Discussion Club: USA and Russia – Different or Alike?

January 01, 1970

Discussion Club: USA and Russia – Different or Alike?

Welcome to a series of weekly meetings where we will discuss similarities and differences between Russian and American societies, cultures, moral values, and norms. Engaged in discussing fascinating and complex topics, you will practice your English, get a better understanding of the United States, and engage in critical thinking and open debate much valued in U.S. academia.

Language requirements: Recommended minimum level of English is Intermediate.

This week we will touch on an important topic of education. We’ll try to see how Russian and US educational systems reflect their respective societies, including hierarchy, individualism, and attitude to authority. What is ‘banking education’ why it’s bad for critical thought? Why can’t you remember what you heard during a lecture and why American students do not cheat on tests? (Yes, it’s true!) Let’s discuss!

Led by Nikolai Rubanovsky and Alina Korshunova.

Nikolai Rubanovsky is a press analyst at European Union Delegation to Russia and a Fulbright Alumnus. Nikolai holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod and a master’s degree in Communication and International Development from Ohio University. He hosts a podcast series discussing American and Russian societal differences, has organized several lecture series and community development projects in the US.

Alina Korshunova is American Center in Moscow Coordinator and a Fulbright Alumna. Alina holds a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from Pyatigorsk State University and a master’s degree in Linguistics from Eastern Michigan University. 


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