On July 15, the international seminar “The Ark-2021” was inaugurated, co-organized traditionally by “Tkuma” Institute, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”, Ukrainian Catholic University, Hnat Khotkevych Palace of Culture, “Crimean House”, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv. The opening was attended by representatives of regional authorities, scientists and public figures, representatives of various national and religious groups.

The opening ceremony was moderated by Dr. Yehor Vradii, Deputy Director for Research at “Tkuma” Institute. Volodymyr Orlov, First Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, addressed the participants with congratulatory words and wishes of fruitful and creative activity; Adviser to the Chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, film producer, Ukrainian volunteer, public figure, co-founder of the museum “Civil feat of Dnipropetrovsk region in the events of the ATO” Natalia Khazan; First Secretary of the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ukraine, Director of the ICC Dnipro Mark Dovev; Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv Eliza Dzwonkiewicz; Director of the Khesed Charitable Foundation, advisor to the mayor Oleg Rostovtsev; Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of History of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Honored Educator of Ukraine Serhiy Svitlenko; Associate Professor of History of Ukraine, Faculty of History, DNU Dr. Svitlana Kayuk.

There were also appeals to the participants from representatives of “The Ark” national groups: Director of “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine", Honored Educator of Ukraine Dr. Igor Shchupak; Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Institute, Member of the Executive Board of the Ukrainian PEN Club, Program Director of the Crimean House Alim Aliyev; Acting Director of the Hnat Khotkevych Palace of Culture Oleksandra Onyshkevych.

And then began a rich cognitive program. Dr. Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher, essayist, translator, and senior lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, delivered a keynote lecture entitled “Own, Other, Stranger, Common: Scylla and Charybdis of the Modern World.”

At the end of this busy day, participants went to Zaporizhzhia and visited the island of Khortytsia, where they visited the Museum of Shipping “Seagull” and the Historical and Cultural Complex “Zaporozhian Sich”.