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The New University in Exile Consortium: September 6th

The New University in Exile Consortium is an initiative emerging from The New School's past as the home of the first University in Exile in 1933. The Consortium is committed to the view that the academic community has both the responsibility and capacity to assist scholars in need, by helping to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault. The launch will take place on September 6th at 6:00pm in New York City. RSVP here.

How Should Higher Education Be Responding to Refugee and Migrant Crises?

By Marc Parry

The gathering of roughly 120 academics and nonprofit officials kicked off a new Rutgers-based consortium called the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants. Its goal: to coordinate and scale up the patchwork of university programs assisting displaced people. Participanrts also want to change the narrative about those people at a moment of rising nationalism and xenophobia.

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University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants Launches at Rutgers University

By Desiree Halpern

On July 23rd, Rutgers University hosted the launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). This event convened refugees, at-risk migrants, faculty and scholars, student associations, education think tanks, legislators, local government, ecumenical education institutions, United Nations agencies, and other representatives of the international community. IIE-SRF is honored to be a part of UARRM’s Steering Committee. IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox presented on barriers to higher education for refugees and at-risk migrants.

An ‘Unprecedented’ Exodus of Scholars

By James R. King

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) released the latest edition of their quarterly newsletter, which focuses on the ever-growing issue of displaced scientists. For the newsletter, IIE-SRF Assistant Director James King authored “An ‘Unprecedented’ Exodus of Scholars,” elaborating on the effects of war and authoritarianism on researchers, particularly in the Global South.

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PAUSE applications open through September 25

IIE-SRF is pleased to share application information for our partners at PAUSE (Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), a French national program that supports Ph.D. candidates, post-doc researchers, and displaced researchers and scientists seeking to work in safety. The program allocates incentive funding to public higher education and research establishments that can host scientist at their institutions in France. For eligibility criteria and the application procedures, click here. Host universities/institutions must apply by September 25, 2018

AAAS Higher Education and Human Rights Symposium: July 12-13

On July 12-13, AAAS will convene a symposium on higher education and human rights at their headquarters. Speakers, including IIE-SRF fellow Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, will address issues many academic institutions are now tackling: protecting scientific and academic freedom on globally connected campuses. Click here to RSVP or read more about the agenda.

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Call for Applications: IIE-SRF Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in September 2018, application materials must be submitted by July 15, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.

Supporting displaced scholars through the At-Risk & Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative

By Teresa Stoepler, Karly Kehoe, Anina Rich, Eva Aisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger

The Global Young Academy (GYA) published an overview of their recent activities working with at-risk and refugee scholars in GYA Connections. GYA's peer mentorship program connects these scholars with their counterparts in other countries in partnership with IIE-SRF, The World Academy of Sciences, Scholars At Risk, and other organizations.

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Fellow Melissa Bilal of Turkey Co-Chairs Feminism & Armenian Studies Conference

Armenian Weekly describes the April 7th conference “Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies/Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), co-chaired by IIE-SRF Fellow Melissa Bilal. An ethnomusicologist and historian from Turkey, Dr. Bilal joined a group of women scholars from the US, Canada, the UK, and Armenia to discuss the intersection of feminism and Armenian history. The Dilenschneider Award sponsored the conference in conjunction with MIT and others.
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IIE Hosts Education under Attack 2018 on May 10, 2018

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) and the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Norway, and Qatar to the United Nations launched "Education under Attack 2018: A Global Study of Attacks on Schools and Universities and their Students and Staff, 2013-2017" on May 10, 2018 at IIE's NYC headquarters. The report shows that attacks on education have worsened in the last five years, becoming more widespread and increasing in some countries. In addition to a panel of high level speakers, the event included a presentation of the findings from Education under Attack 2018 as well as GCPEA’s recent research on the impact of attacks on education on girls and women in Nigeria.

Read more from Inside Higher Ed and Al-Fanar Media.

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