ELE Speakers List

Here is a list of previous guests and speakers/lectures of English Language Evenings.
(Note, all the meetings listed below of the first three seasons were held when the ELE was called the "English Language Discussion Club" [ELDC].)

All those listed below gave of their time and energy to speak to the ELE for which they are thanked!


Conversations with:
-- Matt Bivens – Chief Editor The Moscow Times.
-- Arteom Soloveychik – Chief Editor The First of September (Первое Cентября).
-- Katherine Yemelyanov – Assistant Cultural Attache US Embassy, Topic: Feminism, Moscow
-- Rod McCloud/Dimitri Fedosov – Scottish Club Moscow, "Scotland–Russia".
-- Andrew Harding – BBC Correspondent.
-- Tatyana Morozova – Institute of World Literature, Topic: Russia’s View of America.
-- John Brown – US Cultural Attache, US Embassy, Moscow.

October 21, 1999:
Professor Eve Adler, Professor Middlebury College
"Nihilism – American and Russian Style"

November 18, 1999:
John Brown, US Cultural Attache
"Reinventing Oneself in Contemporary America"

January 27, 2000:
Steven Taylor, Country Director Peace Corps
"Globalization in the 21st Century – What Do You Need to Know?"

February 10, 2000:
Johanna Kowitz, English Language Officer, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer,
American Embassy Moscow,
"What Makes an American an American?"

ebruary 24, 2000:
Simon Winetroube, English Language Officer – British Council Moscow
"The Future of English"

March 23, 2000:
John Brown, Cultural Attache – US Embassy
"The Work Ethic in America"

April 13, 2000:
John Helmer, Moscow Tribune
"The Death and Resurrection of Journalism in Russia"

May 11, 2000:
Simon Clanaman, BBC Russian Service, Managing Editor Moscow Office
"The BBC in Russia"

May 25, 2000:
Peter Heinlein, VOA Moscow Bureau Chief
"Five Years is Not Enough"

October 25, 2000:
David J. Firestein, Deputy Press Attache, U.S. Embassy,
"Whatever It Takes: The Making of the Next American President"

November 9, 2000:
David Wansbrough, Australian Poet and Author,
"An Australian Poet Experiences the Spirituality of Russia"

November 22, 2000:
Tim Douglas, Peace Corps Country Director, Russia,
"Alligators at My Neck: Experiences of an American Mayor"

December 14, 2000:
Scott Blacklin, President – America Chamber of Commerce in Russia,
"Russian and American Political and Economic Patterns: A Historical Perspective"


January 12, 2001:
Sonya Pace, VOA Bureau Chief,
"Telling Russia’s Story to the World"

February 9, 2001:
Ajai Goyal, President – The Russia Journal,
"The Negative Image of Russia in the Western News Media"

February 23, 2001:
Robert Goeckel, Ph.D. Harvard, Fulbright Scholar,
"Religion in Public Life: A US-Russian Comparison"

March 16, 2001:
David Firestein, US Embassy Moscow,
"The Bear and the Dragon: Russian and Chinese Cultural Commonalties and Differences"

March 30, 2001:
Pamela Spratlen, US Embassy,
"Walking and Talking for Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

April 13, 2001:
Tim Douglas, Peace Corps Country Director Russia,
"Volunteer Culture in Russia"

April 18, 2001:
Thomas Meyer, Author, Lecturer, Publisher,
"Huntington and Steiner on Russia and the West – Is the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Inevitable?"

April 27, 2001:
Tom Walsh, Deputy Director Education and Regions, British Council Russia,
"The United Kingdom in 2001 – A Country of Nations"

May 11, 2001:
Dr. John Chittick, Ph. D. Harvard University,
"Cultural Differences in the Understanding and Prevention of AIDS"

May 25, 2001:
Mark Luz, McGill University, Central European University, White & Case law firm,
"Competing Visions of Canada: Quebec Nationalism and Canadian Identity"

June 1, 2001:
John Freedman, Theater Critic for The Moscow Times,
"The Theater Scene in Moscow"


October 5, 2001:
Johanna Kowitz
Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy Moscow
"Seeing the Spirit: One American's View of Russia"

