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English-language lectures ‘HSE Open Talks’

Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Higher School of Economics 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 – who join the university through the international recruiting programme. HSE continues the tradition of public lectures at HSE Day, and holds HSE Open Talks in English. Academics from all over the world representing the most diverse disciplines will discuss their research and talk with the public. Join the audience and use your chance to ask them questions!

Schedule of Talks

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To the Heart of Decision-Making

Emiliano Catonini

PhD in Economics,  Assistant Professor at the International College of Economics and Finance, HSE


Rationality plays a central role in economic models. Emiliano Catonini will talk about the foundations of rational and not-so-rational decision-making as it is used in economics.

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Russian-Chinese Relations

Andrej Krickovic

PhD in Political Science, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE


Both Russia and China are important players on the international arena, and during the course of the XXth century their relations underwent several sharp turns. Andrej Krickovic will talk about the current state of relations between these two countries.

4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Brain Stimulation and Cognitive Functions

Matteo Feurra

PhD in Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE


Matteo Feurra will talk about the advancements of neuroscience and the enhancement of brain functions through non-invasive brain stimulation.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

North Korea's Capitalist Revolution: Emerging Markets in the Hermit Kingdom

Michael Rochlitz

PhD in Economics, Associate Professor at the School of Political Science, Faculty of
Social Sciences, HSE 

North Korea is one of the most anti-market countries in the world – yet it does not preclude semi-legal markets from emerging. Michael Rochlitz will share his observations about this process from his research trip to North Korea.

5:40 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

When and Why Public Administration Innovates

Tim Jaekel

PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE

Tim Jaekel will talk about why and when some public authorities try to improve citizen's well-being by doing things differently, and how performance gaps and competitive learning facilitate innovative behavior

6:20 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

How Public Discourse Changes Private Conversation between Strangers

Yuval Weber

PhD in International Relations, Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE

Public discourse has changed the interactions between strangers over the past year and a half.  Yuval Weber will talk about the typical reaction of strangers to hearing English or heavily accented Russian and the recurring questions expats receive: where are you from? what do you do? why did you come here? what do you think about __________?