“I was fascinated by the fact that Russians read Dreiser far more than Americans do”
Laura Ashley Squires, Director, Writing and Communications Center at New Economic School speaks about her experience with the HSE - NES Joint program in economics
Ashley has been teaching in the HSE - NES Joint program in economics for two years in a row. Her case is unusual in that she had the opportunity to meet her future students before coming to work in Moscow. Ashley taught at the first and second summer schools in Austin, TX, being herself a PhD candidate at UT in summer 2012 and 2013. Her students were the class of 2015 and class of 2016, and the course was Introduction to American Literature. In Moscow her students were expected to read such novels as Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain,and Ursula LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness.Over the course of three weeks in Austin in July they discussed the books and their influence on American society.