October 16, 2001:

Elizabeth Heresch
Austrian Journalist and Author of Nine Books on Russia
"Russia and the European Union"

November 9, 2001:

Susan King
Associate Director, John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Moscow
"Philanthropy in Russia"

November 16, 2001:
John Helmer
The Longest Serving Western Correspondent in Russia
"Stealing The Truth - How To Read, And Not To Read, The Press In Russia"

December 7, 2001:

Steven Rosenberg
BBC Correspondent Moscow
"Covering the News in Russia"

December 14, 2001:
Ajai Goyal
President Russia Journal
"The State of Russian Democracy- Do Russians Deserve Democracy or Dictatorship"

January 11, 2002:
Tatiana Venediktova
Moscow State University
"H. D. Thoreau and F. M. Dostoyevsky: Communication 'in the Higher Sense"

January 25, 2002:
Robert Nurick
Director, Carnegie Moscow Center (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
"Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties -- the US Debates"

February 8, 2002:
David Firestein
Political Section, US Embassy Russia
"George W. Bush: Year One in the White House"

February 22, 2002:

Dr. Toby Clyman
Professor of Russian Literature SUNY;
Director - Center of Russia and the United States, Moscow State University
"Nineteenth Century Russian Women's Autobiographies"

March 12, 2002:
Marlene Thorn Taber, PhD
"The Commercial Theater in New York City"

March 22, 2002:
Michel Hallot
Visiting Professor of Literature, MPSU
"The Television Landscape in the USA: MTV, Fragmentation and Free Speech"

April 12, 2002:
David Firestein, Political Section US Embassy Moscow
"God, Family, Boots, and Beer: Contemporary Country Music and the American Idea"

April 26, 2002:
Christopher Ohan,
Ph.D. Humanities, Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Lecturer MGIMO
"Globalization and the Teaching of History: The Triumph of Relativism"

May 21, 2002:
Sonya Pace,
VOA Bureau Chief, Moscow
"Impressions of Post-Taliban Afganistan"

May 31, 2002:
David Firestein, US Embassy -- Political Section
"Parting Thoughts on a Changing Moscow, 1998-2002"

October 14, 2002:
Dr. William Lan Craig (Research Professor of Philosophy
at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California)
"The Ultimate Question of Origins: God and the Beginning of the Universe"

October 18, 2002:
Geoffe Meade, British Sky News Broadcasting Correspondent
"The First Casualty -- the Life and Reporting Experiences of a TV
Correspondent in Danger Zones"

November 11, 2002:
Laura Kakko, Political Section Finnish Embassy Russia
"Finland and Russia -- a Border Dividing, a Border Uniting"

November 22, 2002:
Ruth Petzold, Ph D, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer for English Language Programs,
US Embassy Russia
"Murderer, Means, Mania, or Mother Tongue?"

December 6, 2002
Karen Fox, PhD., Professor Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California (Silicon Valley);
and Fulbright Lecturer, Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics, Moscow.
"From the Industrial Economy to the Service Economy to the Knowledge Economy: 
Transitions that Reshape Our World"

"Around the English-Speaking World Lecture Series":

ecember 16, 2002:
His Excellency Mr. James Sharkey, Ambassador of Ireland
"Modern Ireland"


January 24, 2003
Cynthia Warren, English Language Fellow (US State Dept), Irkutsk
"American West--Russian East: Historical Parallels"

February 14, 2003:
Justine Braithwaite, Australian Embassy Moscow - Cultural Attache
"The Kangaroo and the Bear:
Australia and Russia in the Asia Pacific"

February 21, 2003:
Mr. Satbir Singh, Director Indian Cultural Center Moscow
"Prospects of Indian-Russian Cultural Relations"

March 14, 2003:
His Excellency Dr. Joseph Cassar,
Ambassador of Malta to the Russian Federation
"Malta at the Crossroads of Civilizations"

April 11, 2003:
James Warlick,
Consul-General US Embassy Moscow
"US-Russian Relations Since September 11"

April 25, 2003:
Mark Sleboda,
Chair, Democrats Abroad, Russia
"Analysis of the Iraqi War"

