Academic Institutions Under Attack: Freedom of Inquiry at Risk

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”

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

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

● Ahmet Çoymak, Barnard College, Turkey

● Savaş Ergül, Trinity College, Turkey

● Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Wellesley College, Turkey

● Kian Tajbakhsh, Columbia University, Iran

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

Session 2: “Contemporary Attacks”

Speakers will discuss the attacks that have occurred in their home country and how it has affected their lives.

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

● 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, Founding Director, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School

*Keynote Address, 6:00 PM – 7:30 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)

*This conference is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the New University in Exile Consortium, visit our website: https://newuniversityinexileconsortium.org/

The New University in Exile Consortium is an expanding group of universities and colleges publicly committed to assisting the increasing number of academics living under threat today. Consortium members are motivated by the belief that the academic community has both the responsibility and the capacity to assist persecuted and endangered scholars everywhere and to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault.

Current members include: Amherst College, Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The New School, Rutgers University, Trinity College, Wayne State University, Wellesley College, and Yale University.











When: Fri., April 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: The New School
66 W. 12th St.
212-229-5108
Price: Free
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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”

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

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

● Ahmet Çoymak, Barnard College, Turkey

● Savaş Ergül, Trinity College, Turkey

● Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Wellesley College, Turkey

● Kian Tajbakhsh, Columbia University, Iran

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

Session 2: “Contemporary Attacks”

Speakers will discuss the attacks that have occurred in their home country and how it has affected their lives.

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

● 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, Founding Director, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School

*Keynote Address, 6:00 PM – 7:30 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)

*This conference is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the New University in Exile Consortium, visit our website: https://newuniversityinexileconsortium.org/

The New University in Exile Consortium is an expanding group of universities and colleges publicly committed to assisting the increasing number of academics living under threat today. Consortium members are motivated by the belief that the academic community has both the responsibility and the capacity to assist persecuted and endangered scholars everywhere and to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault.

Current members include: Amherst College, Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The New School, Rutgers University, Trinity College, Wayne State University, Wellesley College, and Yale University.

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