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Conference "Higher Education and Civil Society: A New Social Mission of The University"

Conference "Higher Education and Civil Society: A New Social Mission of The University".

The conference "Higher Education and Civil Society: A New Social Mission of The University" seeks to foster the interaction between the Russian academic community and civil society.
In contemporary Russia, higher education institutions are not sufficiently involved in the publicly relevant issues discussed in the society. Graduates often go out into the real world without having ready skills that would be relevant to tackling the acute civil society situations. Moreover, it happens that academic texts taught and studied in Russia carry the stereotyped and outdated non-democratic world-views, for instance excessive ethnic classifications. Or, alternatively, the Western social theory is often imported and used without the proper understanding of its critical message.
Structural problems in the existence of universities characterize not only Russia, they have a global character. There is an ongoing transformation of the university as an institution, throughout the world and particularly in Europe. Universities become economically autonomous, their management and quality of scholarship become rationalized and accountable. On the one hand, universities open to business and to economy, but this can mean, on the other hand, that the social knowledge having a critical and not immediately applicable character gets downplayed.
One important response to these challenges would be the organization of constant cooperation between universities, civil society organizations, and state organizations. The development of such interaction increases the quality of education in the universities, since it puts knowledge into a contemporary ethical
context, exposes practical implications of the seemingly abstract theories. It also serves to educate conscious and responsible citizens, not the narrow "experts". An example of a successful solution to such problems is the Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University (Program "Liberal Arts and Humanities"), which is constantly working to promote cooperation between civil society actors, university teachers and researchers.
All of this explains why we decided to organize an international conference, "Higher Education And Civil Society: A New Social Mission of the University" with the aim of discussion about a new social mission of the university and presenting the best examples of interaction between educational institutions, research centers and third sector organizations, and to discuss possible methods of furthering such cooperation.

Conference program

14 October

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 501)
  • 10:00-10:15 Welcome keynotes:
  • Nikolay Skvortsov (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Valery Monakhov (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Liz McKeon (USA, Ford Foundation)
  • Dirk Hebecker (Moscow, Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Country Team in the Russian Federation)
  • Susan Gillespie (USA, Institute of International Liberal Education, Bard College)
  • 10:15–13:00 Plenary Session: "Towards A New Social Mission of the University: New Challenges and Opportunities"
  • Dirk Hebecker (Moscow, Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Country Team in the Russian Federation) "The Encouragement of Human Rights Education"
  • Tatiana Minkina-Milko (France, Council of Europe) "History Education and Culture of Human Rights in the 21 Century: Overview of the Council of Europe"
  • Irina Mersiyanova (Moscow, Higher School of Economics) "University and Self-identity of the Civil society"
  • Elizabeth Babcock (USA, Tufts University, Talloires Network) "The Engaged University: International Perspectives"
  • Thomas Cushman (USA, Wellesley College) "Escaping the Iron Cage: Preserving Pluralism and Freedom in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights"
  • Andrey Yurov (Voronezh, International Youth Human Rights Movement) "University as a Field of Civil Society consciousness"
  • Ted Gerber (USA, University of Wisconsin-Madison) "The Missing Link: University Education and Civic Attitudes in Contemporary Russia"
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Continuation of Plenary Session: "Towards A New Social Mission of the University: New Challenges and Opportunities"
  • Marianna Shakhnovich (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Humanities in the University of 21st Century"
  • Philip Fedchin (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Liberal Arts Education in Russia: Successful or Hopeless Experiment"
  • Artemy Magun (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Post-Soviet Higher Education and Global Neoliberal Reform: Treatment or Poison?"
  • Nina Belyaeva (Moscow, Higher School of Economics) "Distant Learning Courses in Human Rights Education Abroad"
  • Natalya Evdokimova (St. Petersburg, Human Rights Council) "Role of Higher Education in the Civil Society Development"
  • Alexander Sungurov (St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg Branch of the Higher School of Economics) "Current Research in the Field of Human Rights in Political Science: Russian and International Experience"
  • 16:00-16:15 Coffee break
  • 16:15 - 18:30 Plenary Session. "Human Rights Education and Liberal Arts Education: The Development of Human Rights Educational Curriculum in the Smolny College of Saint-Petersburg State University"
  • Thomas Keenan (USA, Bard College) "Human Rights Program in Bard College of New York"
  • Dmitry Dubrovsky (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Development of Educational Programs in Human Rights for Non-Lawyers: Experience of Human Rights Program in Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Science (2004-2010)"
  • Alexander Daniel (Moscow, Memorial: Society for historical education human rights and charity). "Presentation of Distant Learning Course “History of Human Rights Movement"
  • Anna Gurinskaia (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Presentation of Distant Learning Course “Legal and Non-Legal Mechanisms of Human Rights Defence"
  • Andrey Starodubtsev (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Presentation of Distant Learning Course 'Sociology and Human Rights'"
  • Maria Godovannaia (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Presentation of Distant Learning Course 'Cinema and Human Rights'"
  • Tatiana Smirnova (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Presentation of the Internships Project"
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Party

