Edward R. Murrow with IIE students from Pakistan, Egypt, and Ethiopia

1930s: Fighting Totalitarianism

The Institute established the Emergency Committee to Aid Displaced German Scholars, an initiative that would come to aid such distinguished individuals as Martin Buber, Paul Tillich and Jacques Maritain and assist others fleeing from Spanish and Italian fascism as well.

1930
Twenty American students receive grants to study at the Institute of Art and Archaeology in Paris in the first arts exchange program developed by the Institute.

1932
Edward R. Murrow joins the Institute as Assistant Director. He goes on to a distinguished career in broadcast journalism at CBS, and later serves as director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).

1933
Establishes the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, which saves over 300 European scholars from the Holocaust.

1934
Sponsors a Summer Institute in Soviet Civilization at Moscow University for American students.

1935
Created the framework for Latin America-U.S. student and faculty exchanges through the Convention for the Promotion of Inter-American Cultural Relations.

1936
American-Chinese Student Exchange established by the Institute, making it the first IIE study abroad opportunity for Americans in Asia.

1939
3,000 attend English classes in Buenos Aires at Institute set up by returnees from IIE exchange visit. 


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