Type: Public event

The war in Ukraine, one year in

WCEE Distinguished Lecture, special musical performance and candlelight vigil


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former Director for European Affairs for the National Security Council

Date & time

Feb 20, 2023, 5:00-7:00 pm EST


Horace H. Rackham School Of Graduate Studies
915 Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Digital tickets are free. Please note that small fees will be associated with Will Call and Mail Orders.

The discussion will be moderated by Geneviève Zubrzycki, professor of sociology and WCEE Director, and John Ciorciari, professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center. The event will feature a special performance by members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America. It will conclude with a procession from Rackham to the Diag for a candlelight vigil.

Alexander Vindman, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Previously, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and senior fellow for the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, executive board member for the Renew Democracy Initiative, senior advisor for VoteVets, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here, Right Matters: An American Story.

This event is co-sponsored by International Institute, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Wallace House Center for Journalists and the Weiser Diplomacy Center.