Summer School — 2022

The School of Advanced Studies (SAS)

The Endless Futures and Human Limitations Summer School

What is happening

The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) welcomes 9th and 10th-grade students to join the Endless Futures and Human Limitations Summer School from June 20 to 24, 2022. 

(01) The theme of the school

While the possibility to embark upon a new journey is limitless, our decision making process is poor and restricted by the imperfect or random information we obtain. This year’s Summer School will focus on various issues, including:

  • How can we make a decision if every aspect of our life is multifold? 
  • Who are we? How can we assess our chances of facing the unknown? 
  • How does conceiving reality as “uncertain” weaken our capacity to decide?

(02) What we are offering

As part of a memorable educational experience during several days of focusing on uncertainty and questions related to the process of decision-making given that our reality is multifold, participants will work with professors from different countries who obtained their PhD degrees at world leading universities and currently working at SAS. The Summer School is an endeavor for high school students to experience a world-class higher education institution and to hone their English language skills. 

The participants will be able to try out a variety of educational formats that approach the school theme from different vantage points of various fields, and practices. These formats include seminars, workshops, project work, discussions, film screening, and finally, creative games.  Topics will include: 

  • The Future of AI Decision Making
  • The Idea of the Self
  • Virtual Reality
  • The Real and the Unseen in Visual Culture
  • The Issue of Free Will
  • Humans and the City Space

June 20, Monday

09:00–10:00 — Meet and Greet with SAS Volunteers

Venue: First Floor

10:00–11:00 — Summer School Opening Presentation   

Participants:  

(1) Andrey Shcherbenok (SAS Director) 

(2) Eva Burbo (SAS Associate Director for Education)  

(3) Ahmed Elghandour (Summer School Director)  

Venue: 501

11:00–11:30 — Coffee Break

Venue: First Floor

11:30–12:30 — What is SAS? The How and Why?

Participants:

(1) Andrey Shcherbenok (SAS Director)

(2) Eva Burbo (SAS Associate Director for Education) 

(3) Ahmed Elghandour (Summer School Director) 

(4) Students

Venue: 501

12:30–13:30 — Lunch

Venue: First Floor

13:30–15:00 — Collage on Uncertainty 

Venue:

15:00–16:15 — Poem Writing, "What Does It Mean to Be You?"

Venue: TBD

16:15–16:25 — Afternoon Snack 

Venue: First Floor

16:25–18:00 — Collage, "What Represents You on the Internet"

Venue: TBD

18:00–18:40 — Exhibit Yourself

Venue: TBD

18:40–19:40 — Dinner

Venue: First Floor

19:40–21:00 — Group Collages Release

Venue: 501

June 21, Tuesday

09:30–10:00 — A Question About Our Futures

Venue: 501

10:00–11:15 — Panel Discussion: The Future of Decision Making

Speakers: 

(1) Alexander Usvitskiy (SAS Professor) 

(2) Louis Vervoort (SAS Professor)

Venue: 501

11:15–11:45 — Coffee Break

Venue: First Floor

11:45–13:00 — SAS Professors Seminars

Venue: TBD

13:00–14:00 — Lunch

Venue: First Floor

14:00–15:15 — SAS Professors Seminars

Venue:

15:15–16:15 — Introduction to Group Task: Create an AI Ethical System

Venue: 501

16:15–16:25 — Afternoon Snack

Venue: First Floor

16:25–18:00 — Working in Groups

Venue: TBD

18:00–19:15 — Group Presentations

Venue: 501

19:15–20:00 — Dinner

Venue: First Floor

20:10–21:40 — Film Screening

Lecturer: Peter Lešnik (SAS Professor)

Venue: 501

June 22, Wednesday

09:30–10:00 — A Reflection About Our Presents

Venue: 501

10:00–11:15 — Panel Discussion: The Idea of the Self

Speakers: 

(1) Stanimir Panayotov (SAS Professor)

(2) Siyaves Azeri (SAS Professor)

