On November 14, 2023, the leading specialist of the Educational and Scientific Institute of History, Ethnology and Archeology of the Carpathians Bohdan Paska took part in the educational seminar “History is (not) propaganda. War for the past”, which was organized by specialists of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance in the walls of the Ivan Franko Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Universal Scientific Library. The participants of the seminar were employees of library and museum institutions of the region. Those present had the opportunity to hear interesting lectures, which were devoted to the issues of our history of Ukraine from the most ancient times to the present complex and tragic present.
Bohdan Paska presented a report on the topic “Activities of the dissident Valentyn Moroz in Ivano-Frankivsk Region” for public consideration. During the speech, the main milestones of the life and opposition activity of the famous dissident, historian, teacher, publicist Valentyn Moroz, and his connection with the Carpathian region were revealed. The teacher emphasized the importance of scientific research on the topic of the Ukrainian dissident movement in Ivano-Frankivsk region, the creation of new museum expositions on the history of the Ukrainian national liberation movement of the second half of the 20th century, and the opening of thematic book exhibitions in libraries. Students of the “Mathematics” and “Applied Mathematics” specialties of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University were also involved in the seminar.
The representatives of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance presented their own research to the participants of the forum: Olena Okhrimchuk – Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Head of the Department for Ensuring the Implementation of the National Memory Policy in the Regions, Hanna Baikenych – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Head of the Methodical Work Sector, Coordinator of Educational Projects of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Oleksiy Servetnik – representative of the Central Interregional Department of the Office for the Implementation of the National Remembrance Policy in the UINP regions, as well as Mykola Vitenko – candidate of historical sciences, assistant professor of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University and Yaroslav Koretchuk – candidate of historical sciences, director of the Stepan Bandera Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Museum of the national liberation struggle. All speakers tried to convey the meaning and importance of our national memory in the modern conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war.