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4/30/96

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Ukrainian diplomat to speak at Stanford May 3

STANFORD -- Dr. Yuri Shcherbak, Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, will speak on "Chornobyl: Catastrophe and Repercussions" at 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Room 2 of History Corner in Stanford's Main Quadrangle.

The talk is free and open to the community. It is being sponsored by Stanford's Center for Russian and East European Studies in cooperation with the Northern California Committee to Aid Ukraine and the Commonwealth Club of California.

The Commonwealth Club has arranged for the speech to be broadcast live on National Public Radio (locally on KQED-FM, 88.5.)

An eyewitness to the 1986 nuclear disaster, Shcherbak wrote a documentary novel on the topic that was published in most former Soviet Union countries and in the West. Chornobyl was published in English in 1989 by Macmillian Press Ltd.

Shcherbak also has written extensively on the Stalinist man-made famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s. He has written more than 20 volumes of poetry, prose, plays and essays.

In 1991 he was appointed minister of environmental protection in Ukraine, and was that country's ambassador to Israel from 1992 to 1994.

An epidemiologist, from 1958 to 1987 Shcherbak worked at the Kiev Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and books in the field.

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