ENGLISH LANGUAGE EVENINGS II MOSCOW (Est. 1998)

Welcome to English Language Evenings II

    

English Language Evenings is an independent, open, public English-language lecture forum in Moscow, having hosted more than 250 meetings and ~200 different speakers since starting in 1998.

Meeting usually twice a month from September/October to late May, ELE hosts (mostly) native English speakers, often prominent and/or interesting individuals from Moscow's greater English-language and/or foreign-resident community, visitors, et al, giving lectures on topics of their own choosing.

Among the PURPOSES of ELE is the providing of an intelligent-intellectual evening in Moscow in English, the presentation of a wide variety of topics and speakers, and the promotion of more personal contacts between the speakers and Russians in Moscow. ELE is, in the context of Moscow, a kind of distant descendent of the Lyceum Movement started in 19th century America, and a direct one of "Penny University" in Santa Cruz, California.

All visitors, Russians and "expats" are welcome!

Notifications on ELE activities

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The Hosts

The HOSTS of ELE II are John Harrison, Editor of Moscow Expat Life, artist, Brit and Oksana Danchevskaya, a Cultural Studies specialist and an Associate Professor at Moscow State Pedagogical University.

The founder of ELE Stephen Lapeyrouse has moved on to further activities in Lexington, Massachusetts. He organises ELE-type public lectures there: 'Lexington Lectures'. Stephen is the author of "Towards the Spiritual Convergence of America and Russia", "В поисках "Американской мечты" - Избранные эссе", and his website can be found at AmericanReflections.net.

Speakers

ELE has now hosted 250+ meetings with ~200 SPEAKERS from many countries: from astronauts to adventurers, ambassadors and attaches of various embassies; Fulbright scholars; visiting and resident professors; well-known Moscow journalists (from the Moscow Times, Moscow News, Russia Journal, etc.) and international TV and radio correspondents (BBC, VOA, Sky News); social activists; heads of institutions (e.g. AmCham, Moscow Carnegie Center, Amnesty International), and just interesting individuals, et al, on a wide variety of lecture topics. To view a full list of previous speakers/lectures, click here.

Contacts

Lectures, travelers, writers, adventurers, et al! If you would like to give a public lecture in Moscow, contact the hosts of ELE II. Contact: harrisonjohng@icloud.com

Location

Lectures are held in the Chekhov Library/Cultural Center Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow (Just north of the Metro Chekhovskaya street exit -- somewhat across from the large cinema at Pushkin Square -- look for the "6" on the building; go through the tunnel/arch to the back side of the building. Take the first gate/door immediately as you exit the tunnel.) Click here for map!

Here you can find a link to Chekhov Library web site, and this is a link to Library page on Facebook

Time

Meetings are usually, but not always, Fridays, so pay close attention to dates! Lectures usually start at 19:00, followed by Q&As, discussion, comments, etc; and ending about 21:00.

A Selection of Publications on ELE activities

English Language Evenings on Wikipedia

David Wansbrough's Pages

Passport Magazine on Solzhenitsyn talk

The article in Moscow Expat Life magazine 'The Chekhov Library: A Mission of Freedom'


The 19th season, 2016/2017

Previous Lectures

December 16, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


Green Building (r)evolution in Russia - An Englishman's contribution to a greener Russia

Guy Eames, General Director of Green Building Council Russia


December 9, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


'Stand Up and Boast'

David Lowder is the headmaster of the 'English International School' in Moscow.

Stand up and Boast is about self-confidence, self-esteem and how we as individuals tend to be very modest and shy and don't overly promote ourselves when we should. So how can we change this approach? Can we project our skills to other people without being perceived as being arrogant? How do we identify what skills we have?

November 25, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


'Habsburg Lessons for Europe'

His Excellency, the Ambassador of Austria, Dr Brix

Apart from his outstanding diplomatic career, Dr Brix has a doctorship in European politics of the 19th and early 20th century, with a particular interest in the decline of empires in Europe.

November 11, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


The impact of culture on geopolitics.

John Harrison, M.A., Msc.

This lecture will aim to identify the importance of culture in geopolitics. Such a discussion is not new. Thucydides wrote about: 'modes of life,' Mamdani discussed: 'Culture Talk'. With the rise of modern day 'security theory' however, culture has not, (it is argued) been given appropriate attention. The Copenhagen School identified the 'societal' as being as important as other aspects of security, and discussed 'securitisation' through the speech act, which, as will be pointed out in the lecture, is only possible with the support of localised culture. As a case study, John Harrison researched the change in political orientation of western expatriates living in Moscow over time.

October 28, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


"Recurring themes on contemporary Surrealism"

Lucio Giuliodori, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aesthetics, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Arts

The lecture aims to explore some of the main concepts exposed by surrealist painters. Being the only Avantgarde still alive, Surrealism is nowadays a very eclectic and active movement which still hasn't found what is (was) looking for: the unconscious. This perennial search is what makes it deeply interesting, philosophically and socially. The lecture will then go through the essential entanglement between psychoanalysis and art featuring the ontological matrix of this kind of art: an ineluctable thirst of inner knowledge.

October 14, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


'The Getting of Wisdom'

David Wansbrough

September 30, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


'The Art Of Stand Up Comedy'

Steven Foreman

Steven Foreman came to Russia 7 years ago. One of his main activities here is hosting the Moscow Comedy Bar once a week on the Arbat. He, and Russian guest comedians he introduces do Stand Up Comedy routines, a fairly new genre in Russia, in English.

How is Brit humour accepted here? How does Russian humour work from the point of view of a foreigner? What is the difference between British humour and Russian humour? Is humour as important or less important here? How do you make Russians laugh? How do you survive on a stage with hard eyes demanding a laugh? These are all themes that Steven will hopefully talk about on the 30th.

September 16, 7 pm

Chekhov Library/Cultural Centre,
Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow


'To Animals, We Are The Devil Incarnate'

James Hogan

James Hogan, a London-based animal welfare campaigner, will lecture on what William Ralph Inge might say about our treatment of animals in the 21st century if he were able to come back today and review how animals are faring in the world now, nearly 100 years since Dean Inge first spoke those words in 1920.

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