20th March 2013, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE
As part of CARA's 80th Anniversary Fellowship Campaign, CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and LSE Scholars at Risk invite you to a talk by Professor David Zimmerman, University of Victoria.
17th January 2013, 19h00 - 21h00, The Science Museum's Dana Centre
The Migration Museum Project and CARA are pleased to announce a new seminar series Great Minds where we will be exploring some of the hugely significant contributions which people from migrant backgrounds have made to the intellectual life of the UK. Why not join us for our first evening of talks on the theme of Medicine, discussing the Paralympics, Psychology and Pharmaceuticals.
15th January 2013, 18:30, G03, UCL 26 Bedford Way
An event organised by UCLU STAR (Student Action for Refugees) to promote the organisation's Equal Access to Higher Education Campaign.
13th September 2012, 11.15am, London Jewish Cultural Centre
A lecture by Claudia Zimmerman, Associate Lecturer at the Karl Franzens University and 'Poppa' Guttmann Trust Project Manager, recollecting the life, work and legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, Father of the Paralympics.
25th March 2012, Weiner Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
This exhibition, celebrating International Women's Day, aims to provide a space for four women refugee academics, to tell the story of their journey; for these women to explore and celebrate their identities, as women, academics and as a refugee from their own country and culture. The Exhibition takes place at the Wiener Libary from the 8 - 25 March 2012.
Cost: Free Admission.
16th March 2012, 1pm, The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
This lunchtime talk will discuss Samantha's research concerning what happened to Jewish children, specifically adolescents, who were refugees in Switzerland during World War II. Waleed Al-Bazoon, a CARA Fellow and author of 'The War on Idigna', will follow with a short poem reading.
Cost: Free Admission.
25th January 2012, 19h30, The Latimer Room, Clare College, University of Cambridge
As part of the STAR Cambridge campaign to promote equal access to universities for refugees and asylum seekers, STAR are hosting Latefa, a CARA Grantee and refugee academic to discuss her experiences of fleeing Algeria, of seeking asylum in the UK, and of trying to integrate into British society and UK university life.
20th September 2011, 6pm, Birkbeck College, University of London, Room B16, Birkbeck College
A talk from an academic refugee about his personal experience in his home country due to intolerance and infringement of his human rights.
19th September 2011, 5.30pm, British Academy, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
A reception to mark the publication 'In Defence of Learning: The Plight, Persecution, and Placement of Academic Refugees, 1933-1980s' edited by Shula Marks, Paul Weindling, and Laura Wintour.
23rd July 2011, CARA and Para Siempre FC, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
For the University of London Football Club & SOAS Football Beyond Borders London 2011 International Universities Football Tournament, CARA and Para Siempre hosted an evening workshop to engage the young participants on issues surrounding academic freedom. The workshop was intended to produce a collaborative report on the issues discussed at the workshop, to be published by CARA.
9th June 2011, 7:30 pm, CARA/LSE, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, LSE
Peter Godwin, award winning foreign correspondent, author, documentary maker and screen writer, spoke on the effects of Zimbabwe's current political and social situation on education and academic life.
2nd June 2011, Jewish Museum, London
CARA, Jewish Council for Racial Equality, Jewish Community Centre for London, and the Jewish Museum presented an exploration of experiences, struggles and success stories of refugee academics in the UK. The evening featured testimonies from two refugee academics: Latefa Guemar, a scientist from Algeria, and an Iraqi human rights activist who was able to return to academia in the UK.
11th February 2011, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge
This seminar aimed to raise awareness of the effect that violations of academic freedom overseas have on the pursuit of knowledge, and of the positive steps the international academic community can take to support colleagues in need. We are grateful to our speakers Mr S Dakarai, Latefa Guemar and Dr Terence Karran.
Chair Dr Julian Huppert (MP for Cambridge).
10th February 2011, University of Warwick
Jeremy Seabrook outlined the history of CARA from 1933 to the present and its continuing relevance, as the numbers of academic refugees in the UK increase, and highlighted the trials, tribulations and politics of welcoming refugee academics.
30th November 2010, SOAS
An academic bring and buy sale: for a small fee, academics and students were able to exchange books and buy from a stock donated by publishers and libraries. The aim was to raise enough money for a refugee academic to attend a full year of studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies- or at least to buy the books needed.
8th November 2010, University of East London (UEL)
Jeremy Seabrook examined the history of refugee academics in the UK, assessing the role of UK universities in welcoming refugee academics. The talk was also an opportunity to gain further understanding of refugee academics disposition in the UK from the 1930’s to today, with the unique perspective of a charitable organizations that started in the UK in 1933.
