Your support of the 7th International Vygotsky Memorial Conference (celebrating 110 years) in Moscow was truly appreciated. Approximately 18 countries were represented, and others wanted to attend but could not. At the conference the International Vygotsky Society (IVS) was established. Elena Kravtsova, Director of the Vygotsky Institute of Psychology at the Russian State University for the Humanities, would like to invite anyone interested in the IVS to become a member. You will find information attached. Unfortunately, it is taking a long time for the IVS to be registered in Russia, and that needs to be done before credit cards can be used to become a member. Hopefully a better system will be in place in the not too far distant future. Soon, IVS committees will be formed and representatives from different countries will be selected. A part of the IVS will be Summer Seminars, with different themes each year. The title for this summer is The Cultural-Historical Approach
to Education in Russia: Golden Key Schools.
It will take place from June 12-19, 2007, close to Moscow. This is not only a wonderful opportunity to learn about the schools developed by the Vygotsky family and their team, but the summer seminars are a big focus of the IVS. We will be collaborating and discussing how we can establish the international network that began in November, 2006. The cost of the Summer Seminar 2007 will be approximately $1,000 for IVS members. It will include the first night in a hotel, registration (for two weeks or less), and a transfer from/to the airport, cultural program, and a banquet. There will be well-known speakers, and most of all, the opportunity for IVS members/and all others to get to know each other better on a personal basis. It is hoped that you will think about joining the IVS and that you can attend the Summer Seminar 2007. Specific information will be ready in in two weeks. Please write to the following address if you are interested in attending >firstname.lastname@example.org<.
On behalf of IVS, and Elena Kravtsova, we sending all of you good wishes.
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