May 16, 2003:
Lynn Berry, Editor, The Moscow Times
A Conversation with Lynn Berry

May 23, 2003:
James Warlick,
Consul-General, US Embassy Moscow
"The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll"

May 28, 2003:
Heather McGill,
Amnesty International
Development Officer,
International Secretariat, London
"Globalizing Justice: Amnesty International in the World"


November 26, 2003
Ambassador of South Africa His Excellency Dr Mochubela Jacob Seekoe
"On the Eve of Ten Years of Democracy in South Africa",

December 10, 2003
Michele Berdy, Moscow Times columnist and professional translator
"The Bilingual Mind: Culture, Language and Personality in Russian and English"

February 13, 2004
Professor Greg Garvey,
Associate Professor at SUNY
State University of New York) and Co-Director of the Center of Russia and the
US at Moscow State University

February 27, 2004
"Ralph Waldo Emerson and American Liberalism"
Ed Salazar US Cultural Attache to Moscow
will lead a discussion titled: "What Do Americans Mean When They Talk About Values?"

APRIL 2, 2004
by Dennis Whelan
Visiting Scholar (Russian Studies) Dartmouth College, and Senior Partner and Director of the Center for Russian Law
"In the Maw of the Mouse:
Disney, RIAA, and the Ever-expanding World of Copyright"

APRIL 23, 2004
by John Helmer
The longest-serving Western correspondent in Moscow
"Dancing With Bears:
Why You Can't Understand Russian Politics By Reading"
Friday May 21, 2004

The last meeting of ELE for this season will be a DISCUSSION held on at 19:00 titled:
"The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Beautiful: What Is Lost and
What Is Gained in Post-Soviet Russia"
moderated by Stephen Lapeyrouse, host of ELE.

Seventh Season:
OCTOBER  22,  2004:
Dan O'Grady
Deputy Cultural Attache
US Embassy Moscow
Title: The US Elections:  What the Polls Don't Tell You

NOVEMBER  12,  2004
Martha Steffens
Visiting Professor, Moscow State University
Chair of Business and Financial Journalism
University of Missouri
Title: Bad News from Russia: Why Fearful Journalists Can't Report the News

November 26, 2004:
Masha Lipman
Pro and Contra Editor; monthly op-ed columnist for the Washington Post; often and regularly interviewed by major Western news media on Russia; contributor to many publications, e.g. New Yorker, Moscow Times.
Russia Groping for Self Identity: 1917, 1990, 1612

December 17, 2004
Bruce Jones
First Secretary, Australian Embassy Moscow
Australia: Myth and Reality


January 21, 2005:
John Brown
Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
Georgetown University
Washington DC
Re-Inventing Oneself in America -- Revisited

February  11,  2005: 
Mary Shea
American Councils, Future Leaders Exchange
(FLEX)-EURASIA Alumni Coordinator
An Evening with Some of New England's Legends:
Introducing Mark Twain, Henry Thoreau, Sojourner Truth, John F. Kennedy and a Few of Their Friends

February  25,  2005:
Kirsten Lodge
Fulbright-Hays Fellow to Russia
Columbia University Doctoral Candidate
Decadence in Russian Poetry

March 18, 2005 (Day after St. Patrick's Day)
John Walsh
Irish Lecturer
An Irish Journey: A Brief History of Ireland

April 1, 2005
David Wansbrough
Australian Poet, Author, Lecturer
Know the Dark Side: What is the Shadow of the Soul
(Note: this may be David's last visit to Russia.)

April 22, 2005
His Excellency Justin Harman
Irish Ambassador to Russia
Ireland: A Transformation
Entrance after 18:30; lecture begins at 19:00.
Grokholski Pereulok 5, Moscow
Nearest Metro: Prospekt Mira

May 13, 2005
Myler Wilkinson
Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where he teaches on Russian culture;

27 May, 2005
Francesca Carlin
Melanie Getreuer
Fulbright Fellows in Russia
The New Feminist: Men in Skirts and Dumb Blondes?
An Overview of Women in Politics and the Arts

Eighth Season

October 21, 2005
John Harrison, Editor Passport Magazine
"The '60s -- My View from the Inside"

November 11, 2005
Andrew Kuchins,
Director Carnegie Moscow Center
"Russia, China, and the USA: New Angles to the Triangle?"

