Ukrainian Dialogue: Emerging Women in Politics in, of, and for Ukraine

Ukrainian Dialogue: Emerging Women in Politics in, of, and for Ukraine

Emerging Women in Politics in, of, and for Ukraine

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:00 pm Reception | 6:30 pm Program
Basileiad Manor Library Lecture Space
Free, Open to the Public, Register Below
Presented by Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union

Join us for a conversation between our guests—U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, member of the U.S. Congress’s Ukrainian Caucus, and Myroslava Gongadze, Chief of the Ukrainian Service at Voice of America—regarding the emerging political role of women in Ukraine. Manor College President, Jonathan Peri, PhD, JD, will facilitate the discussion.

Madeleine Dean was born and raised in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She graduated from La Salle University, and earned her law degree at Widener University. Madeleine then returned home and practiced law with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers and went on to open a three-woman law firm in Glenside. While raising three sons, Madeleine changed career paths to become a professor of writing at La Salle University. In 2012, Madeleine successfully ran for State Representative in the 153rd District. In the legislature, Madeleine was appointed to Governor Wolf’s Commission for Women, founded the gun safety group PA SAFE, and was an outspoken leader in the State House. In 2018, Madeleine was elected to serve in the 116th Congress as Representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th District—Montgomery and Berks counties. In Congress, Madeleine serves on the powerful Judiciary and Financial Services Committees, championing progressive priorities like public education, combating addiction, equal rights, access to healthcare, protecting the environment, ethics, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention and more. In 2019, Madeleine was elected Vice-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Women’s Caucus.

Myroslava Gongadze is an award-winning journalist and a champion for democracy and independent media. For the last 15 years, she has worked at Voice of America (VOA) and is currently serving as a Service Chief of the Ukrainian service. In addition to her work at VOA, Gongadze often speaks as a subject matter expert at various forums discussing politics, democratization, and media in Ukraine. She periodically contributes to NPR, and her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and Journal of Democracy. Equipped with a law degree from Lviv State University, Myroslava has extensive experience in journalism and public relations. She has worked as a journalist, editor, producer, and public relations officer in Ukraine and the US for several political and media organizations, including RFE/RL, Internews, IRI, and NDI. Gongadze has been awarded a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship to study the role of the media in Ukraine’s transition to democracy (2001) and George Washington University Petrac Foundation Scholarship (2003). In the 2018-2019 academic year, she completed her studies at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. For her outstanding contribution to the development of journalism, active civic stance, and professional excellence, Gongadze received the Princess Olha Order, a Ukrainian civil decoration bestowed on women of outstanding personal merit.

Please register for the October 2019 Ukrainian Dialogue by clicking here. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.