Beau Biden Chair
In 2016, IIE-SRF established the IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair in honor of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware and late son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Through this Chair, IIE-SRF is able to rescue one scholar each year who embodies Beau Biden’s legacy of pursuing justice and safeguarding vulnerable populations. The inaugural IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar was Liberian legal expert and human rights activist Alfred Brownell.
Benmosche Family Chair
In honor of the Benmosche Family, IIE-SRF is seeking to raise $1,000,000 for the Benmosche Family Chair. Through this Chair, IIE-SRF is leading a vital effort to expand the resources needed to rescue threatened senior scholars and their families around the world, and to inform the public at-large about serious global threats to academic freedom.
Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair
The Woman’s Chair, part of IIE’s plan to raise a $50 million endowment for IIE-SRF, will ensure that there will always be a place where persecuted women academics can find safe haven. These funds will enable IIE-SRF to rescue two women scholars each year in Denise Benmosche's name in perpetuity.
Hite Foundation Chair for Communications
Through the Lawrence D. Hite Chair for Communications, Lawrence Hite is leading a groundbreaking initiative to utilize advances in media and communications technology to expand the resources necessary for rescuing threatened scholars around the world, and to inform the public at-large about the serious risks to academic freedom in the 21st century. IIE-SRF is seeking to raise $250,000.
Ruth Gruber Chair
Ruth Gruber's 1944 mission to bring 1,000 refugees to the U.S. from war-torn Europe helped to inspire IIE-SRF. She earned a doctorate in Germany in 1932 at age 20 with a grant from IIE. The multilingual Gruber became a foreign correspondent and photojournalist and traveled around the world covering stories of rescue and survival. She was the first foreign journalist to report from the Soviet Arctic, interviewing prisoners in Stalin's Gulag. In 1944, while Holocaust raged, Dr. Gruber was sent to Europe at President Roosevelt's request, to bring 1,000 refugees from war-torn Italy to haven in Oswego, New York as part of a top-secret U.S. government rescue. With her knowledge of Europe and its languages, Gruber was well equipped for the daring journey, and successfully lobbied Congress and President Truman on the refugees' behalf for their right to remain in America after the war.