Last year the administration of the IGUMO undertook a decisive turn to a practice-oriented approach in higher education. The Institute of Humanities and Information Technologies decided to take seriously the old Latin saying, Non scholae, sed vitae discimus – and to make it not only a saying, but also a doing.
As a partial implementation of this decision a new initiative of the Faculty of Linguistics commenced this week. To deepen our awareness of the historical conditions of the shaping of English-speaking nations and to understand better the roots and historical connotations of the living languages we started a new series of meetings, A Cup of Language with a Drop of History.
We won’t make a discovery saying that in our country’s educational system subjects go as separate universes. Language, History, Sociology, Culture Studies, not to mention the Sciences, - they don’t meet too often in a class. As a result, we are unable to think integrally – and in a globalised world of interwoven knowledge it’s a shame, a crime, and decay.
The last statement, of course, is a powerful one. However, we aspire to think globally, but to act locally. So we start with a relatively modest agenda of adding to our quality cup of language traditionally served at the IGUMO a smidgen of history. We kicked off on the 16th of September with the history of Scotland, a relatively unknown realm of knowledge to those of us who are used to think about the history of the British Isles in terms of Great Britain or the United Kingdom. Neil Oliver and his series, A History of Scotland, proved to be of great help in this enterprise. With more than 40 students of different years of education Faculty’s favourite Lingvarium (room 218) was completely filled. That is why the next meeting will take place in a more spacious room 301 which was kindly lent to us by the Faculty of Design.
So we invite you to join us next Monday, on the 23rd of September, for another exquisite treat in History of Scotland, episode 2: Hammers of the Scots.
Room 301, 4:10 pm.
Yevgeny Brazul-Bruszkowski, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages20.09.2013