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Launch of the New University in Exile Consortium


Thu, September 6, 2018

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT


The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

66 West 12th Street

between Sixth and Fifth Avenues

New York, NY 10011

The New School invites you to attend the launch of the New University in Exile Consortium

We are living at a time when scholars around the world are under attack, just as when the original University in Exile was established in 1933 to save academic victims of Nazism during World War II. In our own day, universities have once again been shuttered or destroyed; many scholars have been purged from their faculty positions; others seek safety from conflicts that have riven their countries.

The New University in Exile Consortium, (New UIE Consortium), is an initiative created by The New School to confront today’s surging threats to scholars around the world. The New UIE Consortium is a group of like-minded colleges and universities, each of which is committed to hosting at least one endangered scholar. The founding member institutions are: Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The New School, Rutgers University - Newark, Trinity College, and Wellesley College.

This event will feature distinguished speakers—witnesses to the dangers of authoritarian governments and wars around the world—in conversation on the protection of scholars and other refugees. It will also feature comments by some of the endangered scholars themselves who will be hosted at New UIE Consortium institutions.


Speakers include:

  • Kati Marton, Hungarian-American author and journalist; award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent; human rights activist

  • David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom

  • (Moderator) T. Alexander Aleinikoff, University Professor, The New School; Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility

  • With remarks from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of Central European University; Canadian writer, teacher and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (*Michael Ignatieff is unable to be present at the event, but has kindly recorded a video that we will stream)

  • With comments by currently hosted endangered scholars from member institutions

*This event is free. Guests are encouraged to register on Eventbrite.

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