15 October

  • 10:00 - 13:00 Panel Sessions (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 401)
  • Panel 1. "Human Rights in the Higher Education: Contemporary Educational Programs" moderator - Dmitry Dubrovsky (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Bill Bowring (Great Britain, Birkbeck College, University of London) "Why Human Rights Should Not Be Taught as Law"
  • Dmitry Dubrovsky (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Liberal Arts College and Human Rights Education: Challenges and Opportunities"
  • Anatoly Azarov (Moscow, Moscow School of Human Rights) "Pilot Project on MA Program in Human Rights of the Office of UN Human Rights Commissioner in Russia"
  • Anita Soboleva (Moscow, Higher School of Economics) "Democratic Governance and Policy Analyses in HSE: Conception and Core Courses"
  • Andrey Lushnikov, Marina Lushnikova (Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl State University) "Social Care Law in Federal State Educational Standards"
  • Andrey Suslov (Perm, Perm Pedagogical State University) "Opportunities of Civil Society and Human Rights Education in High School"
  • Anatoly Pogasiy (Kazan, Institute of Religion and Law) "Presentation of Learning Course 'Religions in Russian Legislation'"
  • Olga Kolesnikova (Barnaul, Altai State University) "Sociology of Law in the System of Sociological Education"
  • Dzemal Mutagirov (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Human RIghts and Freedoms in the System of Higher Education"
  • Lenaris Mingazov (Kazan, Kazan State University) "Human Rights Education and Democracy in the University"
  • Panel 2. "Academic Rights and Freedoms" (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 402) moderator - Artemy Magun (St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg State University)
  • Sinead O’ Gorman (USA, Scholars at Risk) "The Scholars at Risk Network: Global Perspective on Academic Freedom and Quality of Higher Education"
  • Leonardo Kovatchevich (Croatia) "University and Its Intruders: How Immune is an Academic System"
  • Ilia Utekhin (St. Petersburg, European University at St. Petersburg) "Hypertrophy as a Direct way to Atrophy: Bureaucracy and Efficiency"
  • Pavel Rusakevitch, Oleg Zhuravlev (St. Petersburg, “Street university”) "Social Disfunction of the University: Diagnosis and Treatment"
  • Panel 3. "Research in Civil Society and Human Rights: Prospects and Challenges" (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 501) moderator - Victor Voronkov (St. Petersburg, Centre for Independent Social Research)
  • Svetlana Glushkova (Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburg Humanitarian University) "Human Rights Research in the Contemporary Political and Legal Tradition: Main Traditions and Issues"
  • Andrey Starodubtsev (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University) "Comparative Research on Human Rights: Restrictions and Perspectives"
  • Alexander Sungurov (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg branch of Higher School of Economics) "Presentation of the Research Project “Human Rights in the Face of Challenges of XXI Century"
  • Oksana Karpenko (St. Petersburg, Centre for Independent Social Research) "'Civil Society' and 'Human Rights' in Russian School Textbooks"
  • Mikhail Rozhansky (Irkutsk, Centre of Independent Social Research and Education) "Presentation of the Project 'Humanitarian Education and Social Modernization'"
  • Yuri Ryzhov (Taganrog, Southern Federal University) "Freedom of Faith – Theory and Practice in Contemporary Russia"
  • Valentine Gefter (Moscow, Human Rights Institute) "Human Rights Images and Discourses in the Modern Society"
  • William Smirnov (Moscow, The Institute of State and Law of The Russian Academy of Sciences) "Political Rights in Social Sciences and Humanities"
