An Inaugural Summit of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund

"Protecting Threatened Scholars during Repression, Crisis and Conflict"

October 24, 2014 | 809 United Nations Plaza | New York


8:30am | Coffee and Registration

9:00am | Welcome

  • Ms. Sarah Willcox, Scholar Rescue Fund

9:15am | Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Mark A. Angelson, IIE Trustee & Chairman, Scholar Rescue Fund

9:45am | Panel I: Protector or Perpetrator? Government Response to and Complicity in Attacks Against Scholars

  • Dr. Elise Auerbach, Amnesty International
  • Dr. Jill Goldenziel, Boston University and Harvard University
  • Mr. Robert Quinn, Scholars at Risk Network
  • Moderator: Sarah Willcox, Scholar Rescue Fund

11:15am | Scholar Remarks and Reflections

  • Mr. Tompson Makahamadze, George Mason University

11:30am | Break

12:00pm | Lunch, Keynote: Hon. Michael H. Posner

  • Professor and Co-Founder, Center for Business and Human Rights, New York University, Former Assistant Secretary of State, Department of Human Rights and Labor, U.S. State Deaprtment

1:30pm | Panel II: Responding to an Academic Emergency — Reflections on Iraq and Lessons Learned for Syria

  • Dr. Ahmad Alachkar, Connecticut College, formerly of Aleppo University
  • Ms. Adrienne Fricke, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Daniel Neep, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: James R. King, Scholar Rescue Fund

2:45pm | Coffee Break

3:15pm | Award to Outstanding Partner

  • Presented by Dr. Henry Jarecki, IIE Trustee & Chairman Emeritus, Scholar Rescue Fund

3:45pm | Panel III: Resources for Threatened Scholars — The Life Cycle of Support

  • Dr. Marina Cunningham, Montclair State University
  • Mr. Steven Schulman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Dr. Rehab Abdullah, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Moderator: Martha Bloem, Scholar Rescue Fund

5:00pm | Closing Remarks

  • Ms. Daniela Kaisth, Institute of International Education
  • Ms. Sarah Willcox, Scholar Rescue Fund

5:30pm | Networking Reception

Download the Summit Agenda (88 KB, PDF)

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