November 25, 2005
Raymond Stultz
Classical Music, Ballet and Opera Critic for
The Moscow Times
"The Bolshoi Theater: Ups and Downs Over 230 Seasons"

December 23, 2005
ELE will meet  for an open conversation on the topic:
"Christmas and New Year:
What Do They Mean to You, Our Nations and Our Cultures?"
This will be an evening moderated by ELE host Stephen Lapeyrouse, where everyone will be able to come to the stage and express their personal views on this evening's topic.

February 10, 2006
Tobias Bradford
Second Secretary, Public Affairs US Embassy Moscow
"Civil Society:  the Roots of a Dynamic Community "

February 21, 2006

Erin Bouma
Editor Newspaper English, English Language Teacher
"LESSONS LEARNED: What 15 years in Russia have taught an American"

March 24, 2006
Dr. Bob Beatty
Assistant Professor of Political Science,
Washburn University
"US Politics and the Dynamics of the Iraq Conflict"

April 14, 2006

Piers Gladstone
Free-lance Travel Writer
"Inner States - The Story of a Journey to Discover What the American Flag Means to Americans"

April 21, 2006
Erin Bouma
Editor Newspaper English, Lecturer, English Language Teacher
"Discover America through its Literature – Historical and Regional Aspects of America Captured in Novels, Short Stories, Plays and Poetry"

May 12, 2006
Tobias Bradford,
Second Secretary, Public Affairs US Embassy Moscow
"The Roots of Terrorism"

May 26, 2006

John Bonar
Photo Journalist
"Across Russia in a Mad Winter Car Race"
An account of the 2006 Murmansk-Vladivostok Expedition Trophy car race, from February 23rd to Vladivostok on March 8th.

Ninth Season
October 13, 2006
Irish Writers on Continental Europe during the
Second World War -- Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Francis Stuart
Dr Niall Keogh
Visiting Lecturer in Department of History at MSU

October 20, 2006
Money:  Comparing American and Russian Attitudes
Nadja Krylov
American Management Consultant and Seminar Leader

November 10, 2006
World War II Was Only Yesterday: The View from Berlin in the 1980's
Jeff Sexton
US Embassy, Deputy Cultural Officer

November 17, 2006
"Russia-NATO Relations: Moving Beyond Cultural Differences"
Lionel Ponsard
Deputy Director NATO Information Office Moscow

December 15, 2006
"An Octogenarian Journalist Looks Back at Changes in the World --
Growing Up in Different Eras and Witnessing a Global Paradigm Shift"
Charles Wiley
Veteran News Correspondent who has lectured in 100 countries, and had worldwide experiences since World War II.

October 13, 2006
Irish Writers on Continental Europe during the
Second World War -- Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Francis Stuart
Dr Niall Keogh
Visiting Lecturer in Department of History at MSU

October 20, 2006
Money:  Comparing American and Russian Attitudes
Nadja Krylov
American Management Consultant and Seminar Leader

November 10, 2006
World War II Was Only Yesterday: The View from Berlin in the 1980's
Jeff Sexton
US Embassy, Deputy Cultural Officer

November 17, 2006
Russia-NATO Relations: Moving Beyond Cultural Differences
Lionel Ponsard
Deputy Director NATO Information Office Moscow

December 15, 2006
An Octogenarian Journalist Looks Back at Changes in the World --
Growing Up in Different Eras and Witnessing a Global Paradigm Shift
Charles Wiley
Veteran News Correspondent who has lectured in 100 countries, and had worldwide experiences since World War II.

February 2, 2007
Communist Collapse, Currency Crash, and Petroleum Power: Impressions of a Foreign Correspondent in Moscow
James Rodgers
BBC Correspondent

February 9, 2007
Biography Evening: A Talk with Michele Berdy
Michele Berdy
Moscow Times' Columnist

March 2, 2007
Playing Don Giovanni
(The lecture will include some singing accompanied by piano!)
Boris Martinovich
Internationally-know bass-baritone

March 13, 2007
The Unknown Russia
Bill Gasperini
American CBS News Correspondent

April 6, 2007
Seeing Scotland: Historical Places and Themes
Ian Mitchell
Author of two books on Scotland and writer.

