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Philipp Schwartz Initiative Call for Applications

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced a third round of funding for its Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI). German universities and research institutions are invited to apply for PSI support to host threatened scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war. Up to 30 fellowships will be available for scholars to continue their research for two to three years at German institutions under the initiative. Applications must be submitted by April 21, 2017. IIE-SRF continues to be a proud partner to PSI, providing German institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for PSI fellows completing the fellowship. For more information, visit the Philipp Schwartz Initiative website.

In Memory of Ruth Gruber

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.

UNTITLED - Christie's Auction to Support IIE-SRF

IIE is pleased to announce that leading art business Christie's partnered with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund for its auction, UNTITLED.
Online Auction: July 28 - August 11

The online auction offered more than 60 works of art that display the diversity and creativity of form and motif, from sculpture to contemporary art works, including pieces by IIE Scholar Rescue Fund artists from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Syria. With estimates starting at $200, the sale offered a unique opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to purchase works of outstanding quality and to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.

Reception & Live Auction: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Remarks by IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman
Christie's New York Salesrooms & Offices
20 Rockefeller Plaza, Galleries I-V, New York City

Commissions from sales went to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.

 

The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study

AAAS will host a symposium on “The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study,” on June 1, 2016. The program will explore the role of science diplomacy in international crisis response and recovery. Along with IIE-SRF Director, Sarah Willcox, an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria will participate on a panel to explore immigration challenges and potential areas of policy reform. 

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Higher Education in Syria: Protecting Academia Amid Civil War

The war in Syria has generated the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis, with a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the country’s education sector. On May 17, 2016, the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education hosted a panel discussion on “Higher Education in Syria: Protecting Academia Amid Civil War,” which explored the impact of the Syrian crisis on higher education, and the broader political and security implications for higher education in conflict settings. The panel included an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria; Dr. Rochelle Davis, his Georgetown University host; IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman; and the director of Brookings’ Center for Universal Education.

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2016 IIE-SRF Forum

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Forum: Scholar Voices and University Action

The 2016 IIE-SRF Forum convened partners from diverse sectors—including higher education, human rights, government, and philanthropy—to address the urgent need to support scholars around the world who have suffered under repression and conflict. The Forum included panels on which IIE-SRF fellows reflected on their experiences in 2015, partnering universities explored effective responses to the causes and consequences of scholar persecution, and regional experts examined the impact of the Islamic State (ISIL) on academics.
 

Institute of International Education Announces $1 Million Donation in Honor of Former DE Attorney General, Beau Biden

At a ceremony today in Wilmington, Delaware, the chairman of the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), Mark Angelson, announced a $1 million gift in honor of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware who passed away in May of 2015.

The endowment, made possible through an anonymous donation, will enable IIE-SRF to rescue one scholar in danger each year in perpetuity, as part of the organization’s work to ensure that there will always be a place where persecuted academics can find safe haven.

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Respect Civilian Nature of Schools and Universities

In a press release, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) called States to act to deter the military use of schools and universities. The Use of schools and univesities for military purpose during conflict by armed forces and non-state ared groups endangers students and their education.

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Launch event for “Education Under Attack 2014”

By Mark A. Angelson

Mr. Mark A. Angelson, Treasurer of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Chairman of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), provided a welcome presentation at the occasion of the launch of Education Under Attack 2014 - a report released by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

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IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Receives Gifts to Rescue Threatened Art Scholars

Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award will provide life-saving fellowships to threatened scholars in the arts.

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