas
  • Mickey Cesar, 2011 University of Kansas MFA graduate who teaches English in Kiev

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org.