May 4, 2007
The Roots of US Foreign Policy
Bob Beatty
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Washburn University

May 11, 2007
How the US Stock Market Works
James Beatty
Financial Advisor and Business Owner
Senior Vice President, Investments - Beatty-Barber Group
Citigroup-Smith Barney

TUESDAY May 15, 2007
W. B. Yeats -- Poet for the Future
David Wansbrough
Australian Poet, Writer, Lecturer
One of the most popular ELE speakers -- now rarely in Moscow. Come early if you want a seat!

TUESDAY May 22, 2007
Ireland -- Present and Past
Mr Aidan Kirwan
Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland to the Russian Federation

Charity Donation:
On the last meeting of this season, ELE will, as usual, donate the speakers' honoraria to a charity in Moscow. This time it will be donated to Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Moscow on behalf of the following speakers during the past two years: Bob Beatty, James Beatty, Michele Berdy, Tobias Bradford, Bill Gasperini, John Harrison, Niall Keogh, Nadja Krylov, Masha Lippmann, Boris Martinovich, Lionel Ponsard, James Rodgers, Jeff Sexton, Raymond Stultz, Charles Wiley.

May 25, 2007
The Mysterious Wisdom of English Nursery Rhymes
David Wansbrough
Australian Poet, Writer, Lecturer
One of the most popular ELE speakers -- now rarely in Moscow. Come early if you want a seat!

The Loveliest Words in English -- Why Read Poetry?
David Wansbrogh

Seventh Season

Cranky Yankees at Home and Abroad: Acting the Lives of J. Q. Adams, Daniel Webster, Calvin Coolidge, and Edward Everett
James Cooke
Actor, Historian, from Quincy, Massachusetts

November 2, 2007
The Role of Political Parties in the USA
Nicolas Katsakis
Political Section, US Embassy

November 16, 2007
Something temporarily gained, but something permanently lost: What happens when old cities like Moscow disappear?
Guy Archer
Editor, AmCham News

November 30, 2007
Women of the World
Monica Howkins
Vice President, International Women's Club, Moscow

December 14, 2007
The Scottish Enlightenment and the Rule of Law:
Reflections Then and Now, in Scotland and Russia
Ian Mitchell
Author and writer from Scotland

This will be the last talk of 2007.

February 1, 2008
America’s Struggle to Understand Itself:
Rap, Blogging, Youthspeak and Spanglish
David Fay
English Language Officer, U.S. Embassy Moscow

February 15, 2008
Life in New Zealand
Rowena Hume
Deputy Head of Mission, New Zealand Embassy

March 7, 2008
Peter Kropotkin - Revolutionary Idea(l)s that Apply Today
Ross Hunter
Headmaster, English International School (Moscow)

March 14, 2008
The Body Phantastique:
Anatomy and Physiology
from the Point of View of Soul and Spirit
By Robert Stewart
Director of the Institute for
Advanced Homeopathic Studies,
Trained Waldorf Art History Teacher

April 11, 2008
Who is Barak Obama?
By Michael Cordy
Private Consultant

April 25, 2008
Why do people hate poetry?
David Wansbrough
Australian poet, author, lecturer

May 16, 2008
A Cabaret!: Moscow is mad! -- Reflections on Beautiful, Terrible, Wonderful, Mad Moscow
Rather than a simple lecture, David Wansbrough describes his May 16 evening "Moscow is mad!" as a "cabaret performance, with singers, storytelling, illusions and delusions...about life in Moscow"
David Wansbrough
Australian poet, author, lecturer

May 30, 2008
Highlights and Insights to 18 Years in Russia -- Thoughts at Departing
Erin Bouma
Freelance teacher, Teacher Trainer, Coursebook author, Leader of American Literature Discussion Club in Moscow

