Events Archive

My Rights; a Refugee's Story

My Rights; a Refugee's Story

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. 


Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Cost: Free Admission

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'In Defence of Learning'

'In Defence of Learning'

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.

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Cost: By Invitation Only

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Beyond Borders International Universities Football Tournament 2011

Beyond Borders International Universities Football Tournament 2011

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. 

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A Shadow of Its Former Self? Robert Mugabe & Zimbabwe’s Education System

A Shadow of Its Former Self? Robert Mugabe & Zimbabwe’s Education System

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. 

Chair Baroness Bonham Carter; Host Dr Sue Onslow, LSE IDEAS.

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Cost: Free

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The Home We Build Together

The Home We Build Together

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.

Chair Gustav Born, son of one of CARA’s 1930s academics, Max Born.

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Human Rights and Academic Freedom

Human Rights and Academic Freedom

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).

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Refugee Academics: Britain as a Place of Sanctuary

Refugee Academics: Britain as a Place of Sanctuary

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.

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Academics for Academics: a CARA book swap event

Academics for Academics:  a CARA book swap event

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.

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Refugee Academics: Britain as a place of sanctuary

Refugee Academics:  Britain as a place of sanctuary

8th November 2010, University of East London

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.

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Silencing the Classroom: persecuted academics share their experiences

Silencing the Classroom:  persecuted academics share their experiences

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. 

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Silencing the Classroom: persecuted academics share their experiences

Silencing the Classroom:  persecuted academics share their experiences

19th October 2010, 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, speakers from Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Gaza shared their experiences.

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Human Rights and Academic Freedom

Human Rights and Academic Freedom

26th May 2010, CARA and Scholars at Risk, 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

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Enriching the Arguments: the refugee contribution to British life

Enriching the Arguments: the refugee contribution to British life

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.

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Speaking Out: academic freedom in the 21st century

Speaking Out:  academic freedom in the 21st century

15th April 2010, University of East London

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. 
Chair Mr Mark Stephens, Chair of UEL Governors

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Speaking Out: academic freedom in the 21st century

Speaking Out:  academic freedom in the 21st century

23rd March 2010, London School of Economics

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. Speakers included a Thai academic and author who in 2009 fled to the UK after being charged under lese-majeste laws, which forbid criticism of the king, and an Iraqi visiting academic at the LSE under the Scholars at Risk scheme.
Chair Mr Tom Porteous, Director of Human Rights Watch UK

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Refugees, Economic Migration and the Future of the World Economy

Refugees, Economic Migration and the Future of the World Economy

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.

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Refugee Academics inthe UK: past, present and future

Refugee Academics inthe UK: past, present and future

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)

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Nazi Persecution: Britain's Gift

Nazi Persecution: Britain's Gift

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.

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CARA's Cycle Challenge

CARA's Cycle Challenge

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.

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Refugee Forum

Refugee Forum

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

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I Was Dismissed from the University and Had to Flee for my Life

I Was Dismissed from the University and Had to Flee for my Life

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.

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In Defense of Learning: the past and the present

In Defense of Learning:  the past and the present

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.

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Nazi Persecution: Britain's Gift

Nazi Persecution: Britain's Gift

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.

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Refugees, Economic Migration and the Future of the World Economy

Refugees, Economic Migration and the Future of the World Economy

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.

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Just Walk

Just Walk

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. 
The highlight has to be the last 2 hours; I never thought walking with a head torch could be so hard! - Great to be walking for such a good cause. - Katie Eves

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Why I Was Not Despised and Rejected

Why I Was Not Despised and Rejected

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.

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Of Academic Freedom

Of Academic Freedom

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.'

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