CIEE is proud to join Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Esalen Institute, and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, in cosponsoring a youth conference on Russian-American relations and the media that begins today in St. Petersburg, Russia. The "Whom Do We Trust Conference" brings young people from both countries together to discuss each other, the media that informs their perceptions, and how we find ways to trust amidst an abundance of news services that open new doors as they reinforce old and negative narratives.
Panel moderators include Dulce Murphy, Peter B. Kaufman (ReadRussia.org), Kirill Artemenko (PaperPaper), Sophia Kishkovsky (New York Times), Nadezhda Azhgikhina (Novaya Gazeta), Yury Kabanov (St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences), Lizbeth Hasse (Creative Law Group), Artem Samarksy. (Herzen University) and Vladimir Orlov (Bard-Smolny). Russian singer Jenia Lubich will join with a short concert on Wednesday September 12 and American performance artist, Joe Orrach will perform a new work on Friday September 14.
Vladimir Pozner and Katrina Vanden Heuvel have both prepared video keynotes for the conference which will open to the press from 3:00PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday September 13.
“The conference holds hope for the future of relations between these great nations,” said Michael Murphy, co-founder of Esalen Institute in California.