The Cabaret of Professor Woland!
David Wansbrough, poet and author

October 17, 2008
"Chads, Soccer Moms and Swing States:
A Glimpse of US Culture through 'Electionspeak'"
David Fay, English Language Officer, U.S. Embassy Moscow

October 31, 2008
"Green Development -- An Introduction"
John Harrison, British journalist with a specialisation in real estate. Editor Passport Magazine

November 14, 2008
"50 Years as a Translator"
George Watts, Translator, Announcer

November 21, 2008
"Who Was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi?"
By Charles Borden, Investment Banker, Author

TUESDAY December 9, 2008
"The History of the Irish Language"
Peter O'Conner, Consul, Embassy of Ireland

January 23, 2009
"'Big-4' Firms and the Development of Real Estate Markets in Russia - A Guess to Where It Is Leading."
Gerald Gaige, Partner, Ernst & Young

February 6, 2009
"The Life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn"
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn 
Managing Partner Moscow Office, McKinsey &Company

TUESDAY February 24, 2009
"The English Press in Russia"
Maxine Maters, Former Publisher Moscow Times, 20 year resident in Russia

March 6, 2009
"Being an American Serviceman"
Andrew Hardisty, Former non-comissioned officer, US Navy

March 27, 2009
"The International Space Station:
Russian-American Cooperation Leading a World-wide Partnership in Space"
Mark A. Bowman, M.S., Manager, Moscow Technical Liaison Office (MTLO)
Deputy Director, NASA's Human Space Flight Program-Russia (HSFP-R)

TUESDAY April 7, 2009
"The Evolution of Consciousness as 'Pictured' in the History of Art"
Slide Show and Presentation by
Robert Stewart, Waldorf Teacher, Lecturer

TUESDAY April 21, 2009

"Space Shuttle Flight-118: A Mission to Build the International Space Station"
Slide Show and Presentation
Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. (Colonel, USAF), NASA Astronaut (12 days in space in 2007)
Director of NASA Operations at ЦПК (Gagarin Center for Cosmonaut Preparation)

May 15, 2009
"Scotland, Scotch and Scots Humour"
Ian Mitchell,
Scottish Author

May 29, 2009
"Paul Robeson: the Artist as Political Casualty"
Helen Campbell, Author and Lecturer

September 18, 2009
Animal Welfare Developments in Britain and Russia
from the 19th Century to the Present Day."
James Hogan
Vice Chairman
Mayhew Animal Home & Humane Education Centre, London

September 25, 2009
"How do we see?"  A lecture on how we selectively see. How our belief structures and education determine our personal worlds.
David Wansbrough
Author, Lecturer, Poet

October 9, 2009
"Finding Identity in Multi-Cultural Australia"
David Wansbrough
Author, Lecturer, Poet
This will be his last ELE before returning to Australia

October 23, 2009
"What is Protestantism?"
Pastor Bob Bronkema
Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy

November 13, 2009
"The Importance of Being Wrong:
Reflections on Public Politics in America and Russia"
Sam Greene
Deputy Director Carnegie Moscow Center

November 27, 2009
"What Is Right (and Wrong) with Russian Men?"
Diedre Dare, "sExpat" Columnist, Moscow News

December 11, 2009
"Art & Literature in London & Moscow – International Cultural Relations & the Work of the British Council in Russia"
Rosemary Hilhorst, Director British Council Russia

December 18, 2009

"Twas the Week Before Christmas... -- An Evening on the History, the Heart and Soul, and the Celebration of Christmas in America"
Stephen Lapeyrouse, Founder of ELE, Author, Editor

January 22, 2010
"Covering Russia: Reflections on Reporting Russia" (Rather than a lecture, this will be a conversation on the topic, with...)
Fred Weir
Moscow Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor

February 12, 2010
"How Science Fiction Reflects American Culture"
Lisa Gregory
Deputy Cultural Attache US Embassy Moscow

February 26, 2010
"The World's Columbian Exposition and the City Beautiful Movement."
Russell Lewis
Chicago History Museum's Executive Vice President and Chief Historian

March 19, 2010
"Charlie Parker: Jazz Genius, Jazz Tragedy"
Helen Campbell
Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany.

