BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Wesleyan College Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a viewing of the film “Two Regimes” Monday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

“Two Regimes” is the life’s work of two Ukranian women, a mother, Teodora Verbitskaya (author of “Two Regimes”) and her daughter Nadia Werbitzky (professional artist). Verbitskaya wrote about her family’s life from 1927 to 1945 while living in Mariupol, Soviet Ukraine, under the two regimes of Stalin and Hitler. Mother and daughter were survivors and witnesses of two genocides: Holodomor from 1932-1933 under Stalin and the Holocaust (1933-1945 under Hitler.

Lucianne Vanilar is the eldest daughter of  Werbitzky and granddaughter of Verbitskaya who raised her. She attended colleges and art school in both Germany and the United States and worked at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Vanilar recently translated her grandmother’s memoir into English and will speak at the event.

Film director Douglas Darlington and curator Kelly Bowen will join the conversation by Zoom. The film runs approximately 33 minutes. This event is free and open to the public.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.