|11 Feb 2011||5:00pm - 7:00pm||CRASSH|
A seminar bringing together a broad range of speakers to explore the issues surrounding human rights and academic freedom from a variety of perspectives.
Dr Terence Karran
Dr Julian Huppert
In the midst of a tumultuous time for our own university system, CGHR, CRASSH and CARA host a seminar that seeks to remind us of the greater challenges faced by those living elsewhere. While funding cuts in the UK may wreak havoc on our work, elsewhere colleagues at the sharp end of violations of academic freedom suffer persecution, intimidation, mental abuse and even physical abuse and death. Curbs on academic freedom affect all scholars, and this seminar hopes to build an awareness of the difficulties faced by academics around the world, the effect this has on the pursuit of knowledge, and of the positive steps the international academic community can take to support colleagues in need.
For over 75 years, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) has assisted refugee academics in the UK to adjust to life in the UK and pursue their work in a supportive academic environment. The University of Cambridge has been involved with CARA from its very first days. Many refugees, helped by CARA, settled in Cambridge and their work has helped change the world around us. The scientists Max Born, Hans Krebs and Max Perutz were some of the early academics to arrive at Cambridge and all were awarded Nobel Prizes for their research. More recently, the Cambridge Colleges Hospitality Scheme has welcomed Iraqi Visiting Scholars each year – highlighting their bravery in the face of death threats and their determination to go back and rebuild their country.
Both CRASSH and CGHR are actively involved with trying to support scholars at risk in the University today, with the help of CARA and concerned colleges.
Cambridge's notable tradition of assisting refugee academics and scholars at risk is a matter of pride but must serve as a foundation for continued and expanded efforts. This seminar seeks to renew and redouble efforts within the University to support refugee academics and scholars at risk today and in the future. By bringing together a broad range of speakers – encompassing refugee academics, an MP and a British scholar whose research focuses on academic freedom – this seminar will explore the issues surrounding human rights and academic freedom from a variety of perspectives.
The event is free and open to all but registration is required. Please email Michelle Maciejewska to reserve a place.