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Liberal Education in Russia and the World

International Conference "Liberal Education in Russia and the World" (58-60 Galernaya Street).

This conference is made possible in part by the generous support of The International Higher Education Support Program, Foundation to Support Open Society.

Organizing Committee

  • Aleksei Kudrin
  • Leon Botstein
  • Valery Monakhov
  • Jonathan Becker
  • Susan Gillespie

Program Committee

  • Denis Akhapkin
  • Olga Voronina
  • Elena Kazakova
  • Marina Kalashnikova
  • Vadim Kasevich
  • Artemy Magun
  • Alexander Semyonov
  • Elena Khodorkovskaya
  • Tatiana Chernigovskaya
  • Marianna Shakhnovich

Working Group 

  • Natalia Alyoshina
  • Bryan Billings
  • Tatiana Mandrik
  • Nadezhda Protsenko
  • Aleksei Rykov
  • Tatiana Tananikina
  • Vladimir Khotyakov
  • Anatoly Chekmasov
  • Olga Shamina

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

October 4th

  • 9:00-10:00am Registration: Cinema Hall (Auditorium 223)
  • 10:00-11:00am Opening of the Conference: Cinema Hall (Auditorium 223)

Welcome and Preliminary Remarks

  • Aleksei Kudrin (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Leon Botstein (President, Bard College, USA)
  • Valery Monakhov (Vice Chair of the Academic Council, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)

11:00-11:15am Break

11:15-1:30pm Plenary Session "The Liberal Arts in Russia and Post-Soviet SpaceCinema Hall (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Aleksei Kudrin (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University); Leon Botstein (President, Bard College, USA)

Keynote Speakers

  • Denis Akhapkin (Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University):Liberal Arts in the System of Russian Higher Education
  • Andrei Zorin (Professor of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford University, UK; Academic Programs Director, Faculty of Government Management, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow):Liberal Arts Education: Problems of the Russian Context
  • Ilya Kukulin (Associate Professor, Deputy Chair, Chair of Cultural Projects, Division of Cultural Studies, Department of Philosophy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow): The Concept of Liberal Arts Education and the Choice of Career as Presented to High-School Students and Parents in Contemporary Russia
  • Jerzy Axer (Dean, Faculty "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Poland; President, "Artes Liberales Institute" Foundation): Liberal Arts Education in Eastern Europe: Chances and Challenges
  • Andrew Wachtel (President, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan):
    Liberal Arts in Central Asia: Content, Form, or Both?

1:30-3:00pm Lunch: Restaurant Russian Kitsch, University Embankment 25

3:00-5:00pm Panel A. "Networking of Liberal Arts Institutions" Cinema Hall (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Jonathan Becker (Vice President and Dean for Civic Engagement and International Affairs, Bard College, USA); Vadim Kasevich (Chair, Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Literature, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)

Presenters

  • Kevin Hovland (Senior Director of Global Learning and Curricular Change, Association of American Colleges and Universities): A Century of Leadership for Liberal Education in the United States
  • Thomas Rommel (Rector and Provost, ECLA of Bard, Germany): Liberal Arts Networks in Europe – for Present Comfort and for Future Good
  • Valery Monakhov (Vice Chair of the Academic Council, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University): Development of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Russian Educational Space and the Prospect of Networking

5:00-5:30pm Break

5:30-7:30pm Panel B. "Visions of Liberal Arts in the XXI Century" Cinema Hall (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Patricia Graham (Charles Warren Professor of the History of Education Emerita and former Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA); Tatiana Chernigovskaya (Professor, Academic Director, "Cognitive Studies" Program, Director, Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)

Panelists

  • Tatiana Chernigovskaya (Professor, Academic Director, "Cognitive Studies" Program, Director, Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University): Convergence of Science and its Place in the Modern World
  • Sergey Zuev (Dean, Institute of Governmental Policy and Applied Research in the Humanities, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow) Topic to be determined
  • Svetlana Karas (Rector, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
    Moscow): Music within the System of Liberal Education

Discussants: Sergey Kropotov (Rector, Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art); Leon Botstein (President, Bard College, USA)

7:30-9:00pm Dinner Reception: Second Floor of the Main Building

October 5th

10:00-11:30am Panel C. "The Socially Responsible University" (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Vincent McGee (Trustee, The Gagarin Trust; Senior Research Fellow, The Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, City University of New York, USA); Marianna Shakhnovich (Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Head of the Department of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University)

Presenters

  • Dmitry Dubrovsky (Research Fellow and Expert, Russian Museum of Ethnography; Head of the "Human Rights" Minor Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University): Human Rights Education, Civil Engagement and Citizens' Responsibility
  • Pavel Tereshkovich (Head of the Department of History and Chairman of the Senate, European Humanities University, Lithuania): Liberal Arts Education and the Belarusian Educational Landscape: the Case of EHU
  • Voldemar Tomusk (Director for Policy and Evaluation, International Higher Education Support Program): The University's Social Mission after "cooling-out"
  • Jonathan Becker (Vice President and Dean for Civic Engagement and International Affairs, Bard College, USA): The Civically Engaged University in the XXI Century
  • Tatiana Petrova (Deputy Director, Department of Supplementary Elementary Education, Childrearing and Youth Policy, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation): The Social Mission of the University: the Russian Tradition of Liberal Education

Roundtable 1. "Liberal Education in Russia: Practice, Perspectives, Partnerships" (Ball Room, Auditorium 151)

Chairs: Vadim Kasevich(Chair, Interdisciplinary Research in Language

and Literature, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St.Petersburg State University); Elena Kazakova (Director, MA program in Intercultural Education, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)