March 26, 2010
"Do Artists and Scientists Ever Collaborate?"
Lloyd Anderson
Deputy Director, British Council Moscow

April 9, 2010
"Should Stalin Be Celebrated on Victory Day?"
Tim Wall
Editor-in-Chief Moscow News

MONDAY April 26, 2010
"Going to the Polls: The British General Election"
Dr. Laurie Bristow
Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to British Embassy Moscow

May 14, 2010
"Painful US Democracy in the Age of Obama"
Linnea Goodwin Burwood
Fulbright Scholar, Moscow 2009-2010

2010/2011 (13th!) season:

September 24, 2010

"David's New Zealand Childhood"
David Wansbrough
Poet, author, lecturer, painter, performer, preacher, teacher...Very popular ELE speaker David Wansbrough will tell stories about his life in New Zealand. If you have neven heard David speak, it is an evening experience you wont forget!

October 1, 2010
"Experiences with Couchsurfers and American Literature in Moscow"
Erin Bouma
Author, Lecturer, EL teacher, Assistant Editor English; host of American Literature club at the American Center in the Library of Foreign Literature This lecture will be 100 rubles, as it is also a fund-raiser for Erin with her visa ordeals!

October 15, 2010
"Great Individuals in History"
David Wansbrough
In sum: a kind of bard.If you have not attended a talk with David, it is an evening you should regret if you never experience one! Come early to get a good seat!This lecture will be 100r, as it is to help defray David's travel expenses.

October 22, 2010
"The Russian Word's Worth: Charting Change through Language"
Michele Berdy
Famous Moscow Times Columnist! Michele is publishing a book, and copies will be for sale that evening. (You can learn about it by clicking here.)

November 12, 2010
"Conservation of Khamchatka's Natural Heritage"
Laura Williams
Author The Storks Nest: Life and Love in the Russian Countryside, Senior Advisor for Wild Salmon Center and World Wildlife Fund Russia. For more information, see the website of Laura's husband Igor Shpilenok.

November 26, 2010
"The Nature of Evil: A Challenge to Human Consciousness"
Robert Stewart
Lecturer, Waldorf School History Teacher To locate copy to print of lecture handout, click here.

December 10, 2010
"Extreme English! -- Writing a Language Column for Muscovites for Fun and (Very Little) Profit"
Mark H. Teeter
Visiting and Adjunct Professor, Moscow News columnist


January 14, 2011
"Challenges of Cross-Cultural Diversity in Diplomacy"
Australian Ambassador Margaret Twomey

February 11, 2011
"The Contemporary American Short Story"
Jeff Parker
Author, Fulbright Scholar, Teacher Creative Writing RGGU

February 25, 2011
"American Theatre State of the Art"
Thomas Santos
English Language Officer, U.S. Embassy in Moscow

March 11, 2011
"Pop English: Learning to Speak via Horror Stories and Daytime TV "
Natalia Antonova, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Moscow News
Fluent in English and Russian, with a degree in English Literature with distinction at Duke University in North Carolina, playwright and currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Moscow News

April 1, 2011
"The Psychology of Jokes"
David Wansbrough
Poet, author, lecturer, painter, performer, preacher, teacher... Very popular ELE speaker. If you have neven heard David speak, it is an evening experience you wont forget!

April 15, 2011
"The Religious Experience"
David Wansbrough

May 13, 2011
"Hitler: Stalin's Protege, Protagonist and Propaganda Tool"
Ian Mitchell
Author, Presenter of Russian Book World for Voice of Russia, Books Editor Passport Magazine

TUESDAY June 7, 2011
Tea Party Nation: The State of American Politics in 2011
David Firestein
Vice President of the East-West Institute (a New York City-Based Foreign Policy Think Tank)
David spoke 5 times to ELE in 2000-2002, and was a very popular speaker.
Visiting Moscow, ELE is happy to be able to host this talk!

September 23, 2011

"From Pushkin to Yeats and Heaney: The Poet and National Identity"
Ambassador of Ireland Philip McDonagh

MONDAY October 3, 2011

“Culture as Diplomacy: The Role of Music, Art and Literature in International Relations Today”
Assistant Professor Maureen O'Neill

October 7, 2011

“What Do Women Really Want?”
David Wansbrough
Come for an evening you wont forget!

