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English-language lectures HSE Open Talks

The Higher School of Economics consistently strives to discover new international horizons, both in research and in teaching. Each year, HSE welcomes new colleagues – Ph.D. holders from  the world’s best universities – as part of the school’s international recruiting programme. The time has come to get to know them better, and HSE Day is the best time to do so. For the first time ever, HSE Day will showcase English-speaking lecturers – HSE instructors and researchers. Academics from all over the world representing the most diverse disciplines will discuss their research and talk with the public. Welcome to the first ever HSE Open Talks at HSE Day!

Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
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15:00Mosaics, Melting Pots, and Big Ideas: The Experience of an Immigrant in Three Countries

Across the world there are over 230 million migrants in almost every country of the world. Migrants, people who move away from their country of origin, are motivated by diverse interests: better job opportunities, better social opportunities, family reunification, or simply because they cannot continue living in their own countries. As people from different countries migrate for different reasons, receiving countries then have to manage greater diversity. Some encourage diversity, others try to reduce the importance of diversity, and still others do not address it at all. Migration thus causes changes in social environments. In this talk I address my own personal migration experience to understand differences in the social and political responses to diversity. I came to Canada at a very young age, where the social model is a mosaic.I then immigrated again to the United States, where the social model is a melting pot. I have now moved once again internationally to Russia, which has no single model, but has moved through several national ideas over the past century.

Yuval Weber,
PhD, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE
 16:00Performance Incentives and Economic Growth: Regional Officials in Russia and China

Both China and Russia combine centralized personnel selection with substantial administrative autonomy for regional officials. However, Russian and Chinese regions differ markedly with respect to economic dynamism and economic performance. Why do we observe such continuing divergence in performance, despite both systems having become more comparable in recent years with respect to their administrative structure? Based on the findings of a growing empirical literature, this talk illustrates how the incentives for regional officials differ significantly between both countries. These differences can be traced back to different objectives of the ruling elites, which in turn are influenced by the economic structure of both countries, as well as the way history has shaped the institutional architecture in China and Russia during the last 30 years.

Michael Rochlitz,
PhD, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics, HSE
 17:00Social Capital and Friends: How Sociology Helps us Make Sense of the World

Sociology is about finding recurring patterns in society and uncovering explanations for those patterns, to help us make sense of the world. One topic in this field goes by the intriguing name ‘social capital.’  But what IS social capital?  How do you get it?  How does it help you if you have it?  How does it affect society if there is more or less of it?  At the societal level, how do we in fact tell whether there is more or less social capital?   Scholars have diverse definitions of ‘social capital’, as well as many different ways of measuring it.  We will discuss a few of these competing ideas, and explain why it is important for us to be clear about what we are measuring and why.   This talk should help you not only understand a very popular new term, but more importantly, how studying sociology can help you understand the world around us.


Sarah Busse Spencer,

PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE

 18:00Management: Myths and Reality

The word ‘management’ is used in many different contexts. What are the common myths about management and what is actually true? Dr. Valentina Kuskova will give the audience a quiz to unveil common misperceptions about management in society. Over the course of her lecture, she will explain what management really is in terms of managing self, other people and companies. Managerial skills can be useful in practically any business situation, so professionals specializing in very diverse fields will all take something away from this talk that they can apply in their careers and everyday lives.

Valentina Kuskova,

PhD, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management and the Director of the International Laboratory for Applied Network Research, HSE

University for the City Lectorium

For the Russian-language lecture series, we have put together a lectorium of the most interesting and popular lectures so that HSE Day guests can have the chance to attend.

Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
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15:00‘The Byzantine University and the Beginning of Education in Rus’

 Andrey Vinogradov,
Candidate of Science, Associate Professor of Social History (Faculty of History, HSE)

16:00'City and University'

The most vivid stories of symbiosis, which forms city and university culture.


Vitaly Kurennoy,

Candidate of Science, Head of the School of Cultural Studies and the Department Head of the school’s Department of Cultural Sciences (Faculty of Philosophy, HSE) 
17:00‘Despicable You: How Do Cities Influence Universities?’

What do modern universities acquire and what do they do away with under the influence of the urban environment.
Учеба и научные занятия требуют уединения. Лужайки, гребные каналы, гроты, холмы, парки и сады – таков исторический антураж многих университетов. Но далеко не всех. Иногда университет размещается прямо в центре города, даже образует собой город. Именно из университетов выходит мода, они дают образцы поведения и культуры. Самокаты, бородки, роговые очки – не поставляют ли сегодня университеты стиль жизни для капиталистического города? А значит, города отучили-таки университеты от сладкого уединения и включили в экономический обмен. От чего отказываются и что приобретают современные университеты под влиянием городской среды – вот основной вопрос нашего разговора.

Peter Safronov,

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Programs, HSE 
18:00 ‘What It Means to Be a student: the Balance Between Theory and Practice’

Creating an individual educational trajectory as a combination of theory and practical skills.

Anna Zavaley,
Candidate of Sciences, Manager in the School of Cultural Studies (Faculty of Philosophy, HSE)