NYI statement on the invasion of Ukraine

The NYI Team stands strongly against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which we consider an outrageous violation of international law, unjustified by any considerations of historical context.  We believe that the brutal attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, the wanton destruction of cities and towns, the overt attempt at general annihilation, the use of banned weapons, the attack on nuclear facilities and on humanitarian corridors, are immoral and inhumane, and constitute war crimes of unprecedented proportions. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

We also strongly condemn the repression and censorship that we are witnessing within Russia and we voice our unequivocal support for all those who protest this senseless act of violence, including many current and former NYI students, staff and faculty.

We are also united against those who willingly close their eyes to the realities of the lived experience of people suffering and dying in Ukraine, as well as to people experiencing repression within Russia.

Until Covid forced us to go virtual in 2020, the NYI school had been organized as a joint project between Stony Brook University and universities in St. Petersburg, and ran for 17 consecutive summers, from 2003-2019. It was a unique non-profit program, open to undergraduates and graduate students from any country and any institutions. People from the US and Iran, Ukraine and Russia, Serbia and Croatia, and dozens of other countries, all participated in open discussion of pressing cultural, cognitive, and linguistic issues in the then safe and always beautiful spaces of St. Petersburg, Russia. Over a hundred students each year (over a thousand in all), along with dozens of faculty, came from distances as far as Los Angeles and Pretoria and Khabarovsk over those 17 years to make the trip to St Petersburg for a magic summer of borderless cultural interaction and intellectual exploration.

Then, in the height of the first waves of the global covid pandemic, the school went virtual as V-NYI, and grew to include 200-250 students per session from 50+ countries, starting in summer 2020, continuing in winter and summer 2021 and most recently, just this past January with V-NYI #4.  

We are now the NYI Global Institute of Cultural, Cognitive and Linguistic Studies. 

Нет войне. 

With peace and solidarity,
The V-NYI Team

What is NYI?

The NYI Global Institute of Cultural, Cognitive, and Linguistic Studies
is an advanced study program focusing on universals and contrasts in human language, culture, and society with seminars in critical cultural studies, theoretical linguistics and a range of other fields

V-NYI #5 will be held in the virtual sky, June 30-July 15, 2022, and will be the 21st consecutive session of NYI.
Since 2003, over 1400 participants from 60+ countries 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)

• Cognitive Psychology
• Race and Ethnicity Studies
• Gender and Sexuality Studies
• Literature & Visual Arts
• Critical Media Studies

V-NYI General Information

• 20+ Seminars, General Lectures, Mini Conferences
• students select 4-5 seminars

• all classes synchronous and LIVE only
• seminars meet 2-3 times weekly for 2 weeks (M/W/F or T/Th/S)
• NYI Certificate upon completion

NYI Philosophy

NYI believes that traditional academic boundaries inadvertently prevent young intellectuals from engaging with 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 was held in St. Petersburg every summer from 2003-2019. In 2020, NYI was organized jointly by the two universities in the Virtual Sky, as V-NYI.  247 students in 43 countries participated. In January, 2021, V-NYI held its first ever Winter Session, Jan. 18-29, 2021 with 243 students in 46 countries. V-NYI #3 was held July 16-30, 2021. The third vritual institute welcomed 236 students in 41 countries. V-NYI #4 was held Jan 10-21, 2022 and reached 196 students in 36 countries. V-NYI #5 will be held June 30-July 15, 2022. 


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