AS OF MAY 2015, ELE HAS BECOME ELE II, AND IS UNDER A NEW HOST!
English Language Evenings is an independent, open, public English-language lecture forum in Moscow, having hosted more than 250 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 of ELE II is John Harrison, Editor of Moscow Expat Life, artist, radio program host of "Brave New World", Brit.
The founder of ELE Stephen Lapeyrouse has moved on to further activities in Concord, Massachusetts, but will be helping coordinate "ELE II" with its host John Harrison. Stephen is the author of "Towards the Spiritual Convergence of America and Russia", "В поисках "Американской мечты" - Избранные эссе", and his website can be found at AmericanReflections.net.
ELE has now hosted 250+ 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.
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 II. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Here you can find a link to Chekhov Library web site, and this is a link to Library page on Facebook
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.
TO BE ON THE FREE EMAILING LIST AND TO AUTOMATICALLY BE NOTIFIED OF UPCOMING ELE MEETINGS, CHANGES, ETC, SIMPLY SEND AN EMAIL TO: EnglishLanguageEveningsMoscow-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com
English Language Evenings on Wikipedia
David Wansbrough's Pages
Passport Magazine on Solzhenitsyn talk
The 18th season, 2015/2016, will begin September 11, 2015,and lectures will be added gradually during the weeks and months.
To review this past, 17th season (2014/2015) click here.
To review 16th Season (2013/2014) click here.
To review the 15th season (2012/2013) 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.
September 11, 2015"WB Yeats"
September 25, 2015"News Media Bias - Key to the Future"
Charles Wiley, Lecturer & Veteran Journalist.
October 9, 2015"The Naming of Parts - The Body and Language"
October 23, 2015"The Green Evolution in Russia - The Long Road to 'Ecolisation' of the Russian Economy"
Guy Eames, CEO Green Building Council Russia.
November 6, 2015"Basics of English Law For International Business People"
Doran Doeh, Partner, Dentons.
November 20, 2015"What Future Are We Preparing Our Children For and What Does 'Good ' Learning Look Like?"
David Lowder, Principal, The English International School, Moscow East.
December 4, 2015"The Pursuit of Happiness"
Vanessa Burke, International School Teacher
December 18, 2015"13 Generations: How I Traced My Russian Family to The Year 1620"
Sophia Tupolev, leads the Russian Conversation Club, which she founded in 2009. She is the Russia Representative for American Citizens Abroad, an advocacy group for American expats' rights.