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Center for Public Scholarship Welcomes Senator Patrick Leahy for “Scholars In Exile,” April 8

The Center for Public Scholarship presents Scholars In Exile,, an Endangered Scholar Worldwide event in collaboration with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund on Friday, April 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.

Join us as politicians and scholars discuss the plight of scholars who face imprisonment or persecution around the world. The event includes a special address from Patrick Leahy, U.S. senator from Vermont.

In addition, a panel of Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund Fellows, moderated by Jonathan Fanton, former president of the MacArthur Foundation and emeritus chairman of the board, Human Rights Watch will discuss their experiences of being forced into exile from their home countries. They include:

  • Mohsen Sazegara, journalist and pro-democracy political activist; former Iranian Deputy Prime Minister in Political Affairs
  • Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of Political Science, Gender Studies and Literature, State University of New York at Purchase College
  • A Palestinian scholar of gender studies who wishes to remain anonymous

This event is free, but reservation are required by emailing

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Endangered Scholars Worldwide is a project founded on the conviction that academic freedom and freedom of inquiry are basic human rights. The organization is dedicated to raising public awareness and support for intellectuals, academics, researchers, and students who have been threatened, silenced, or imprisoned for simply doing their scholarly work or speaking out against the injustices around them. For more information, visit

Institute of International Education (IIE) is an independent nonprofit that has participated in the rescue of persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) as a formalized response to this ongoing international dilemma. SRF provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries.


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