On the life of Pitirim Sorokin and his contribution to sociology – for the first-year students of the Syktyvkar State University after Pitirim Sorokin

On October 1, the methodists of the Center “Nasledie” after Pitirim Sorokin met with the first-year students of the Institute of Humanitarian Sciences of the Syktyvkar State University after Pitirim Sorokin. Students who just entered in the university were interested in finding out what the scientist is famous for and how he is connected with our republic –Evgenia Chipsanova, the methodist of the Center “Nasledie” , told the first-year students about this, giving a lecture on: “P.A. Sorokin is an outstanding sociologist of the XXth century”.

Where was Pitirim Sorokin born? Did he know Komi language? What memories did he keep about zyrians? In which villages of the Komi region did he visit very often? Where did he study? What work led student Sorokin in the sky of Russian sociological science? Why did he have leave his homeland? These and many other questions about the life and creative work of the eminent countryman were answered by students during the lesson. Students listened with interest about what influence of the revolutionary events of the beginning of the XX century had on the life of the sociologist and his scientific views.

During the meeting, the American period of the biography and creative work of Pitirim Sorokin was examined in detail. Students learned that it was the books “Sociology of Revolution” and “Social Mobility” that brought the scientist world recognition. The first-year students received an answer to the question - is a world possible without wars and revolutions according to the scientist, who passed through the crucible of the Revolution of 1917 and who witnessed two world wars?

The lecturer told the audience about the great work on the return of the creative heritage of Pitirim Sorokin to his homeland, which is being conducted in Russia and in the Komi Republic. The students learned that the Center “Nasledie” after Pitirim Sorokin publishes a unique collected works by a sociologist. The Syktyvkar State University was named after a world-famous sociologist, and in the small homeland of a scientist, in Turya there is the Local History Museum named after Pitirim Sorokin.

The works of Pitirim Sorokin are a great help for students in studying issues of history and sociology – the first-year students were pleasantly surprised to learn that many of these works they can download in full free on the website of the Center “Nasledie” after Pitirim Sorokin.

At the end of the lesson, the methodist of the Center told the audience about the work of the Center with young people, inviting students to take part in a meeting of the debating club at the Center “Nasledie”, in which students of Syktyvkar discuss current issues of the day.