19th October 2010, CARA and LSE Scholars at Risk, LSE
Academic freedom is under threat around the world. In volatile regions where illiberal regimes prevail scholars are a target, often because of their instrumental role in advocating for change. In this panel event, scholars from Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Gaza who have faced such threats to their lives or work discussed their experiences.
26th May 2010, CARA and Scholars at Risk (SAR), University of Cambridge
Refugee academics from Iran, Iraq and Zimbabwe took part in a roundtable to share their experiences confronting professional and personal threats in their native countries.
Chair Sir Martin Harris, President of Clare Hall Cambridge
12th May 2010, CARA and University College London, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave a lecture on the importance of the wider perspectives that academics from abroad, and particularly those whose academic freedom have been threatened, bring to the UK's intellectual life, and on the 'transforming contribution' made by CARA.
15th April 2010, University of East London (UEL)
A panel discussion focused on the importance of academic freedom and the specific problems faced by academics when trying to carry out their work in repressive conditions. Speakers included refugee academics from Cameroon, Iraq and Rwanda.
23rd March 2010, London School of Economics (LSE)
A panel discussion focused on the importance of academic freedom and problems faced by academics when trying to carry out their work in repressive conditions.
1st December 2009, CARA and Gresham College, Museum of London
The intelligentsia is most often a primary target for assault when social order breaks down. Its social role is so fundamental for each society, and yet depends on transferring culture and skills for each society, that authoritarian governments must control it or liquidate it. The breakdown in the refugee system is, as a consequence, a disaster for academic refugees.
18th November 2009, CARA and Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS
This seminar outlined the history of CARA from 1933 to the present and its continuing relevance, to raise student awareness of the problems some of their colleagues face.
Chairs Shula Marks (SOAS), Sawsan al-Assaf (SOAS), Jeremy Seabrook (CARA)
3rd November 2009, CARA and Friends of Imperial College, Imperial College London
Dr Ralph Kohn presented a history of the persecution of scientists in Nazi Germany during the 1930s and the 'unique and dedicated work of extraordinary British subjects' to help persecuted academics find a safe haven for their work and life in the UK.
Chair Sir Roy Anderson FRS, Rector of Imperial College.
31st May 2009, Fundraising, Cambridge to London
A 60-mile sponsored cycle ride, largely on the flat, brought a diverse group of students, professors, CARA grantees, CARA staff and supporters, from Cambridge to London. The event was an opportunity to proactively engage in CARA's work, raise several thousand pounds for support for at-risk academics, and enjoy a special day. CARA provided advice on training and fundraising, accommodation in Cambridge for all participants, and bicycle maintenance and first aid on the day.
26th May 2009, Oxford Union
This forum featured guest speakers Professor Gustav Born, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology and son of refugee academic and Nobel Prize winner Max Born; Layla, a refugee academic from Libya; and Katie Ghose, Commissioner from the Independent Asylum Commission and Director of the British Institute of Human Rights.
Chair Lord John Krebs, Principal of Jesus College Oxford
27th April 2009, CARA and The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills , SOAS
Rt Hon David Lammy MP, then Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, was in conversation with persecuted academics from Iraq, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
4th December 2008, CARA 75th Anniversary Event, British Academy
This two-day conference celebrated CARA's rich history and looked more widely at issues of academic freedom, with the support of the British Academy, the Royal Society, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. Papers from it are being published by the British Academy in 2012.
3rd December 2008, CARA 75th Anniversary Event, Royal Society
Dr Ralph Kohn delivered the keynote speech for CARA's 75th Anniversary Conference, reflecting on the history of CARA and the heroic people who established and supported its efforts to save persecuted academics.
26th June 2008, CARA 75th Anniversary Event, Royal Society
Nigel Harris, UCL's Emeritus Professor of the Economics of the City, discussed why the intelligentsia is most often a primary target for assault when social order breaks down, and the effects of the breakdown of the refugee systems of developed countries on academics forced to leave their home countries.
10th May 2008, Fundraising Event, The South Downs
To raise funds and increase awareness of the problems of at-risk academics, two sponsored CARA teams walked 20 and 60 kilometre across the South Downs with the 60 kilometre group completing the route in a gruelling 11 hours.
23rd January 2008, CARA 75th Anniversary Event, UCL
Albie Sachs, now a Justice in the Constitutional Court of South Africa, reflected on his time as a CARA-supported exile in Britain and on his concerns for academic and university freedoms, in a lecture launching CARA's 75th anniversay celebrations.
15th March 2006, CARA/SAR Universities Network Inaugural Meeting
Professor John Sexton, President of New York University, launched the CARA/Scholars at Risk Universities Network with a speech. 'By seeing what happens in societies where universities and scholars are put at extreme risk, we come to better appreciate why we defend what we do and better recognize the warning signs of the erosion of those freedoms.'