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The Washington Post: As bombs fall, a Ukrainian professor teaches economics — and survival
Location: Philadelphia
Nationality: American
Biography: Caroline Gutman is a freelance photographer and writer based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation. Her work has been featured by... MORE
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The Washington Post: As bombs fall, a Ukrainian professor teaches economics — and survival
Copyright Caroline Gutman 2022
Updated Apr 2022
Location Philadelphia
Topics Media
For The Washington Post: Iryna Pyenska, a professor at Kharkiv National University, didn't expect to be teaching in the middle of the night from her daughter's kitchen. As Russia began invading Ukraine, she and her elderly mother escaped from their hometown of Kharkiv, flying to Philadelphia where her daughter and her family live.

"'I thought it was a false alarm,' Pyenska said as she sat in her daughter’s peaceful kitchen in the leafy Mount Airy neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. “I thought, ‘Why is the U.S. media trying to draw attention to this?’ ” She ignored [her daughter's] pleas to leave. Finally, she relented when her daughter suggested that Pyenska and her 83-year-old mother visit for just two weeks while the university was on break so they could spend time with Pyenska’s toddler grandchildren."

Written by Sydney Trent


As bombs fall, a Ukrainian professor teaches economics — and survival
Iryna Pyenska’s students at Kharkiv National University try to learn amid relentless Russian attack
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