Online Conference on Living Conditions in the Global Age. Intercultural Dialogue of the USA and Russia
A permanent online conference with international participation "Living Conditions in the Global Age. Intercultural Dialogue of the USA and Russia" was held as part of the long-lasting and insightful cooperation of Vladislav Dorofeev, a senior lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages for Technical and Natural Sciences, and secondary school teachers from a city of Warrensburg, Missori USA.
The purpose of the meeting was to upgrade students’ intercultural and foreign communication competences. The issues on impact of information technologies and global process, specifically, economic integration impact on levelling the difference in living conditions of various countries around the world. USA and Russia were taken as the examples. The meeting convened the representatives of Warrensburg school, Missori USA, namely, painter and teacher Debora Nolker and her husband Kevin Nolker, as well as 1st and 2nd year students of the Institute of Mathematics and Information Technologies and the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies of PetrSU.
In order to prepare for the online conference, American participants were suggested looking through and making a detailed analysis of 3 videos in English. 1st year students of the programs "Information Systems" and "Software Engineering" of PetrSU prepared informative presentations in English reflecting the main similarities and differences in structure and design of houses and apartments in the USA and Russia. The guests of the conference from the United States shared their opinion on the videos watched. During the insightful discussion, both parties of the conference have come to a conclusion that in spite of rapid transfer of construction standards and technologies and globalization covering architecture and building, as well as emerging so-called Smart Living, living conditions remain different in both countries. It depends not only on the levels of technological development, but also on family’s income, social origins, qualification as well as their personal choice for or against use of modern technologies by an individual.
During the second part of live stream, painter from the USA Debby Nolker organised an excursion around her house where students could get to know about daily life of an average family in the United States. The most insightful part of virtual excursion was a detailed talk delivered by American participant of the online conference about her personal collection of souvenirs from various countries. The painter has been picking it up for 30 years. At the end of the live stream, Debbie Nolker taught a master class which surprised a bit the Russian participants. The painter explained how she could make an interesting souvenir using simple handy tools in just a few seconds.
Students from both Institutes actively asked the guests from the United States questions and shared their opinions in English.