Participants

  • Yulia Gritskevich (Associate Professor, Chair of Russian Language, Department of Philology, Pskov State University)
  • Svetlana Sedunova (Associate Professor, Chair of Finances, Department of Economics and Finances, Pskov State University): Adult Education: Problems and Prospects of Development
  • Svetlana Gusova (Deputy Director, Office of Educational Quality Improvement, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow): Ethical Liberalism in the Context of Liberal Education: L. Tolstoy and K. Ventzel

  • Yulia Nazarova (Associate Professor, Chair of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Tula State Pedagogical University named after L.N. Tolstoy): Liberalism as the Social and Cultural Foundation of Liberal Arts Education

  • Elena Meleshko (Chair, Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Tula State Pedagogical University named after L.N. Tolstoy): Innovative Trends in Liberal Education: Educational Experience of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Tula State Pedagogical University named after L.N. Tolstoy
  • Vera Kolkutina (Associate Professor, Chair of History of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Perm State National Research University)
  • Nina Snetova (Associate Professor, Chair of History of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Perm State National Research University): The Connection of Science and the Humanities and the
    Actualization of this Connection as a Principle of Liberal Education
  • Marina Kalashnikova (Deputy Chief, Office of Academic and Methodology Support, Directorate of Academic Programs, St. Petersburg State University):
    The Third Generation of Federal State Educational Standards for Higher Professional Education in "Arts and Humanities" [Educational Track 035300]: Opportunities and Limits

11:30-12:00pm Break

12:00-1:30pm Panel D. "Liberal Arts in the Context of Challenges to Higher Education" (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Aleksei Kudrin (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University); Jerzy Axer (Dean, Faculty "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw, Poland; President, "Artes Liberales Institute" Foundation)

Presenters

  • Mikhail Sokolov (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology; Director of Regional Programs, European University at St. Petersburg):Conspicuous consumption of Higher Learning and Creeping Liberalization of Curriculum in Russian Universities
  • Patricia Graham (Charles Warren Professor of the History of Education Emerita and former Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA): Why Liberal Arts?
  • Artemy Magun (Dean, Professor of Democratic Theory, Department of Political Science and Sociology, European University at St. Petersburg; Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University): Maneuvering between Two Dangers: Post-Soviet Inertia and Neo-
    Liberal Reform in Russian Higher Education
  • Carlin Romano (Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Ursinus College, USA; Critic-at-Large of the Chronicle of Higher Education): Is the American University Going to Hell? Overview from a Critic-at-Large
  • Alexander Semyonov (Dean of the Department of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg): Is History a Liberal Arts Discipline?
  • Fried Keesen (Director of Education, University College Utrecht, the Netherlands): University College Utrecht: Bologna Pioneer in the Netherlands

1:30-3:00pm Lunch: Restaurant Russian Kitsch, University Embankment 25

3:00-4:00pm Open Forum. "Perspectives for the Collaboration of Russian Universities in the Development of Liberal Education" (Auditorium 223)

Moderators: Valery Monakhov (Vice Chair of the Academic Council, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University); Jonathan Becker (Vice President and Dean for Civic Engagement and International Affairs, Bard College, USA)

4:00-5:30pm Workshop: "The Smolny Approach to Liberal Arts Education:
Structures and Practice" Ball Room (Auditorium 151)
Synchronized interpretation will not be provided for this workshop.

Facilitators: Denis Akhapkin (Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University); Marina Kalashnikova (Deputy Chief, Office of Academic andMethodology Support, Directorate of Academic Programs, St. Petersburg State University)

Panel E: "Liberal Arts Education in the European Academic Environment(Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Antonia Gohr (Director for Academic Affairs and International Programs, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany); Catherine Toal (Dean, ECLA of Bard, Germany)

Presenters

  • Antonia Gohr (Director for Academic Affairs and International Programs, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany): Liberal Arts Education in Europe – Concepts and Challenges
  • Anatoliy Mikhailov (Rector, European Humanities University, Lithuania): Challenges of Liberal Arts Education: Between Knowing and
    Thinking
  • Orlanda Lie (Head of Humanities Department, Professor of Medieval Culture, University College Utrecht, the Netherlands): European Liberal Arts: Breadth and Depth at University College Utrecht
  • Jan Apel (Vice Rector, Gotland University, Sweden): Liberal Arts Education at Gotland University
  • Dimitri Mironov (Director, Catherine’s College, Tallinn University, Estonia): Liberal Arts as a Means of Internationalization of Education: the Experience of Tallinn University

5:30-5:45pm Break

5:45-6:45pm Round Table 2. "Liberal Arts Partnerships" (Auditorium 223)

Chairs: Leon Botstein (President, Bard College, USA); Daria Pushkina (Academic Director of the Bard-Smolny Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)

Presenters

  • Munther Dajani (Dean, Al Quds Bard Honors College, Al-Quds University, Palestinian Territories): What Liberal Arts and Sciences Education is? Letting Go or Better Yet, Striking a Balance
  • Andrew Wachtel (President, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan):
    Serving Two Masters: Local vs. International Visions of the University
  • Daria Pushkina (Academic Director of the Bard-Smolny Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University): Educational R2P - Responsibility to Partnerships
  • Thomas Rommel (Rector and Provost, ECLA of Bard, Germany): Your Partner in this Cause: The Benefits of Liberal Arts Partnerships from a Berlin Perspective
  • Susan Gillespie (Vice President for Special Initiatives, Founding Director the Institute of International Liberal Education, Bard College, USA): Translating Ideas into Institutional Practice: Cases and Conundrums

6:45-7:30pm Closing of the Conference: (Auditorium 223)

Final Remarks

  • Aleksei Kudrin (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University)
  • Leon Botstein (President, Bard College, USA)