Under the agreement signed between the Belarusian-Russian University, Novosibirsk State Technical University and Novosibirsk Center of Belarusian culture and in celebration of the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, the senior lecturer of the Department of Humanities V.V. Panezha held a number of events. On April 1, she delivered a lecture and held a seminar on the theme ‘Culture of Belarusian Speech in the Context of Slavic Languages and Cultures’ for the first- and third-year students of Novosibirsk State Technical University.
On April 2, she was invited as a guest speaker to the Novosibirsk TV channel ‘Orange Morning’. The topic for discussion was the seminar ‘Speak to me in Belarusian’ dedicated to the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia.
On April 3, a seminar ‘Speak to me in Belarusian’ was held. The event took place in the scientific library named after G.P. Lyshchinsky of Novosibirsk State Technical University. The seminar was attended by the library staff, the university lecturers, heads of musical groups of Chulym and Kochenyovo districts who promote Belarusian songs, traditions and customs, representatives of the Belarusian community of Novosibirsk, students and all those who are fascinated by the Belarusian language and the culture of Belarusians.
On April 4, V.V. Panezha took part in the round table on the topic ‘How to Preserve the Ethnic Culture of Belarusians?’ The event was held in the Novosibirsk Regional Scientific Library. The issue of preserving the ethnic culture of Belarusians was discussed. It should be noted that today a process of assimilation of the Belarusians on the territory of Novosibirsk oblast is taking place and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the Belarusian identity.
Presentations were made by A. A. Dementieva, Head of the Center for Belarusian Culture, A. V. Gasiuk, Counselor of the Novosibirsk branch of the Embassy of Belarus in Russia, N. A. Santsevich, Chairman of the non-governmental organization ‘Novosibirsk National and Cultural Autonomy of Belarusians’, V. V. Panezha, a senior lecturer of the Department of Humanities, V. P. Drozdov, Chairman of the Regional Non-Governmental Organization of Disabled People ‘Siberian Regional Chernobyl Union’, T. V. Daineko, a junior researcher of the Institute of Philology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The speakers expressed their views on the issue, made suggestions for drawing attention of the Belarusians living in Novosibirsk oblast to the problem of preserving Belarusian culture. The participants of the round table agreed that it is necessary to encourage younger generations’ interest in the history of their ancestors, to cultivate love and respect for their historical homeland.