In addition to sharing academic interests and being involved in research and academic activities, the HSE team enjoys a vibrant community life. Different clubs, cultural events, outdoor activities and other projects enrich the extra-curricular time of our faculty, students, staff and guests.
HSE’s community events are usually open to all those involved with the University and often to the general public as well, though some may require prior registration. There are a number of activities, such as festivals, concerts, sports and trips, which can be enjoyed regardless of your proficiency in Russian. Some projects and clubs require a better understanding of the language, and can provide a good platform for socializing and networking, exchanging information with colleagues and improving your Russian skills. Naturally, some community events at HSE require fluent knowledge of Russian in order to participate fully. This guide provides an overview of community activities at HSE according to one’s Russian language proficiency needed for participation and the type of activities.
Such events are regularly announced on HSE’s website, by mailout, or on our bulletin boards.
HSE Traditions and Annual Celebrations
HSE has its own traditions and annual events, which allow everyone to enjoy the University’s atmosphere and spirit, despite the fact they are held predominantly in Russian.
HSE community events:
No language proficiency is required
A number of sport clubs for faculty and students operate at HSE. Check the list on the relevant page of our site.
The HSE Professors’ Club has been running various cultural events for many years already. The most popular events are musical evenings called Professors’ Wednesdays. These events have been held at HSE since 2003 and have featured musicians of various genres - from ballad singers to world-renowned jazz musicians. Musical evenings take place at HSE Professors’ Club not only on Wednesdays, as musicians’ schedules do not always allow them to choose the weekday. Since music is a universal language itself, everyone can easily attend and enjoy these events.
A university is not only an educational and academic platform. It is also a source of new and insightful ideas, as well as projects that define the city’s social and cultural space. With this in mind, HSE holds an array of events at its premises that are open to anyone. Some of them, such as research seminars and workshops held by ICEF (International College of Economics and Finance), are in great demand and often enjoy a large attendance. Others, like lectures and additional optional courses offered by IGITI – Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities – on various subjects ranging from history to cinema, music and fashion, have already become a popular and beloved part of HSE’s community life.
HSE also strives to create new platforms for communication, discussion and exchange of knowledge in the city.
Through its new project ‘University Open to the City’, HSE offers a large number of open lectures, while also promoting a new style of educational activity. These talks give participants an opportunity to listen to lectures by HSE scholars on the most interesting topics, while the University’s speakers get a chance to share their ideas with a wider audience and get their feedback.
For further information about the ‘University Open to the City’ project, please visit this page (in Russian). Since 2014, HSE guests have also been invited to “HSE Open Talks” – English-language lectures and discussions with the University’s international faculty are held as part of HSE Day – a traditional September event organized by the University in Moscow’s Gorky Park.
Although the current working language of HSE’s cultural projects is Russian, the majority of participants have a good command of English and are able to share their impressions and opinions, as well as discussion with international faculty and students. HSE’s cultural clubs provide a perfect place for socializing with local colleagues and students. They also give a unique opportunity for improving your Russian through discussions, small talk, watching movies, visiting museums and travelling.
The majority of cultural projects are implemented by students with their mentors’ support. These projects bring together talented people who are eager to study and develop the cultural life of both HSE and the city. The goal of each project is to exchange knowledge and practical experience without any borders between students, lecturers and guests.
Cinema Club 'Blue Key'
'Blue Key' is different from usual cinema clubs thanks to its unusual layout and concept. The most important thing about its screenings is not the movie itself, but the person choosing it. The guest presenting a film should offer a key for interpreting and understanding what’s on screen. The choice of movie, the key for its explanation and the approach to discussing it can tell you a lot about the person.
Anyone who has something interesting to tell the public, loves cinema and is eager to analyze it and ready to share their insights with an audience is welcome to join ‘Blue Key’.
For further information, please visit this page (in Russian).
'Who killed Laura Palmer'
'Who Killed Laura Palmer' is a discussion club where students and professors discuss the world’s most significant and popular TV series.