Venue: 501

11:15–11:45 — Coffee Break

Venue: First Floor

11:45–12:45 — SAS Riddle and Quests

Venue: 501

13:00–14:00 — Lunch

Venue: First Floor

14:00–16:00 — Solving the Riddle

Venue: SAS Building

16:00–16:15 — Riddle Solution

Venue: 501

16:15–16:25 — Afternoon Snack

Venue: First Floor

16:25–16:50 — Weird Presentations Instructions

Venue: 501

16:50–17:20 — Anti-Conference Instructions

Venue: 501

17:20–19:00 — Work in Progress

Venue: TBD

19:00–19:40 — Dinner

Venue: First Floor

19:40–21:00 — Weird and Anti-Conference Presentations

Venue: 501

June 23, Thursday

09:30–10:00 — A Thought About Our Surroundings

Venue: 501

10:00–11:15 — Panel Discussion: Indeterminacy, Uncertainty, and the Wonderous

Speakers: 

(1) Andrey Shcherbenok (SAS Director) 

(2) Peter Lešnik (SAS Professor)

Venue: 501

11:15–11:45 — Coffee Break

Venue: First Floor

11:45–12:45 — Blind Walking Instructions

Venue: 501

13:00–14:00 — Lunch

Venue: First Floor

14:00–15:00 — Taking Pictures Blindfolded

Venue: TBD

15:00–16:15 — Reality Interpretation in Groups

Venue: TBD

16:15–16:25 — Afternoon Snack

Venue: First Floor

16:25–17:00 — Reality Interpretation in Groups

Venue: TBD

17:00–19:15 — Reality Presentations

Venue: 501

19:15–20:00 — Dinner

Venue: First Floor

20:10–21:40 — Experimental Music Performance

Guest Speaker: Petr Tutayev

Venue: 501

June 24, Friday

09:30–10:00 — A Question About Our Pasts

Venue: 501

10:00–11:15 — Lecture: Humans and City Space

Lecturer: Siyaves Azeri (SAS Professor)

Venue: 501 

11:15–11:45 — Coffee Break

Venue: First Floor

11:45–13:00 — Tyumen: City as a Text Instructions

Venue: 501

13:00–14:00 — Lunch

Venue: First Floor

14:00–17:45 — Tyumen: City as a Text 

Venue: Tyumen City

18:15–19:00 — Summer School Closing Remarks

Participants: 

(1) Andrey Shcherbenok (SAS Director) 

(2) Eva Burbo (SAS Associate Director for Education)  

(3) Ahmed Elghandour (Summer School Director)  

Venue: 501

19:00–20:00 — Dinner

Venue: First Floor

Departure of Non-Resident Participants

June 25, Saturday

Before 12:00 — Check-out Hotel "Arena" (22/1 Kommuny St.)

(03) Who is delivering

The Summer School is carried out by the SAS community efforts: our international faculty, students, and management team. All of them put together numerous activities that aimed at helping the participants understand reality from a different angle and learn to approach the decision-making process in an innovative manner.

Who is supervising:

Ahmed Elghandour is a SAS 4th-year student. At SAS, Ahmed is the Head of the Academic Writing Center, and the instructional designer of the Excellence Track. Ahmed was one of the core organizers of various flagship events at SAS such as the You.University.Future Intensive and Summer School-2021. He headed the Student moderators group during the Intensive organized at the SKOLKOVO School of Management in collaboration with MIPT. He was also the instructor of the City as a Text course in 2021-2022. 

(04) How to apply

We are delighted to invite school students graduating either from 9th or 10th grade in 2022.

In order to apply, students should successfully submit a two-step application. 

  1. Please fill in the registration form here by May 25, 23:59 (Tyumen Time). The Registration form should be filled out in Russian
  2. Please submit a 90-secs video in English to sas-summerschool@utmn.ru on one of the following topics:
    • What does an unrealistic dream mean?

    or

    • Who are you if you discover that the place you live in is simulated? 

You may share the video in any convenient format. Don’t forget to provide open access to the link to the video.

We welcome creativity in your videos. However, it is not obligatory and will not be a core evaluation criterion since the videos will be evaluated based on your English language proficiency and communication skills. Those who demonstrate a good command in English and are pre-selected based on their answers to the questions will undergo a 2-minute interview over the phone in the English language. It is crucial to leave a working phone number so that our staff members are able to reach you. 

The Summer School is free of charge for all participants. Accommodation and meals will be provided by the School of Advanced Studies (SAS), University of Tyumen.

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