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Semester Courses Fall 2023
Victor Apryshchenko | F23 M W
Ilya Kalinin | F23 M W
Michael Allakhverdov | F23 T T
Stanislav Savitski | F23 T T
Artemy Magun | F23 W
Masha Godovannaya | F23 M W
Andrei Rodin | F23 T T
Aleksey Gilev | F23 M W
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Mini-courses Fall 2023
Vera Shengeliya | SEP18 – NOV13 | M
Larissa Muravieva | NOV17 – DEC15 | F
Vera Shengeliya | SEP21 – NOV16 | TH
Denis Skopin | SEP20 – OCT19 | W T
Dmitry Bykov | OCT31– DEC1 | T T
Dmitry Bykov | SEP19 – OCT20 | T T
Larissa Muravieva | OCT6 – NOV3 | F
Graduate Courses Fall 2023
Denis Skopin | F2023 W
September 22, Denis Skopin's talk at Harvard Universithy.
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Smolny Beyond Borders is an educational initiative for students who left Russia and countries of Eurasia due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the declining educational situation in those countries. Smolny College (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University) was an international Russian-American project that began in 1997 and paved the path for the growth of liberal arts education across Russia.
About Smolny College
Smolny College was a long-term collaboration between St. Petersburg State University and Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. After its founding in 1997, it became both the largest liberal arts program in Russia and the most robust Russian-American partnership in the higher education sphere. In the summer of 2021, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation declared that Bard College is an undesirable organization, the first college or university to be so named. This began the dismantling of Smolny, which has since undergone the loss of faculty and curricular changes that have rejected the very idea of liberal arts and sciences education.
The Gagarin Center for the Study of Civil Society and Human Rights (Gagarin Center at Bard College) allows Russian scholars forced to leave Russia as a result of the war on Ukraine, and risks of political persecution, continue to pursue research and educational activities focused on contemporary social, economic, and human rights issues in Russia. Previously, the Gagarin Center, supported by the Gagarin Trust, was a core component of Smolny College. The Center and its fellows offered courses, prepared research on vital issues, offered public programming, and served as a venue for the critical exchange of ideas.