Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Russian Higher Education in the Context of War in Ukraine

Friday, October 21, 2022
Online: Webinar Registration Link
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT/GMT-4

Speakers: Victor Apryshchenko, Jonathan Becker, Philip Fedchin, Natalia Fedorova, Ilya Kalinin, Archi Magno, Vsevolod Ostapenko, Andrei Rodin.
The round table is dedicated to the presentation of the first courses and public lectures of the Smolny Beyond Borders project. As is clear from the titles of the courses, they are all related to the theme of the war and the circumstances that gave rise to it. The discussion will touch upon the goals of the online project, its audience and prospects. The process of strengthening control over Russian universities did not start right away, but reached a new level with the intensification of Russian aggression in Ukraine. This included an assault on liberal arts programs in Russia including SPBSU’’s dismantling of Smolny/Faculty of Liberal arts and Sciences. What can and should those who left do, and what choice do those who stay have? How can the experience accumulated over the years of Russian-American cooperation be preserved in the new situation? The round table will be held in English.