Russian – European debate "The Youth of Russia and Europe: Realities and Challenges" has passed at DSTU

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February 15, 2017 in the framework of the international project LETSDO (Learning Europe Through Studying and Discovering Opportunities) Jean Monnet program supported by the European Union at DSTU the Seminar: "The Youth about the Youth" has passed.

There were invited speakers from Spain, Italy, the students participating in academic mobility programs, and studying humanities at DSTU and with the assistance of ISU (Interacademic Students Union) "Synergy" discussion ground : "Spiritual and value orientations of young people in Russia and Europe", and the closing of the Conference “The Youth of Russia and Europe: Problems of the Edge!”

At 14.15 at DSTU has started the seminar "The Youth about the Youth", dedicated to the theme of youth subcultures and social movements. The moderator of the seminar, the associate professor of the department "World languages and cultures" L. Gornitskaya drew attention to the importance of mutual understanding as a factor of uniting multicultural youth environment.

In English, the participants analyzed such youth issues as freedom of expression and its limits, responsibility for the environment and disastrous indifference to nature, tolerance for peers with a fundamentally different way of understanding the world, the influence of works of culture and art for young people from different countries.

From 16.00 to 17.30 the discussion platform "Spiritual and value orientations of the young people in Russia and Europe", took place. The site moderator V. Svistunov, the Head of ISU "Synergy" drew attention to the fact that the universal spiritual values – are the things, which we all have in common, which may contribute to the dialogue of Russia and European youth. The invited speaker A. Weitz, a member of the Commission on the spiritual, moral and patriotic education of the Council of Children and Youth on International Relations under the Russian President, Chairman of the Public Council under the General Directorate of Social Communications of the Moscow Region, in his report examined the value orientations of the youth environment, the pros and cons of which favored students who adopted report not only from the standpoint of general culturological knowledge, but also personal experience. The invited expert in a very accessible and lively manner spoke to students and teachers about his life, about the people and events that have contributed to shaping his worldview.

 Alex Weitz, despite German roots, considers himself a Russian. Questions about civilizations were raised and discussed: our native and Western ones, about the differences, and value foundations on which they are based. A. Weitz has identified 7 core values of the Russian people:  1) the relation of man to the faith 2) family 3) homeland 4) attitude to the language 5) attitude to work as a duty 6) attitude to the allegiance as a vocation or calling 7) attitude to historical memory.

At 17.30 the closing of the Conference "The Youth of Russia and Europe: Problems of the Edge!" took place. The outcome of the event brought together representatives of Assyrian, Greek, German, Georgian national diasporas, representatives of various religious denominations, native Russian, English, Italian, Spanish and speakers of many other languages of the world.

The Conference Coordinator the Head of the Department "World languages and cultures" Elena Murugova noted that despite the problems with the youth from different countries, and ethnic and cultural differences, which was paid attention to during the conference, the modern world brings together the global cultural space, which allows anyone to realize their full potential, if he or she accepts and realizes the spiritual and moral values, the potential inherent in language, customs and traditions of every person.