Welcome to English Language Evenings


English Language Evenings is an independent, open, public English-language lecture forum in Moscow, having hosted more than 240 meetings and ~200 different speakers since starting in 1998.

Meeting usually twice a month from September/October to late May, ELE hosts (mostly) native English speakers, often prominent and/or interesting individuals from Moscow's greater English-language and/or foreign-resident community, visitors, et al, giving lectures on topics of their own choosing.

Among the PURPOSES of ELE is the providing of an intelligent-intellectual evening in Moscow in English, the presentation of a wide variety of topics and speakers, and the promotion of more personal contacts between the speakers and Russians in Moscow. ELE is, in the context of Moscow, a kind of distant descendent of the Lyceum Movement started in 19th century America, and a direct one of "Penny University" in Santa Cruz, California.

All visitors, Russians and "expats" are welcome!

The Host

The HOST of the club is the founder, Stephen Lapeyrouse, author of "Towards the Spiritual Convergence of America and Russia",essayist, private English language tutor, and editor for newspaper English; American.


ELE has now hosted 240+ meetings with ~200 SPEAKERS from many countries: from astronauts to adventurers, ambassadors and attaches of various embassies; Fulbright scholars; visiting and resident professors; well-known Moscow journalists (from the Moscow Times, Moscow News, Russia Journal, etc.) and international TV and radio correspondents (BBC, VOA, Sky News); social activists; heads of institutions (e.g. AmCham, Moscow Carnegie Center, Amnesty International), and just interesting individuals, et al, on a wide variety of lecture topics. To view a full list of previous speakers/lectures, click here.

Attendance Fee

The lectures COST 100 rubles to attend. And since money can often cause misunderstandings, please let it be stated clearly that this is just a small "community institution", the personal project of the host, and is in no way intended to make money. Part of each evening's money goes as a modest support to the library itself, to the speakers (as an honoraria of thanks for their time and effort), and lastly towards various ELE expenses. Should anyone have a problem attending due to the entrance fee, please simply mention this to the host, and a discrete arrangement for free entrance can be made. Many speakers' honoraria over the years have gone in their names to well-known Russian charities: ROOF, ARC, Moscow Animals, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Nastenka, et al.)


Lectures, travelers, writers, adventurers, et al! If you would like to give a public lecture in Moscow, contact the host of ELE. Contact: sllapeyrouse@hotmail.com


Lectures are held in the: Chekhov Library/Cultural Center Strastnoi Bulvar 6 Moscow (Just north of the Metro Chekhovskaya street exit -- somewhat across from the large cinema at Pushkin Square -- look for the "6" on the building; go through the tunnel/arch to the back side of the building. Take the first gate/door immediately as you exit the tunnel.) Click here for map!


Meetings are usually, but not always, Fridays, so pay close attention to dates! Lectures usually start at 19:00, followed by Q&As, discussion, comments, etc; and ending about 21:00.

Notifications on ELE activities


A Selection of Publications on ELE activities

English Language Evenings on Wikipedia

David Wansbrough's Pages

Passport Magazine on Solzhenitsyn talk

The 17th season, 2014/2015

The 17th season, 2014/2015, will begin September 19, 2014,and lectures will be added gradually during the weeks and months.

To review the past season, 2013/2014 -- 16th Season, click here.

To view the 15th (2012/2013) season speakers, click here.

NOTE: There are sometimes unplanned but necessary changes in lecturers and/or ELE dates. This is rare, but it does happen. If you are on the email list (see above) you will be notified asap; if not, it is recommended to check back here before a lecture to confirm. Efforts are made to let people know when changes occur; but best is to check here just in case.

This is the temporary relocation place for ELE. Probably till December.

September 19, 2014 NOTE: The lecture of September 19 will take place in the "reading room" of the Chekhov Library; the entrance is from Strastnoi Bulvar 8.

"What is 'Goodness'?" (Following on his talk on "Beauty" last ELE season, and a coming talk on "Truth" -- he will have addressed the three verities of many philosophers.)

David Wansbrough

October 3, 2014

"Custine and Co: Foreign Writers in Russia through the Ages"

Jennifer Eremeeva, Author, Blogger

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