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Academic Institutions Under Attack: Freedom of Inquiry at Risk

April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

Academic Institutions Under Attack: Freedom of Inquiry at Risk

Room UL104, University Center
General Public 

The New University in Exile Consortium presents its first conference at which the exiled scholars hosted by Consortium institutions will speak. The scholars will discuss the attacks on universities and academic freedom in their home countries and how these have affected not only their own lives, but the nature of the universities.

Session 1: The Role of the University | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

What role does the university play in Turkey and Iran? How has this role been affected by the regimes now in power?

● Ahmet Çoymak, Barnard College, Turkey

● Savaş Ergül, Trinity College, Turkey

● Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Wellesley College, Turkey

● Kian Tajbakhsh, Columbia University, Iran

Moderator: Alex Aleinikoff, University Professor and Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School


Session 2: Contemporary Attacks | 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Speakers will discuss threats to higher education in their home countries and how their lives have been affected.

● Gubad Ibadoghlu, Rutgers University, Azerbaijan

● Cem Özatalay, The New School, Turkey

● Binalakshmi Nepram, Connecticut College, India

● Sreang Heng, Harvard University, Cambodia

Moderator: Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, Founding Director, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School

Concluding Remarks, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Speaker: George Rupp

President Emeritus, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Affairs, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion, International Affairs, and Public Health, Columbia University; President Emeritus, Rice University; President Emeritus, International Rescue Committee (2002 - 2013)

Presented by the New University in Exile Consortium and the New School for Social Research.

This event is part of The New School's Centennial celebration. Learn more at • #100YearsNew

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