October 21, 2011

“Little David in a Big World”
An evening with David Wansbrough

October 28, 2011

“Inconspicuous Partners: Bullying, Suicide and School Violence.”
Butch Losey
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from US state of Ohio

November 18, 2011

Russians vs Democracy?:
An Open Floor Discussion on the Question 'Are Russians Incapable of Democracy?'
Moderated by ELE Host Stephen Lapeyrouse

December 9, 2011

"Malchik Meets Girl: Tales from a Russian-American Marriage"
Toni Hull
English Language Fellow, Moscow (US Office of English Language Programs)

December 23, 2011

American Erin Bouma will speak on Christmas Time Experiences, followed by A CHRISTMAS PARTY!

For more information, click: CHRISTMAS Party!

Click here to see the photo report on 2012 Christmas Party


January 13, 2012

“Comrade Cowboy -- Building a Russian Beef Industry”
Darrell Stevenson
A Montana Breeding Ranch Owner -- who is transplanting a ranch, complete with horses and cowboys, to the Voronezh region in southern Russia

January 20, 2012

"The Facebook Revolution: How Social Media Is Changing Russia"
Tim Wall
Editor-in-Chief, The Moscow News

February 10, 2012

"'Houston, we have a problem!' -- International Relations in Space Travel"
Steve Quenneville
NASA International Liaison Specialist -- Houston-Korolyov

February 24, 2012

"Arab Spring to Russian Spring? -- An American Journalist in Moscow"
Jim Brooke
Moscow Bureau Chief, Voice of America

March 2, 2012

"Experiences of Young Diplomats Representing a Democratic South Africa"

Fulu Themeli, Second Secretary Political and Thembani Maluleke, Third Secretary Political, South African Embassy, Moscow
New in Moscow, seeing snow for their first time, two young diplomats will speak about growing up in rural areas of South Africa, being accepted into the cadet programme of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation and now discovering themselves in a world remote from anything they have ever imagined before.

March 16, 2012


Irish music, discussion on Irish culture, buffet and games.

Welcome to the Party! The fun starts at 19:00, consists of games, dance, songs and continues till around 21:30.

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March 23, 2012

"From Beverly Hills to Moscow: How in the World I Got Here and Why I Brought Over 80 Hollywood Stars!"
Bob Van Ronkel
American Producer and the President of Doors to Hollywood, a company that in the last 10 years has brought over 80 world famous Hollywood stars and bands to Russia and other countries for many different festivals, parties, special events and concerts.

April 13, 2012

"Psychological Rites of Passage Mark Our Progress Towards Individuality"
David Wansbrough
Bard, Australian

April 27, 2012

Lecture by Ian Mitchell

May 4, 2012

"Woman Wanted: Must Fit All the Stereotypes"
A Conversation with Helen Womack
Author, Journalist (The Times of London, The Sydney Morning Herald, et al)

May 18, 2012

"America's Chocolate Wars!"
Kore Gleason
Director -- American Center Moscow

Chocolate has long hypnotized children and adults alike, believed for thousands of years to contain spiritual, medicinal and romantic powers. Myths from many cultures describe cacao as the food of the gods, and it's hard not to feel a slice of divinity when that piece of chocolate melts in your mouth! The business of chocolate in the U.S. is anything but sweet. The stories and personalities of the founders of America's greatest chocolate empires - Milton Hershey and Forrest Mars - plunge us into tales of creativity, espionage, personality clashes and high secretive techniques that have left companies in lawsuits and political wrangling. Come learn more about the mystery and intrigue of the world of America's sweets; you won't look at an American candy the same again!

May 25, 2012

"Seeing Ourselves in the Other - Lessons from the Rwanda Genocide"
Carl Wilkens
Director of World Outside My Shoes Foundation

A humanitarian aid worker. Carl Wilkens moved to Rwanda with his family in 1990. When the genocide began in April 1994, Wilkens refused to leave. He was the only American to remain in the country, though thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of their troops. Come and hear his story of these events.

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