On 13 November, a public lecture took place in the "Amital" book supermarket as part of the project called "A Large University for a Large City". Vladimir Gusakov – Vice-Dean for pre-university education of the Faculty of Philology, and Associate Professor of Voronezh State University – gave a public lecture on Russian rock poetry of the golden 80s.
The scholar talked in detail about the "golden age", as he put it, of Russian rock poetry – 1980s, which became the most fruitful time for such performers as Viktor Tsoi, Boris Grebenschikov, Yanka Dyagileva, Alexander Bashlachev, Yuri Shevchuk, Pyotr Mamonov, etc. The talk was illustrated by a video shown on the large screen. The topic sparked the interest of both young people and the adult audience. The listeners asked Vladimir Gusakov a large number of questions, wishing him to continue the series of lectures on Russian rock.
Students from A. Platonov secondary school are frequent guests at these events. For example, Tatiana Emelyanova (a high school student) hasn't missed a single public lecture in "Amital" because she is planning to enter the Faculty of Philology at VSU.
Further events under "A Large University for a Large City" project are to take place on 21st–22nd November. Associate Professor of the VSU Department of the Russian Language Sergey Churikov is going to talk about Russian language dictionaries, while Professor Vladimir Glaziev (Dean of the Faculty of History) is going to lecture on the 17th-century migration to Russia from Ukraine.