News and Events

Announcements and Events

Akin Gump -- July 2008

On July 29th, the law offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP hosted a luncheon to raise awareness and support for SRF’s activities.

Lithuania -- June 2008

Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Willcox, traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania to participate in the Scholars-at-Risk network meeting and symposium, “Defending the University: Academic Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe” held at the European Humanities University.

IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan Goodman's Remarks at the 2008 World Congress

I appreciate very much the invitation to address this World Congress. The schools represented here make education accessible at a time when in many countries around the world it is becoming less so.

Scholar Rescue Fund panel at the New School

SRF and the New School for Social Science Research announced the creation of the annual SRF/New School fellowship to assist one distinguished scholar per year. The partnership was announced on February 7th at a New School panel discussion entitled “Endangered Scholars Worldwide” SRF fellows IRAN004 (Law/Human Rights), IRAQ087 (Archaeology) and ETHI024 (Economics) participated in the panel and spoke about their experiences under threat in their home countries and their grateful returns to academic activity.

1956 and Hungary: Saving Lives and Ideas

IIE President Allan Goodman and IIE European Office Director Chris Medalis took part in a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, discussing IIE's program to assist students who fled Hungary at that time, in an effort that was a precursor to today's IIE Scholar Rescue Fund. Read more about the conference, including an anniversary booklet titled "Hungarian Refugee Students and United States Colleges and Universities: A Report on the Emergency Program to Aid Hungarian University Students in the U.S., 1956-1958."

Scholar Rescue Fund Honors Ethiopian Sculptor

A Scholar Rescue Fund recipient from Ethiopia was honored during a benefit showing of his latest work at New York's Chelsea Art Museum. Over 150 supporters enjoyed meeting the scholar and hearing remarks from SRF Chair Henry Jarecki and Co-Chair of the SRF Women's Leadership Committee Denise Benmosche, in whose honor a women's scholar chair has been named.

Purchase College Awards Honorary Doctorate to IIE President Allan E. Goodman for Scholar Rescue Fund Endeavors

Purchase College president Thomas J. Schwarz awarded IIE President Allan E. Goodman an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The State University of New York. The award recognizes his work in rescuing threatened scholars. Dr. Goodman also visited with a Scholar Rescue Fund recipient from South Asia recently named to a professorship for the next academic year. Press Release

IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund Awards $50,000 To The European Humanities University (2005)

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) has awarded the European Humanities University (EHU) a grant of $50,000 to support the university's efforts to rebuild as a university-in-exile in Vilnius, Lithuania. The award benefits up to 16 scholars from Belarus.

Supporters Mark The Denise Benmosche Woman's Chair (2005)

Hosted by Dr. George and Judy Beraka, this reception honored Denise Benmosche and her commitment to saving and protecting women scholars facing persecution. Newcomers to IIE and IIE trustees came to learn about Denise's involvement in the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and its mission.

Dr. Henry Kaufman Announces $10 Million Gift: Institute Will Use Monies To Rescue Scholars (2004)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced it will receive an unprecedented gift of $10 million from internationally-renowned economist/philanthropist Dr. Henry Kaufman to support the organization's Scholar Rescue Fund. Dr. Kaufman, who fled Nazi Germany with his family in the late 1930s, is strongly committed to ensuring the safety and security of scholars whose important academic contributions are jeopardized by repressive or dangerous regimes.