Global Business, Education and Philanthropy Leaders Join with IIE to Honor Freeman Foundation and Toyota in New York
Special Tribute to Edward R. Murrow Accepted by His Son, Casey Murrow
NEW YORK — At its 2006 International Gala on Tuesday, September 19, the Institute of International Education will honor Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. for its programs to send US teachers abroad; The Freeman Foundation for its support of US-Asia educational exchange; and Edward R. Murrow (accepted by Casey Murrow) for his work in rescuing persecuted scholars from Europe during World War II, as IIE's Assistant Director in the 1930s.
Over 400 leaders in business, education, public policy, media, philanthropy and the arts -- including FOX News Anchor Linda Vester and business leaders Mark Angelson (CEO, RR Donnelley & Sons), Peter M. Gottsegen ( Partner, CAI Partners), Thomas Johnson (Retired President and CEO, GreenPoint Bank), Henry Kaufman (President, Henry Kaufman &Co), and Henry G. Jarecki (Chairman, The Falconwood Corporation) -- will assemble at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York for the event. Special guest Dina Powell will represent the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for which IIE administers the Fulbright Program, the Humphrey Fellowships, and the Gilman Scholarships.
IIE will present its Opening Minds Corporate Award to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., in recognition of its commitment to education and furthering global awareness in U.S. classrooms. The innovative Toyota International Teacher Program helps U.S. educators to expand their professional skills, increase cultural awareness, and enhance their understanding of environmental issues around the world, and bring this knowledge back to U.S. students. Now in its eighth year, the Program will enable US teachers to go on professional development study visits to Japan , the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica in 2006/07.
IIE will present the Freeman Foundation with its Stephen P. Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding in honor of the foundation's commitment to improving understanding between the United States and Asia . The Freeman Foundation has contributed $21.7 million to IIE since 2000 to fund Freeman-Awards for Study in Asia, through which over 4,000 American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need will receive support to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia . Over 2,900 awards have already been made and additional 1,200 students will receive support in the next three years.
In recent years, the Freeman Foundation has used an innovative model of philanthropy to provide emergency assistance to students from Asia studying in the US on several important occasions, beginning with the Asian currency crises in the late 1990s, when the Freeman Foundation and funded ASIA -HELP with an initial grant of $7.75 million. The program provided zero-interest loans to 1,000 students from South Korea , Malaysia , Thailand and Indonesia who were affected by the economic downturn in their home countries. When the December 2004 tsunami and August 2005 Hurricane Katrina occurred, Freeman and IIE put repaid loan funds from the ASIA -HELP program to work in providing flexible and efficient emergency educational assistance to undergraduate Asian students in the U.S. affected by these disasters.
IIE will recognize Edward R. Murrow with the Fritz Redlich Alumni Award, which will be accepted by Murrow's son Casey in honor of his late father. In 1932, at age 24, before he began his broadcast career, Murrow was hired as Assistant Director of IIE, where he arranged for European scholars who were at risk in their home countries to lecture and teach at U.S. colleges and universities. This early forerunner of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund , called the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, helped those fleeing Nazi repression throughout Europe . Among the hundreds of European scholars successfully relocated to America were Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, Thomas Mann, Jacques Maritain, Herbert Marcuse, Felix Bloch, Kurt Lewin, Otto Nathan, and Hans Morgenthau. Murrow worked with the Emergency Committee until early 1937, and continued to serve as an IIE Trustee until his death in 1965. Murrow's work in setting up exchange programs with the Soviet Union was part of what was used by Senator Joe McCarthy to discredit him in retaliation for his courageous TV broadcasts against McCarthy, and this work with IIE was cited in the recent George Clooney movie, Good Night and Good Luck .
The Institute of International Education ( www.iie.org ), founded in 1919, is one of the world's most experienced higher education and exchange organizations. Today, as the world leader in international exchange, IIE cultivates new generations of leaders and foster global citizenship. From programs we are privileged to administer, such as the Fulbright Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, to those we design, such as the Scholar Rescue Fund, some 250 current programs in all — and the 20,000 individuals from 175 countries who participate in these programs each year—are helping to make our world a better, safer place. In local communities, in halls of leadership and globally across borders, IIE's work and its sponsors' and donors' support are vital investments in mutual understanding.
The Toyota International Teachers Program ( www.iie.org/programs/toyota/ ) is administered by IIE on behalf of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Toyota has partnered with IIE on teacher programs since 1998, in the belief that international education and understanding are critical to success in today's global society. Nearly 360 teachers participated in this unique education enrichment program during the program's first seven years, with 80 more to participate in 2006/07. The Toyota International Teacher Program demonstrates the company's longstanding commitment to supporting education. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed $258 million to a variety of philanthropic programs in the U.S. , with nearly 50% supporting education. Besides donating to a wide range of educational organizations, Toyota has created its own innovative programs, including grants for science teachers, scholarships for students, technical training and family literacy programs.
The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993 through the bequest of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman, a co-founder of the international insurance and financial conglomerate American International Group, Inc., better known as AIG . This private foundation, with offices in Stowe , Vermont , New York City , and Honolulu , Hawaii , is dedicated to increasing international understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia . It accomplishes this principally through the distribution of grants in the educational sector. Freeman Foundation-sponsored programs administered by IIE include Freeman- ASIA scholarships for U.S. students to study in Asia ( www.iie.org/freeman-asia ), and emergency assistance programs for students from Asia at U.S. universities. The Freeman Foundation is chaired by Houghton Freeman. His wife, Doreen, serves as one of the trustees and his son, Graeme Freeman, is the Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Fulbright Program ( www.fulbrightonline.org ) , the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its founding in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 275,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research, to exchange ideas, and to develop international competence and cross-cultural expertise. The program operates in more than 150 countries and awards approximately 6,000 grants each year.
The Scholar Rescue Fund ( www.iie.org/srf ) is a current IIE program that seeks to make permanent the Institute's historical commitment to academic freedom that was so important to IIE's first Assistant Director, Edward R. Murrow, in the 1930s. Founded in 2002 with support from IIE Trustees Henry G. Jarecki, Henry Kaufman, and Thomas Russo and with a grant from George Soros' Open Society Institute, SRF provides support and safe haven to scholars from around the world who have been persecuted as a result of their academic work. SRF grants, which are matched by host universities, enable the scholars to continue their academic work in freedom and safety. At IIE's 2004 Gala, IIE announced a gift to the SRF of $10 million from economist Henry Kaufman.