The idea of holding a series of lectures in the form of free visits is not a novelty for "Tkuma" Institute. In particular, Dr. Igor Shchupak, "Tkuma" Institute and the Holocaust Museum Director, conducted similar sessions in various cities and countries. Since the opening of the Holocaust Museum "Tkuma" Institute found decent platform for the Sunday Club in our hometown.
The Sunday Club is monthly classes on interesting and important issues of the Jewish past in the context of Ukrainian and World History.
The main objective of the project is the formation of tolerant consciousness and increasing social and cultural competence.
The meetings are held in the form of interactive lectures, discussions, "round tables", interviews, tours, workshops, etc., allowing us to understand the origins of xenophobia, Holocaust preconditions and understand the causes of religious strife. The sessions are held by "Tkuma" Institute research associates as well as historians, philosophers, political scientists, religious scholars from Ukraine and other countries. Among the guests who participated in the sessions as co-presenters there were Telman Mamedov, one of the leaders of the Azerbaijani Community of Dnipropetrovsk, Dr Oleh Repan, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Assistant Professor of Department of History of Ukraine of Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University and others.
The Sunday club is attended by diverse audience of different professions, faiths and ages. On average, 50 participants come to the Sunday Club.
The sessions of “The Sunday University” took place of March 15. However henceforth the project will be called “The Sunday Club” as organizers finally changed the traditional format of lecture to the interactive dialogue and discussion. The subject of the March meeting was a woman as participant revolutions and wars; on the front and in the rear, in underground movements, in the past and present.
On February 15, 2015 the regular session of the Sunday University took place and was devoted to the notions of nation, nationalism and patriotism. For a long time these concepts were distorted in the media. Talking about the media we mean the broad context - all the sources where the person can get the information: education, culture, political and cultural discourse, mass-media and TV. As a result, nationalism started to be considered as exclusively negative phenomenon in the political life of society or even was identified with Nazism; while patriotism started to mean loyalty to the authorities or its cultivation, but not love for the Motherland. Public consciousness desperately needs "treatment" that lies primarily in the work with definitions and overcoming stereotypes.
On January 18, next session of the Sunday University was held. However it can hardly be compared with previous ones. The project “Sunday University” has been working over two years, and now it needs changes to continue its existence. Since if there is no development, there is no life.
On November 16, 2014 the regular session of the Sunday University was conducted. During the meeting Valentyn Rubalka, "Tkuma" Institute Research Associate, revealed the topiv "World War II. The Final Stage. 1944 - 1945".
Among the questions touched:
- Eastern Front;
- Allies' military action;
- World after the war.
The subject caused a lively discussion among the audience.
On October 19, 2014 the regular session of the Sunday University was held. During the session Valentyn Rubalka, "Tkuma" Institute Research Associate, presented the topic "World War II: Military Actions in the USSR Territory".
Participants discussed military actions in the territory of USSR in 1941-1944 and occupational regime in USSR. During the session participants drew parallels with the current political situation in Ukraine and the world.