IIE Networker - Fall 2012 - (Page 19)
Commemorating TEN YEARS of IIE’S SCHOLAR RESCUE FUND
“We bring threatened scholars to host universities around the world so that they can once more think, teach, and publish what they want and what the world needs to hear.” —Dr. Henry Jarecki, IIE Vice Chair & SRF Founding Chairman “To rescue scholars is to rescue the future.” —Dr. Henry Kaufman, IIE Chairman Emeritus & SRF Cofounder
AROUND THE WORLD, scholars and public intellectuals have long suffered harassment, torture, and persecution as a result of their work. In the worst cases, scholars pay with their lives for their dedication to scholarship and freedom of thought. Since its founding in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has participated in the rescue of threatened scholars. In 2002, with seed funding from IIE Trustees and George Soros’s Open Society Institute, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) as a formalized response to this ongoing international dilemma. SRF aims to establish a permanent place to which threatened scholars can turn for support and safe haven.
Ten Years of the Scholar Rescue Fund SRF provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers, and public intellectuals to find temporary refuge at universities, colleges, and research centers anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholar’s home country may improve, permitting safe return to help rebuild universities and societies afflicted by fear, conflict, and repression. Launch of the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project In response to one of the greatest academic crises of our time, IIE launched the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project. With support from public and private sources, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State, this project has assisted more than 270 of Iraq’s most senior and threatened academics in a wide range of academic disciplines through temporary academic positions at universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning primarily in the Middle East and North African regions.
The SRF Iraq Project created a unique distance education program that focuses on providing lectures by SRF scholars on academic and scientific subjects that are lacking in current curriculums at Iraqi universities. In addition, the SRF Iraq Project convenes two major conferences in Iraq each year, facilitating workshops and trainings intended to help the Iraqi higher education and scientific research sectors pursue revitalization and development efforts. Through this work, the Scholar Rescue Fund hopes to contribute to the preservation of Iraq’s vital intellectual capital. SRF Report Analyzes Scholar Persecution Worldwide With support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Scholar Rescue Fund published a summary of its first five years of activity. Published in 2009, Scholar Rescue in the Modern World combines statistical analysis and case studies from SRF’s first 140 grantees, and provides a “State of the World” view of scholar persecution. A second publication is expected to be released in the spring of 2013.
IIE’s History of Scholar Rescue Through its efforts to rescue scholars and students and protect academic freedom, IIE has saved some of the world’s great minds. For example, in the 1940s, the IIE Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, under the directorship of IIE’s Assistant Director, Edward R. Murrow (prior to the beginning of his broadcast career), assisted over 300 European scholars who might have otherwise been lost. These included Nobel Prize winners Thomas Mann (literature), Max Delbrück (medicine), Felix Bloch (physics), and James Franck (physics).
Mission and Goals of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund • Scholar Rescue Fund Philosophy: We believe that freedom of scholarship is a fundamental right and that it is essential to fostering knowledge and progress toward peace and prosperity in the world. • Scholar Rescue Fund Mission: To rescue scholars and, by protecting their lives and work, to increase their country’s and the world’s level of academic knowledge. 10 Years of SRF 458 scholars rescued from 48 countries 265 host institutions in 40 countries Learn more at www.iie.org/srf
Dr. Henry Jarecki, IIE Vice Chair and SRF Founding Chairman, with a rescued scholar from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An SRF Scholar of biotechnology works as a visiting scientist at the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy.
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