  • Andrey Scherbovich, Leonid Isaev (Moscow, Higher School of Economics) "Three Levels of the Control over Internet"
  • Panel 4. "Civil Society and Education: Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges" (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 407) moderator - Pavel Kononenko (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Valentina Azarova (Palestine, Al-Quds University) "Politicizing Academia and the Politics of Education in the Palestinian Experience"
  • Irina Flige (St. Petersburg, Memorial) "Volunteers, Interns, NGO Trainees: in the Search of Interest. Conflict of Motivation"
  • Irina Albegova (Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Demidov State University) "Social Cooperation Between University and NGO as One of the Way for Human Rights Issues’ Resolution in Russia"
  • Tatiana Chukanova (Barnaul, Altai State University) "Cooperation Between Higher Education and Youth Organizations in Promotion of the Legal Knowledge Among Youth: Regional Experience"
  • Shota Kakabadze (Moscow, Higher School of Economics) "The Organization of Students Internship in the Process of Human Rights Education"
  • Mara Polyakova (Moscow, Council Civil Society Institutes and Human Rights Development: NEPS) "Promoting Human Rights Awareness among the Students in Legal Departments"
  • Yury Vdovin (St. Petersburg, Citizen Watch) "Human Rights NGO in Cooperation with Universities and Research Centers"
  • Sergey Nikitin (Moscow, Amnesty International) "The Experience of Students’ Activism: International Aspect and Russian Reality"
  • 13:00- 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:30 Panel Sessions
  • Panel 5. "Public Education in Russia" (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 402) moderator - Pavel Kononenko (St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Arkady Gutnikov (St. Petersburg, Law School of Prince Oldenburg) "Moot Court Competition in 2005-2009"
  • Sofia Ivanova (Ryazan, Ryazan School of Human Rights) "Formal and Informal Education in Human Rights: Experience of Ryazan School of Human Rights"
  • Tatiana Kosinova (St. Petersburg, Memorial ) "Presentation of the Project Cogita.ru"
  • Olga Starovoitova (St. Petersburg, Galina Starovoitova Fund and Museum) "'Galateya' Competition – 10 years of Public Educational Project"
  • Panel 6. "Higher Education, Civil Society and US/Russian Relations: US/Russian cooperation" (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 407) moderator - Jonathan Becker (USA, Bard College)
  • Elizabeth Babcock (USA, Tufts University, Talloires Network)
  • Ted Gerber (USA, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Thomas Keenan (USA, Bard College)
  • Irina Laktionova (Moscow, ISE Center)
  • Sergey Golubev (Moscow, New Eurasia)
  • Anna Sharogradskaya (St.Petersburg, Regional Press Institute)
  • Panel 7. "Expert workshop 'History of the 1990s in the public opinion and in the curriculum of secondary schools and universities'" (with the support of Gaidar Foundation) (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 501) moderator - Dmitry Travin (St. Petersburg, European University at St. Petersburg)
  • Leonid Mlechin (Moscow, TV-Center)
  • Nikita Sokolov (Moscow, Journal "Around the world")
  • Boris Dolgin (Moscow, polit.ru)
  • Yuri Romanov (Moscow, Moscow Pedagogical State University)
  • Alexander Semyonov (St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg State University)
  • Vladimir Gel’man (St.Petersburg, European University at St. Petersburg)
  • 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00-18:00 Summing-up. The end of the conference (Lieutenanta Schmidta Emb., 11, room 248)

14-15 october
2010

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