Past Lectures

“The Home We Build Together”
2nd June 2011, Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London

In the run up to Refugee Week the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA),
featured by The Jewish Council for Racial Equality ( JCORE), and the Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) and the Jewish Museum in an exploration to an evening that looked at the experiences, struggles and success stories of refugee academics in the UK.

The event was presented and chaired by Dr Gustav Born, the son of one of CARA’s 1930s academics, Max Born, one of the few physicists who refused to work on the atomic bomb. Gustav was ten when his father was advised by Einstein in 1933 to
leave Germany at once.

The evening featured testimonies from two refugee academics:

Latefa Guemar, a refugee academic whose journalist husband was due to be killed by Islamic Fundamentalists as part of a civil war waged against the Algerian government. She discussed what it took for a refugee woman scientist to change career to succeed in the UK.

In Iraq, Mikdam was involved in academic groups promoting human rights activities, including the BBC. He discussed his journey of returning to academia and overcoming obstacles in the UK. 
 

Refugee Academics: Britain as a Place of Sanctuary
10th Febuary 2011, Ramphal Building, Main Campus, Room R1.13, University of Warwick

Jeremy looked at the history of refugee academics in the UK, whilst assessing the role
of UK universities in welcoming refugee academics, including questions of academic freedom.
The talk outlined the history of CARA from 1933 to the present and its continuing
relevance, as the numbers of academic refugees in the UK increase. The trials, tribulations and politics of welcoming refugee academics was highlighted. The talk was 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.

 

Human Rights and Academic Freedom
Friday 11th February 2011, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

During such a tumultuous time for our own university system, this seminar aimed to remind
us that elsewhere our academic colleagues suffer from brutal violations of academic freedom
such as persecution, intimidation, mental and physical abuse and even death. We aimed to raise 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. We are grateful to our speakers Mr S Dakarai, Latefa Guemar, Dr Terence Karran and the seminar chairman Dr Julian Huppert (MP for Cambridge).


SILENCING THE CLASSROOM: PERSECUTED ACADEMICS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
19th October 2010, LSE Wolfson Theatre

Academic freedom, and the freedom of scholars 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 who have faced such threats to their lives or work will talk about their experiences.
Speakers from Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Gaza will share their experiences.

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REFUGEE ACADEMICS: BRITAIN AS A PLACE OF SANCTUARY
8th November 2010, University of East London East

Jeremy Seabrook, a guest lecturer and renowned author, looked at the history of refugee academics in the UK, whilst assessing the role of UK universities in welcoming refugee academics, including questions of academic freedom.
The talk outlined the history of CARA from 1933 to the present and its continuing relevance, as the numbers of academic refugees in the UK increase.
The trials, tribulations and politics of welcoming refugee academics was highlighted.
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.

 

 

ACADEMICS FOR ACADEMICS: A CARABOOKSWAP
30th November 2010, SOAS Undergraduate Common Room

Academic Freedom and Access to Higher Education is a privilege we must support and encourage within the UK and outside. The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics has been supporting refugee academics in and out of the UK since 1933.
With your help, we hope to raise enough money for a refugee academic to attend a full year of studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) so that they can rebuild their career and continue contributing to human kind.
To contibute online please click here

   

 

LECTURE BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, DR ROWAN WILLIAMS,
12th May 2010, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre

Enriching the Arguments: the Refugee Contribution to British Life

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SCHOLARS AT RISK: HUMAN RIGHTS AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM
26TH May 2010, the 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. The event was chaired by Sir Martin Harris, President of Clare Hall Cambridge.  For the Centre of Governance and Human Rights report on the event, please click here







SPEAKING OUT: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
15th April 2010, the University of East London

A panel discussion chaired by Mr Mark Stephens, Chair of UEL Governors, 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. For a report on Cameroonian Academic Freedom please click here
The event was also covered by Hannah Fearn from the Times Higher Education. To view the Article click here.






SPEAKING OUT: ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
23rd March 2010, London School of Economics

A panel discussion chaired by Mr Tom Porteous, Director of Human Rights Watch UK 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: Mr Giles Ji Ungpakorn, 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; Ms Mina Al-Lami, an Iraqi visiting academic at the LSE under the Scholars at Risk scheme; and Joseph, a lecturer who fled to the UK for political reasons.




JEREMY SEABROOK SEMINAR, December 2009, the School of Oriental and African Studies

Jeremy Seabrook, the author of CARA's 75th anniversary book, 'the Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flights from Tyranny', lead a seminar at SOAS on the flight of academic refugees and the atttitude of the receiving coutry.

If you are interested in CARA organising a seminar at your University, please contact Laura Wintour on wintour.cara@lsbu.ac.uk or 0207 021 0880.

REFUGEE FORUM - May 26th 2009 at the Oxford Union 

Hosted by Lord John Krebs, Principal of Jesus College Oxford with 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.


PROFESSOR NIGEL HARRIS- 1st December 2009 6pm, Museum of London

' Refugees, economic migration and the future of the world economy'

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DR RALPH KOHN LECTURE - 3rd November 2009 6pm, Imperial College London

'Nazi Persecution - Britain's Gift'

Introduced by the Rector of Imperial College, Sir Roy Anderson FRS.

A presentation about 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.

To download a copy of the Royal Society publication, "Nazi Persecution - Britain's Gift", please click here.



RT HON. DAVID LAMMY IN CONVERSATION WITH PERSECUTED ACADEMICS
- 27th April 2009

"I was dismissed from the university and had to flee for my life" 

Held in conjunction with The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics
(CARA) and The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)

 

 






DR RALPH KOHN LECTURE - 3rd December 2008, at The Royal Society

'Nazi Persecution - Britain's Gift'


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NIGEL HARRIS LECTURE- 26th June 2008, The Royal Society

'Refugees, economic migration and the future of the world economy'






 








ALBIE SACHS LECTURE - 23rd January 2008, UCL

'Why I was not despised and rejected: Justice Sachs on his life in Britain.'

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Tuesday 19 October 2010, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, LSE
Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and the LSE Scholars At Risk present:

Silencing the Classroom: Persecuted academics share their experiences
Academic freedom, and the freedom of scholars 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 who have faced such threats to their lives or work will talk about their experiences.
Speakers from Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Gaza will share their experiences.

To listen to this lecture, click here
Academic freedom, and the freedom of scholars 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 who have faced such threats to their lives or work talked about their experiences.
Speakers from Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Gaza shared their experiences.

To listen to this lecture, click here