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HSE Open Talks at HSE Day

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.

Fighting Corruption in the Middle Kingdom: How President Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign Changes China

When Xi Jinping became President of China in 2012, he started an anti-corruption campaign of unprecedented scale. Until today, more than 100,000 state officials have been indicted for corruption, including 120 officials at the very top. In the talk, we will discuss how the campaign has profoundly changed the way China works, and whether these changes are for the better or the worse.

Time: 14:00

Lecturer: Michael Rochlitz, Assistant Professor at the School of Political Science

Data Science for Nature exploration

The advances in machine learning methods have triggered an ever increasing accuracy of analyses. Data scientists are playing key role not only in big companies but also in the Natural Sciences research teams. The talk will discuss machine-learning-inspired approach that could significantly reduce the time and the efforts required for making a discovery.

Time: 14:30

Lecturer: Denis Derkach, Senior Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis

Monumental Connections: Art and Friendship between the USA and the USSR during the Great Depression

The American economic crisis of the 1930s provided the impetus for a series of exchanges between American and Soviet artists that would have been unthinkable before 1929. The talk examines the influence of American-Soviet cultural exchange on the evolution of Modern art. It also describes the significance of the contributions of African-American artists, and their particular role in early Soviet-American cultural relations. 

Time: 15:00

Lecturer: Angelina Lucento, Research Fellow at the The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences

From Linear to Circular Economy: The Electronics’ Potential

As a byproduct of technological advancements, rapidly growing volumes of discarded electronics become electronic waste, simultaneously representing a great resource potential and a significant environmental threat. The talk will focus on various measures adapted by countries and multilateral organizations to deal with e-waste problems and to tap into its economic potential.

Time: 15:30

Lecturer: Natalia Milovantseva, Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

What is Philosophy?

What is philosophy? The question seems to ask for an answer, a definition. But what if philosophy is something that cannot simply be defined? Or what if philosophy is a problem for which there is no solution? The talk will focus on these discussions and possible answers to illuminate the problem.

Time: 16:00

Lecturer: Andrew Haas, Associate Professor at the School of Philosophy

Innovative Behavior and Public Service Motivation of Russian Civil Servants

Motivation and behavior of civil servants has a considerable impact on their decision-making. The talk will analyze on the basis of empirical data how innovative and error-correcting behavior of Russian Public Civil servants correlates with three types of motivation: Public Service Motivation, Power Motivation and Security Motivation.

Time: 16:30

Lecturer: Tim Jaekel, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration

The Digital Turn: How Computers Change Our Life (And How Philosophy Helps Us to Understand It)

Computers have transformed our lives. This is a challenge for philosophical ethics. Take two examples: friendship and theft. Is virtual friendship real and can it replace friendship in real life? Can we steal something, even if the thing itself does not change its location, because it is merely virtual?

Time: 17:00

Lecturer: Stefan Hessbrüggen-Walter, Assistant Professor at the School of Philosophy

Russia's Challenge: A Declining Power's Quest for Status

The talk traces Russia's challenge to the international order to Russian leader's concerns about the country's international status. Most analysis trace Russia's concerns about status to domestic politics and Imperial/Cold War nostalgia. However, the speaker argues that Russia's current obsession with status is a natural product of its decline as a great power in the international system.

Time: 17:30

Lecturer: Andrej Krickovic, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

As part of the HSE’ Open-Air Lectures, HSE Day will also feature an entire series of informative talks in Russian. This year, 2016, is the Year of Cinema in Russia. Because of this, Associate Professors Vitaly Kurennoy, Alexander Pavlov, and Kirill Martynov will talk about film genres such as documentaries, feature films, and shows. They will also talk about other film-related phenomena and discuss some of film’s philosophical parallels with reality.

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HSE Day 2017 in Photos

On September 14, the Higher School of Economics celebrated its main holiday, HSE Day, for the sixth time. Not only HSE students and staff, but anyone living in Moscow could enjoy the event. Let’s see what it was like – lectures, music, dancing, sports, student initiation, rain, sun, and rainbow. Click on the photos to zoom in.

HSE Day 2017. Live

Today is the sixth time HSE has been celebrating HSE Day at Gorky Park. Open air lectures, science and technology platform, sport master classes, intellectual competitions and many more activities are open for everyone. If you are not in the park now, follow our live broadcast on the website. And don’t hesitate to join the celebration any moment!

HSE Day at Gorky Park: Fun for Everyone

On September 14, the Higher School of Economics is again welcoming guests at Moscow’s Gorky Park to celebrate HSE Day – an extraordinary event that has become a tradition of citywide proportions. HSE Day has a lot to offer for everyone and is open to international students and faculty members.

Sun and Rain, Sports and Fashion, Studies and Leisure — All at HSE Day

On September 8, 2016, HSE DAY took place in Gorky Park for the fifth time. This is a festival that allows everyone to have a good time in a joyful atmosphere. In the following article, we will tell you all about it.

HSE Day 2016. Live

Today is the fifth time HSE has been celebrating HSE Day at Gorky Park. Open air lectures, science and technology platform, sport master classes, intellectual competitions and many more activities are open for everyone. If you are not in the park now, follow our live broadcast on the website. And don’t hesitate to join the celebration any moment!

HSE Day for Athletic People

Learning a new sport is good for the brain and no worse than traditional intellectual games. And who needs a clear mind more than a student? That’s why a lot of sports clubs have been established at HSE, and they will be represented at the ‘Sports and Activities’ platform.

Experience the Whole World at HSE DAY

Students from more than 20 countries and almost 200 international staff members currently study and work at HSE. With this in mind, HSE Day in Gorky Park will offer a platform for intercultural communication in the most varied of fields, from music to breaking stereotypes about certain countries and cultures. Here, international students will take the lead, and you’ll be able to learn about various cultures first-hand.

HSE Day for Science Geeks

The special HSE Day will demonstrate real science to its guests at the ‘Science and Technology’ platform. The achievements will be showcased by HSE MIEM, the School of Psychology, and HSE Lab (HSE Prototyping Centre). They will answer the trickiest questions put by the geeks. You’ll be able to get hands on and investigate the technological achievements on display and even test them yourself.

HSE Day Offers Something for Everyone

Russian students and teachers were not the only ones to actively participate in HSE Day on September 9; many foreigners who study or work at the university took part as well. Numerous activities enriching the celebration could be enjoyed without any knowledge of Russian — for example, Speed ​​Dating, Dance Battle, and a variety of sporting events. However, some sites during the festival had a special English-language programme.

Rain Won’t Stop Us: HSE Day 2015

On the 9th of September the fourth HSE Day went ahead in Gorky Park. It began with an event for parents of aspiring young university applicants and ended with a student initiation for first years and a concert by the rock band Splean. To find out more about our open-day festival — take a look at the photos!