Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography

Peter and Doris KuleThe Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography was established by a major donation from Drs. Peter and Doris Kule to the University of Alberta. The Kule Chair is a permanent professorial position. Dr. Natalie Kononenko occupies the position. The Kule Chair is only the second endowed professorship ever in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Costs for the Chair will be provided from endowment interest as well as strong ongoing support from the Faculty of Arts at the university. The Kule Chair will be administered through the Ukrainian Folklore Centre and will be able to participate in its projects. The professor holding the Kule Chair will teach Ukrainian folklore classes in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

Peter Kule was born in the Rohatyn area in western Ukraine and came to Canada just before World War Two. He established a practice as a Chartered Accountant and engaged in a variety of developments and investments. Doris Kule was born near Willingdon, Alberta, and enjoyed a long and successful career as a teacher. Both Peter and Doris have contributed freely of their time and skills in service to their church and their community.

The Kules have shown their great generosity by making substantial donations to many institutions, especially those with charitable, educational and religious focus. In particular, they have been great benefactors of St. Paul University in Ottawa, where they have endowed three chairs in the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute in Eastern Christian Studies. They each received honorary doctoral degrees from St. Paul University in 1998.

We celebrate their continued vision and beneficience in founding the Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography.