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Alexey Kara-Murza and Olga Zhukova at the International Meeting "Cultural and Philosophical Relations of Florence and Russia".

On November 13 - 18, the fifth philosophical readings dedicated to the theme "Cultural and Philosophical Relations of Florence and Russia" were held as part of the celebration of the World Philosophy Day at the University of Florence (Università degli studi di Firenze). The project was prepared by the Faculty of Humanities of the National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (the head of the delegation - Dean of Faculty of Humanities Professor A.M. Rutkevich) jointly with the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (head of the delegation - Professor A.A. Kara-Murza; project coordinator - O.I. Kusenko) and the Department of Slavic Literature Università degli studi di Firenze (project director and scientific coordinator - Professor Marcello Gardzaniti).

The author of the project of Russian-Italian meetings (Amalfi - 2012, 2015; Genoa - 2013, 2014), the chief research fellow of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue (HSE), the chief research fellow of IP RAS, Professor A.A. Kara-Murza made a presentation of his book "Знаменитые русские о Флоренции" ("Famous Russians about Florence").
Scientific coordinator of the project, deputy head of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue, academic director of the Master's Programme "Philosophical Anthropology", Professor O.A. Zhukova delivered the lecture-presentation "The Aesthetic Phenomenon of the Florentine Renaissance in the Perception of the Artists of the "Mir Iskusstva" ("World of Art")" for professors and students of the University of Florence.
For researchers of Russian philology and Slavonic students, Professor A.A. Kara-Murza jointly with Professor O.A. Zhukova conducted a lecture-excursion about the places of stay of outstanding Russian philosophers, writers and composers - Chaadaev, Stankevich, Herzen, Chicherin, Solovyov, Karsavin, Berdyaev, Stepun, Veidle, Dostoyevsky, Bryusov, Tchaikovsky - in Florence. Within the framework of the Russian-Florentine readings, Alexey Kara-Murza, Olga Zhukova (HSE), Olga Kusenko and Veronika Sharova (IP RAS) met with the President of the Andrei Tarkovsky International Institute A.A. Tarkovsky.