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Scotland Russia Forum Programme

8th March 2006

Dear All
Received from the Scotland Russia Forum.

Best wishes
Ute

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> >Subject: SRF programme March-May;Edinburgh conversation group;Moscow school seeks Scots partner

SRF PROGRAMME MARCH-MAY
We now have details of our May meeting (see below) and take this opportunity to remind you about the March and April meetings. After May we will not be meeting again until September – but as ever will keep you informed about other events.

Thursday 16 March

Lesley Chamberlain – "Lenin and the Exile of the Philosophers"
A joint Scotland-Russia Forum / French Institute event

Lesley Chamberlain is a novelist and non-fiction writer with special interests in Russia and Germany. Many Forum members will remember hearing her talk about her history of Russian philosophy Motherland: a philosophical history of Russia at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival. She has followed this with a new book entitled The Philosophy Steamer Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia (Atlantic Books February 2006): the subject of her talk this month.

In autumn 1922 around seventy Russian professors, writers, journalists and other members of the intelligentsia were forcibly expelled from their homeland. Several of them, including Berdyaev, settled in Paris, where they helped to raise the intellectual and artistic profile of the Russian emigration before the war. Lesley Chamberlain will tell their story, including what happened to the Russians who became Soviet sympathisers and the handful who joined the Resistance.

6-8pm Institut Français d'Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Copies of the book will be on sale. Please let us know if you would like to join the speaker for a meal afterwards – details Jenny Carr 0131 662 9149.

Thursday 27 April

Averil King – "The Russian Landscape Painter Isaak Levitan"

Isaak Levitan (1860-1900) is famous in his homeland for his lyrical representations of the Russian countryside. Sometimes credited with introducing Impressionism into Russia, he was a great friend of Anton Chekhov. Sadly, for neither was long-lived, he and Chekhov once quarreled bitterly, the writer satirising him mercilessly in his story The Grasshopper. Averil King's talk will be illustrated with slides of Levitan's paintings and copies of her book, Isaak Levitan – Lyrical landscape (Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004), will be available for purchase

7pm, English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl Crescent (Basement), Edinburgh.

Monday 8 May
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>Clem Cecil – "Moscow Under Threat"
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>A joint Scotland-Russia Forum / Edinburgh University School of Architecture event
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>In May 2004, former Times correspondent Clem Cecil co-founded MAPS (the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society: http://www.maps-moscow.com) to counterbalance the mass demolitions in Moscow that have transformed the city since the fall of Communism. She devotes her time to campaigning and bringing western conservation values to Russia at a critical time for the country's heritage. Moscow's current building boom is threatening its fascinating and wonderful architectural heritage – over 1,000 buildings have been demolished over the last 5 years alone, some 300 of them listed. MAPS is presently campaigning for the house of the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. Clem will come to us hotfoot from the April "Heritage at Risk" conference in Moscow. She will illustrate her talk with slides.

7pm, School of Architecture, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ.

All welcome. No charge for members of the School of Architecture, £2 SRF members and students, £4 others (inc glass of wine after the talk). Further information: 0131 667 2432

EDINBURGH RUSSIAN CONVERSATION GROUP

Will meet as usual this Saturday, 11 March, at Le Marche Francais, 9A Maitland St (near Haymarket Station). The topic for discussion will be Education. All welcome.
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>For more information contact Irina on [removed] or [removed].
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>MOSCOW SCHOOL LOOKING FOR SCOTTISH PARTNER
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>See below. Please contact KIRSTY McKENNA at Scottish Exec in first instance: 0131 244 4930 or [removed]
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>Dear Sir/Madam,
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>We are teachers and students from "A World of Knowledge" school from Moscow, Russia. Our school is specialized in studying foreign languages and English is the dominant foreign language taught at our school.
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>We are writing to let you know that we are particularly keen on current life and culture of Scotland. Furthermore, we are looking for a Scottish school which may be interested in direct contacts with a Russian school. Such contacts may involve sending our students to a Scottish school to practice their English and acquire new language skills. Scottish students in turn will have a good chance to come to Moscow and get lessons in Russian as well as get acquainted with Russian culture and history. It may also be rather helpful for our teachers as it will provide them with new experience.
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>The collaboration may be also beneficial for both sides. In case of direct school – to – school contacts the expenses of a Scottish counterpart will be reduced to the price of tickets and pocket money for students. We are ready to arrange accommodation and catering free of charge and would like to get the same conditions for our students in return. It is definitely worth mentioning that our school is a private one and it is quite modern and well equipped. The school is situated in a splendid and peaceful countryside in half an hour drive from Moscow.
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>We would be grateful to you if you could assist us in finding a school in Scotland that may be interested in this offer or probably inform us where to send our further inquiries. Besides, we are ready to come to Scotland at our expenses this spring to have some personal contacts.
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>Looking forward to your answer,
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>Yours faithfully,
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>On behalf of «A World of knowledge»
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>Vorobjova Larisa
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>(Headmaster)
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>Migutina Elena
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>(English Teacher)
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>Please contact us: [removed], copy : [removed]
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