By all accounts, the presentation my friend Orysia gave last month on the eroticism underlying Ukrainian folksongs at the Honchar museum in Kyiv was a big hit!
One of the attendees even wrote a poem about it and posted it on the internet (here).
I always think of Orysia as this great walking, talking Ukrainian encyclopedia. I swear she knows everything about everything Ukrainian, especially folklore! She also has this great knack for cutting through clutter and quickly getting to the most interesting facets of whatever she is talking about. So if you ever get a chance to hear her speak, jump at it!
She travels to Ukraine every summer so if you're there at the same time, or are lucky enough to live there, I suspect there may be future opportunities like this one to hear her. If you are lucky enough to live in Winnipeg, keep a close eye on the University of Manitoba, where she works and sometimes gives presentations.
In the meantime, here's an article she wrote on head coverings that illustrates her incredible knowlege and skill of presentation. And don't forget to check out the poem!