The NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) is an advanced study program with focus on linguistics, cognitive, and critical cultural studies 

NYI 20 will be held in the virtual sky, as V-NYI-3, July 15-30, 2021
Participants take mini-courses with international scholars in a range of fields, especially those that do not fall neatly into traditional discipline areas. Summer 2021 will be the 20th session of NYI. Since 2003, over 1200 participants from 58 countries and over 60 Russian Federation cities have received certificates for completing the NYI Seminar Programs.

Participants create a program design unique to their own interests, choosing 4-5 seminars from among the following fields
Theoretical Linguistics (Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Phonology)
Race and Gender Studies
Art & Society
Critical Media Studies
Cognitive Psychology

V-NYI General Information:
• students select 4-5 seminars
• seminars meet 2-3 times weekly for 2 weeks (M/W/F or T/Th)
• all classes synchronous, live on Zoom
• $100 Registration Fee
($75 for applications before June 11, 2021)
• NYI Certificate upon completion

Daily schedule:

    9:00-10:15 am (NY); (4:00-5:15 pm, St. P): Special Events
    10:30-11:45 am (NY);
(5:30-6:45 pm, St. P): Seminars
    12:00-1:15 pm (NY);
(7:00-8:15 pm, St. P): Seminars
    1:30 pm (NY); (
8:30 pm, St. P): General Lectures

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NYI believes that traditional academic boundaries inadvertently prevent young intellectuals from engaging many important areas of modern inquiry which do not fall neatly into disciplinary frames, including the cognitive sciences, which study the workings of the human mind, and critical cultural studies, which concentrate on comparative aspects of human societies. 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.

NYI is a joint project of Stony Brook University (NY), and The Herzen State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg). In 2020, NYI was organizaed jointly by the two univesrities in the Virtual Sky, as V-NYI, and was especially supported by the the Unesco Department of the Herzen University and the Linguistics Department of Stony Brook University.  247 students in 43 countries participated.

In January, 2021, V-NYI held its first ever Winter Session, Jan. 18-29, 2021.