VIDEO ADDED: ‘UC Davis LIVE’ on Ukraine and Russia


March 9, noon — The Russian invasion of Ukraine represents a return of warfare to Europe on a scale not seen since the 1940s. What has motivated President Putin to take this action, and why now? What is the historical context for the relationship between Russia and Ukraine? What roles do media play in the conflict? On UC Davis LIVE this Wednesday, we’ll discuss these questions with three experts from UC Davis:

  • Josephine Andrews is an associate professor of political science. She studies executive power, executive structures and how they affect government and democracy in central and eastern European countries.
  • Ian Campbell, associate professor of history, studies the relationship between non-Russian subjects and territories and the imperial core of pre-revolutionary Russia.
  • Jenny Kaminer is an associate professor in the Department of German and Russian. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of Russian culture whose publications have encompassed a broad range of historical epochs, from the 19th century to the present day, as well as genres and media including drama, prose, film and television.

The conversation, hosted by Soterios Johnson, will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube beginning at noon on Wednesday, March 9.  

Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.

Media Resources

Media Contact:

  • Andy Fell, News and Media Relations, 530-304-8888,

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