NYI statement on the invasion of Ukraine

The entire 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 those 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 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. 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 from 50+ countries attending each session live via zoom, starting in summer 2020, continuing in winter and summer 2021, winter 2022, and most recently, this past July with V-NYI #5.  The five V-NYI Institutes have hosted over 1000 students from over 60 coutnries.  In March, 2022, we became the NYI Global Institute of Cultural, Cognitive and Linguistic Studies.

Beginning Fall, 2022, NYI is now active year-round, as the NYI Universe, which launches Oct. 29, 2022, at 11 am (NY).  All former NYI students, TAs and faculty are invited to participate in ongoing live NYI programming. 

Нет войне. 

With peace and solidarity,
The V-NYI Team

What are the V-NYI Institutes?

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

V-NYI #6 will be held January 16-27, 2023. This will be the 22nd consecutive session of NYI.
Applications are open - click here!

Since 2003, over 1400 participants from 70+ 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
• Critical Media Studies

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 move to the Virtual Sky, as V-NYI.  247 students in 43 countries participated live, via Zoom. 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 virtual 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, free for all partiicants in solidarity with victims of war, was held June 30-July 15, 2022 with 343 students in 54 countries.  V-NYI #6, the Winter Mini-School, will be held Jan 16-27, 2023. 

In Fall, 2022,  NYI expanded to become the NYI Universe, an on-going series of seminars, lectures, working geoups, publications, and discourse in the controversial areas of our time. Students earn certificates by taking one NYI Working Seminar and attending 2 or more NYI Universe General Events. 

V-NYI General Information

• 20+ Seminars, General Lectures, Interactive Workshops
• students select 3-4 seminars and 1 or 2 Workshops

• all classes synchronous and LIVE only
• seminars meet 5 times over 2 weeks (M/W/F or T/Th/S)
• NYI Winter School Certificate upon completion

Daily Schedule:
• 10-11:20 am (NY); (6-7:20 pm, St. P): Seminars 
• 11:30 am-12:50 pm 
(NY); (7:30-8:50 pm, St. P): Workshops & Seminars
• 1-2:20 pm 
(NY); (9-10:20 pm, St. P): Lecture Series
• 2:30 pm (NY): Occasional Special Events

NYI Universe General Info, Fall 2022

• all events synchronous and LIVE only
• 2 Working Seminars: "Writing against borders" and "Talking about trees"
     --Working Seminars meet 3 times monthly for 3 months
     --NYI Certificate upon completion

• "NYI Saturdays" rotating Lecture Series:
      (i) Linguistic frontiers
      (ii) Solidarity dialogues
      (iii) Journalism in peril
      (iv) Art and society