9/7 Roundtable: Russia-Ukraine War and The Media

by | Sep 5, 2022 | Featured, News

 The Park Center for Independent Media and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival invite you to a roundtable with media experts on coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war in independent and mainstream media.

Join us on September 7, 2022, from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT on Zoom.

Register to attend here.

Journalist Natalie Gryvnyak, scholars Masha Shpolberg and Zenon Wasyliw, and moderator Raza Rumi will offer perspectives spanning on-the-ground reporting, Eastern European history, and community media in Ukraine.

Their analyses will raise vital questions on the impacts of media concerning the war, followed by an interactive Q&A with attendees.


Speaker Bios


Natalie Gryvnyak is an experienced journalist and media producer in Ukraine, contributing to top international media such as The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post and others. As the founder of InFeatures Story Production, which creates multimedia content and promotes Ukrainian and Eastern European topics to international audiences, she creates and produces numerous projects, media trainings, and documentaries, and organizes a network of professionals throughout Ukraine and Eastern Europe. This initiative researches feature stories related to the region, prepares news analysis and safety consultations, and works with topics related to new media, disinformation, and various formats of storytelling. Gryvnyak is also a consultant and a member of the international community of digital specialists, Digital Communication Network and the community for journalist protection (CPJ.)


Masha Shpolberg is Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College. Her teaching and research explore global documentary, Russian and East European cinema, ecocinema, and women’s cinema. She is currently at work on two edited volumes: Cinema and the Environment in Eastern Europe (with Lukas Brasiskis), forthcoming from Berghahn Books and Contemporary Russian Documentary (with Anastasia Kostina)under contract at Edinburgh University Press. Masha is originally from Odessa, Ukraine, and has written about the Babylon’13 collective covering the war for Docalogue (alongside Dale Hudson and Patricia Zimmerman) and Film Quarterly’s online column, Quorum.


Zenon V. Wasyliw is a Professor of History at Ithaca College. He also served as coordinator of the Social Studies Teacher Education program and was affiliated with the Center for Culture Race and Ethnicity and the Gerontology Institute at Ithaca College. Zenon has published fifteen articles in the areas of Ukrainian and global history, and social studies pedagogy and has a book contract with ibidem-Verlag Press for Soviet Culture in the Ukrainian village, 1921-1928. His ongoing writing and research projects include Orthodox and interfaith Church relations within the context of Ukrainian civil society and a social history of the North American Ukrainian Diaspora. He has given over fifty conference presentations since 1995 and has participated in numerous grant and exchange programs related to Eastern Europe.


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