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Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair

The Woman’s Chair, part of IIE’s plan to raise a $50 million endowment for the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), will ensure that there will always be a place where persecuted women academics can find safe haven. These funds will enable IIE-SRF to rescue two women scholars each year in Denise Benmosche's name in perpetuity.

The Benmosche Family Chair

In honor of the Benmosche Family, IIE-SRF is seeking to raise $1,000,000 for the Benmosche Family Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund. Through this Chair, IIE-SRF is leading a vital effort to expand the resources needed to rescue threatened senior scholars and their families around the world, and to inform the public at-large about serious global threats to academic freedom.

Hite Foundation Chair for Communications

Through the Lawrence D. Hite Chair for Communications, Lawrence Hite is leading a groundbreaking initiative to utilize advances in media and communications technology to expand the resources necessary for rescuing threatened scholars around the world, and to inform the public at-large about the serious risks to academic freedom in the 21st century. IIE-SRF is seeking to raise $250,000.

The Ruth Gruber Chair

Ruth Gruber's 1944 mission to bring 1,000 refugees to the U.S. from war-torn Europe helped to inspire IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. She earned a doctorate in Germany in 1932 at age 20 with a grant from IIE. The multilingual Gruber became a foreign correspondent and photojournalist and traveled around the world covering stories of rescue and survival. She was the first foreign journalist to report from the Soviet Arctic, interviewing prisoners in Stalin's Gulag. In 1944, while Holocaust raged, Dr. Gruber was sent to Europe at President Roosevelt's request, to bring 1,000 refugees from war-torn Italy to haven in Oswego, New York as part of a top-secret U.S. government rescue. With her knowledge of Europe and its languages, Gruber was well equipped for the daring journey, and successfully lobbied Congress and President Truman on the refugees' behalf for their right to remain in America after the war. We are proud to have known Dr. Gruber and extend our sympathy to her family and all whose lives she touched.  In her honor, Dr. Gruber's family has requested that contributions be made to the Ruth Gruber Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund. Donations may be made payable to IIE and sent to the philanthropy office, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 or by contacting the IIE Philanthropy office at 646-572-8741 for further information. Funds will be used to support scholars who are facing violence or persecution.