Nerea Madariaga | University of the Basque Country
For me, the NYI program in Petersburg was the bestsummer program, because my speciality is Russiansyntax and only with the NYI program could I have excellent teachers of formal linguistics from the USA (where I cannot afford to go to study) and Russianlanguage all together. I think it is a unique chance for all European people that are working on linguistics or cultural studies.
Mark Sowul | Stony Brook University
NYI had an indescribable impact on my life. At NYI I made close friends, learned new things, found new hobbies, and in St. Petersburg found a second home. If you are looking for something new in your life, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find a participant who wasn’t changed for the better.
Tanya V. Shilina, | Higher School of Economics, Moscow; (now SUNY Buffalo, USA)
I have to confess that I was most excited about the opportunities that the NYI could bring to young Russian scholars like myself. Both jr faculty members and graduate students get a valuable hands-on teaching experience attending lectures of eminent professors and learning techniques of working or co-teaching in an international classroom. It is indeed a unique opportunity to further one's own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, to associate with distinguished faculty, and to contribute to this innovative humanities project.
Nick Callaway | Reed College (Portland, OR, USA)
NYI was a great program, especially because of all the types of learning it involved. There was learning about language, about society, about Russia, and about my own culture from a new perspective. The professors and the environment are excellent catalysts for all kinds of learning. A very well constructed program that deserves a long life.
Julia Vashtalova | Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk, Russia
The experience I had this summer during the New York summer school session is invaluable in the truest sense of the word. I come from Tomsk, Siberia, and for me it was not just getting new knowledge and friends but also a gateway to my further career. Owing to participation in the project, I found an opportunity to continue my studies and research. And now I am part of the NYI administration! The perspectives on different cultures was the most valuable part.
Dasha Savchenko, Junior Faculty | Pskov State Pedagogical University, Pskov, Russia
My name is Dasha Savchenko and I am a graduate student at Pskov St Pedagogical University. As in my home university there are no professors in my sphere, I was lucky to become a participant of New York Institute for Cognitive and Cultural Studies in St. Petersburg. This experience was really illuminating and provided me with the powerful boost to keep on working in cultural studies. The whole experience became even more fulfilling when I was telling my colleagues back in Pskov about the seminars and some of them came up with an idea to take part next year. But the most precious part of my experience is the printed handouts and course materials provided for free by the NYI during the seminar. It has all the up-to-date information that our universities don’t have an opportunity to buy. So now the material that I have brought is kept in our department room, and everyone is really enthusiastic about new information coming.
Geoff Grecynski | Stony Brook University (New York, USA) Department of Linguistics
In July 2005, I attended the New York-St. Petersburg Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies at St. Petersburg State University. Its directors have created a robust, fascinating program. I studied with students from my age to my father's, from many different countries and disciplines, and learned much from interacting with them. The curricula varied as much as the student body: I chose from a wide array of seminars, covering linguistics, psychology, philosophy, literature, film, gender studies, and the media, taught by instructors from numerous overseas and local universities. My professors communicated clearly and always facilitated discussion.
Liliya Khasanova | University of Kazan’ (Russia)
I am glad that I participated in the program because it broadened my mind and changed my outlook. I got information about what I had been thinking before but which I couldn't come across at my university as almost nobody is doing research into evolution of mind or psycholinguistics there. What I learnt at NYI conforms to what I think serious science should be. I liked the busy schedule, the interesting courses, numerous hand-outs with information which is impossible to find in our libraries in Kazan, professors that put their whole soul into their work. Everything was great! And the most important thing is that I want to go on studying, this time in America. And this is owing to NYI !
Francesca Foppolo, | University of Milan (Italy) Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
I chose this particular program for the courses offered and the professors listed in the program – my main interest is linguistics and the topics were extremely interesting and all the professors were well-known names in the field. But this school turned out to be far more than a professional enrichment! What I found when I got there was a totally absorbing reality: I spent mornings and afternoons and evenings together with the students and the professors of the program, sharing ideas, amusements and interchanges, in class and outside class. I really hope to have the opportunity to repeat this experience next year, and I’m sure everybody who participated in the NYI in 2004 is looking forward for the 2005 edition! At least I am, for sure!
Lena Anishchenko | University of Grodno (Belarus)
The NYI school is a great place to meet people in your field, people who share your interests, which for me isn’t the everyday situation. The best thing about the school is that it offers various subjects, combining linguistic, cultural and cognitive studies. This allowed people who specialize in these fields to go beyond their narrow subject, which I think is crucial for interdisciplinary research.
Aleksandr Kavgic | University of Novi Sad (Serbia) Department of English Linguistics
So far I have participated in a number of summer schools and institutes, some of which were organized and/or funded by The European Commission. However, all of them are completely overshadowed by the 2004 NY Institute. The selection of courses was excellent and it covered all the most interesting and latest topics in cognitive sciences and cultural studies which, needless to say, I cannot hear about at my host institution. However, the most important thing is that the lecturers were fantastic. All in all, the best institute I have attended so far!
Ivan Zakharjashchev | Moscow State University (МГУ) Department of Linguistics
I could feel the excitement of the theories being carried over by the people who taught at NYI. The teachers come from an academic community where these theories are being actively developed, so they are able to transfer the excitement, to try to explain the deep underlying ideas. Our people in Moscow come from an academic community with different history and different focuses of interest, and so they cannot present the same theories as at NYI with that deep excitement. So, NYI is a good way to get acquainted with the theories that are not in focus here.
Slava Shevchenko | Samara State University, Russia Department of English Philology
I've never participated in such a program before. This program is unique because the organizers invented a very good combination of linguistic, psychological, political, sociological and gender classes. These classes were combined with lectures, films, group discussions, round tables, so nobody felt tired at the end of the day.
NYI is proud to have gathered an international group of faculty who are not only specialists in their fields, but also have experience working in intercultural environments and teaching in non-English speaking countries.