The videoconference with participation of the representatives of the two cities was held on the Nikolay Karamzin Memorial Day at the beginning of June. The sides have agreed on cooperation among the universities, literary museums, as well as the possibility of implementing joint projects in the framework of the programme “UNESCO Creative Cities Network”. In particular, the representatives of the Uruguay State University of Literature professors have expressed their interest in opening of the Chair of Russian Literature in Uruguay.
The participants have shared the information about the descendants of the great compatriots living in Uruguay, USA, France and Russia, and also discussed further plans for cooperation in the field of literature, since both cities are members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Literature. In addition to representatives of authorities, institutions of culture and education, Mr Fedor Bogorodsky, direct descendant of N.M. Karamzin, the President of the Karamzin House in Uruguay, who promotes Russian culture in Latin America, participated in the debate.
“The role of Nikolay Mikhailovich in the development of culture, the formation of understanding of the Russian history, literary language, journalism, the dialogue between the Russian and European civilizations, cannot be overemphasized. The Karamzin House in Uruguay opened in 2009, and we have planned a huge number of events aimed at popularization of the work of N.M. Karamzin in universities all around the world,” – said Fedor Bogorodskiy. “This round table has become the first step to building partnership relations between the two countries on the basis of literature and reading promotion. It’s nice to find a response and support to our ideas in Uruguay. Together we will continue to work on perpetuation of the memory of N.M. Karamzin worldwide”, – commented Ms Galina Muromtseva, the Director of the Foundation "Ulyanovsk – Capital of Culture".
It is worth reminding that at the federal level the initiative of the 250th anniversary celebration of Nikolay Karamzin belongs to Mr Sergey Morozov, the Governor of Ulyanovsk region. The corresponding decree was signed by the President of Russia in 2010. By the decision of the all-Russian Organizing Committee, the Ulyanovsk region is recognized as the central venue of the 250th anniversary celebration of the outstanding historiograph. The network interagency historical-cultural project “Karamzin's marathon “History in faces” is one of the main activities of the celebration programme. All the socio-cultural and educational components of the project are aimed at preservation and popularization of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Russia.