TV series have recently become a serious part of mass culture and an art form that has as much influence on young people as literature or cinema. However, the subject of discussion here is not the TV series as an art form, nor its storylines, direction, etc. Instead, the club’s members focus on the political and social contexts of modernity, as reflected in TV series.
For further information, please visit this page (in Russian).
This project reveals the inner life of Moscow’s museums and brings together all those interested in ‘Museology’.
Students and faculty visit Moscow’s most fascinating museums and galleries, meet curators, and learn the secrets of hosting exhibitions. Participants visit not only the most significant expositions, but learn about some more unusual and lesser-known museums and exhibitions.
These visits are then usually discussed at roundtable meetings and reviewed and discussed in essays, outlines and interviews. This project connects students and faculty, as well as highlights the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of Cultural Studies.
For further information on HSE cultural clubs, please visit this page (in Russian).
There are a number of meetings and events, which are conducted exclusively in Russian, but should not go unmentioned because of their role and meaning for HSE. These meetings are open to everyone and help the University’s faculty and students to exchange views and interact with other important figures and institutions in Russia’s social, political and cultural life.
More Important than Politics
HSE’s Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin has always been an initiator of large practical, cultural and scientific events at the University. In 2007, Yasin, in cooperation with the Liberal Mission Foundation, launched a project to hold roundtable conferences. Each month, famous writers, social commentators, film directors, academics and public figures debate various topics related to culture, traditions, history and human values with HSE students and guests. Don’t miss announcements about this project’s upcoming meetings through its mailing list and on HSE’s website.
Fans of Documentary
Another ongoing project under the supervision of Evgeny Yasin is the Documentary Fans Club. The club is an educational project, which aims to acquaint audiences with the different aspects of contemporary Russian and European society through cinema. The project shows the best documentaries, often winners of prestigious film festivals. Furthermore, participants get to discuss the best quality examples of domestic and foreign cinema.
Don’t miss information about forthcoming meetings through its mailing list and on HSE’s website.
Christmas Film Seminar
Each year, on ‘Western Christmas Eve’ (December 24), the Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology arranges a film screening to sum up the year, view its outcomes from various angles, and debate how to make the upcoming year better. These seminars are headed by HSE First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev, political analyst Sergei Medvedev, and culture expert Vitaly Kurennoy.
The hosts choose a current film, which characterizes the state of affairs in Russian society, and then initiate a lively discussion on the topics raised by the film. The Christmas Film Seminar is one of the most anticipated annual events at HSE.
The University’s staff can find out about these events on HSE’s website in the All Events section.
A number of sport clubs for faculty and students are currently in operation at HSE:
- The HSE Chess Club welcomes professionals, amateurs, beginners and everyone else who is in love with this ancient game. Members of the club can participate in tournaments (blitz, classic, etc.), workshops with well-known players, simultaneous chess displays, and take classes for beginners. For further details, please contact Aikaz Avetuntsi at email@example.com or call +7 (916) 109 43 40.
- Everyone over 17 years of age is welcome to join the MIEM Club for Athletic Tourism. This club organizes camping trips, which include hiking, climbing, rafting, skiing, competitions, hiking weekends, and classes in athletic tourism. Please contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The HSE Yacht Club offers training for yachtsman-racer qualifications, as well as retraining and advanced training courses. All certificates are international and offer the opportunity to travel by water on your own throughout the world! Please send your enquiries to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At the Sengenkan Aikido Club, you can learn the basic movements and techniques used in Aikido, a Japanese martial art developed and used mainly for self-defense, where the body’s own balance and flexibility are much more important than physical strength. Sengenkan Aikido does not involve meditation classes, and does not focus on the philosophical and religious aspects of Budo. The club’s language is English, as the trainer, Kevin Cancellaro, is an English teacher in a joint Bachelor’s programme at HSE and NES. Please contact Kevin at email@example.com, or Artyom Tumanyants Dorofeev at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.