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Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund Co-sponsors Conference In Partnership with Scholars at Risk Network

Global Strategies for Defending Academic Freedom
Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund
Co-sponsors Conference In Partnership with Scholars at Risk Network

NEW YORK, April 7, 2005 – The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund will co-sponsor a conference themed “Global Strategies for Defending Academic Freedom” in collaboration with the Scholars at Risk Network. The conference will be held on April 29, 2005, from 9:00-5:30 p.m. at New York University. The complete program, including schedules, a list of speakers and directions is available at

The April 29th conference will bring together formerly-threatened scholars with academics, human rights advocates and other experts to discuss threats to academic freedoms and free inquiry, including violent attacks against scholars.

The focus will be on exploring strategies beyond after-the-fact rescue efforts; strategies that will prevent attacks and improve overall conditions. The program will include panel discussions that explore the effectiveness of current responses to attacks on scholars, new methods and strategies for prevention, international standards of academic freedom, and the role and responsibilities of universities in defending academic freedom.

"By their research and writing aimed at generating new knowledge and understanding, scholars make themselves targets of those whose power depends on conventional thinking, out-dated tradition and established authority” says Robert Quinn, director of the Scholar Rescue Fund and the Scholars at Risk Network. “As a result, scholars suffer enormously in many places, including intimidation, imprisonment, and too frequently assassination attempts.” According to Quinn, the harm stretches well beyond the individuals directly targeted. “We all lose when these important, creative voices are silenced,” says Quinn.

Preceding the conference, on April 28th from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. is the biennial meeting of the Scholars at Risk Network. Scholars at Risk is an international network of universities and colleges working together to promote academic freedom and defend scholars, including by hosting threatened scholars on their campuses. Scholars at Risk members partner with IIE by hosting Scholar Rescue Fund fellowship recipients on their campuses. Any university or college interested in working with the Fund in rescuing threatened scholars is urged to send a representative to the meeting of Network members.

The conference will be held on April 29, 2005, 9:00-5:30 p.m. at New York University’s Hemmerdinger Hall, ground floor of the Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY, USA. Registration is required. Media or other inquiries should be sent to Carla Stuart at or by calling 1-212-998-2179.

For more information about the meeting and Scholars at Risk, contact Carla Stuart at 1-212-998-2179 or visit:

The Scholar Rescue Fund provides life- and career-saving assistance to scholars persecuted in their home countries because of their speaking, research or writing. The Fund provides matching-sum fellowships allowing threatened scholars to escape danger and to continue their work through temporary visits to host universities in any safe country. Established in 2002, the Fund already has awarded more than US $1 million to help threatened scholars from 34 countries, supporting temporary visits to host universities in 15 countries.

For more information about the Scholar Rescue Fund, visit or call 1-212-984-5472.

Scholars at Risk Network Current Members
Albion College
American University, Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights
Bard College: Human Rights Project
Chicago-Kent College of Law
City University of New York
College of Staten Island
Columbia University
Columbia Univ. School of Law, Human Rights Program
Columbia University School of Public & Int'l Affairs
Cornell University
DePaul University College of Law
Duke University
Ecole Libre Des Hautes Etudes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fairfield University
Five Colleges Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith,
UMass-Amherst) Fordham Law School Crowley Human Rights Program
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University
Howard University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
Indiana University, Bloomington
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Le Moyne College
Loyola University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercyhurst College
Michigan State University
Monmouth College
New School University
New School University Graduate Faculty of Political & Social Science
New York University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purchase College, SUNY
Purdue University
Rice University
Ripon College
Saint Mary's College
Sidwell Friends School
Stanford University: Institute for International Studies
Stony Brook University, SUNY
Thomas College
Trinity College Human Rights Project
Truman College
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Univ. of California at Berkeley, Human Rights Center
University of California at Davis
University of California System
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New Mexico
University of Northern Iowa
Univ. of Notre Dame Center for Civil & Human Rights
University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of San Francisco
University of San Francisco School of Law
University of Texas, Austin
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Washington College: Starr Center
Washington State Univ.: International Business Institute Webster
Human Rights Education Project
Western Connecticut State University
Wittenberg University

Non-US members
Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Catholic University of Bolivia (Bolivia)
Center for Justice & International Law (DC headquarters) Central European
University (Hungary)
CIESAS, Mexico City (Mexico)
Geological Survey of Norway (Norway)
Institute for Advance Studies (Austria)
Monash Institute Asia (Australia)
National University of Ireland, Irish Centre for Human Rights (Ireland)
Paris II University (France)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
University of Kragujevac: Medical faculty (Serbia)
Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
University of Natal (South Africa)
University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
University of Oslo (Norway)
University of Toronto (Canada)


Media Contact

Sharon Witherell
Director, Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5380

Shana Childs
Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5360

IIE Experts

IIE experts on international education are available for interviews or speaking engagements.

Dr. Allan E. Goodman
President and CEO

Peggy Blumenthal 
Senior Counselor to the President