WHAT: New York University’s Scholar at Risk Network — an NYU-based, international network of more than 90 universities that promotes academic freedom and human rights of scholars - will host a “brownbag” lunchtime seminar featuring visiting scholars from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Chad and Iran, who will share their first-hand experiences of working under threat to promote new ideas, new policies and new ways of thinking. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, September 20, 2004, 12:30 pm

WHERE: NYU’s Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street

The Scholars at Risk Network is an NYU-based, international network of more than 90 universities and colleges working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars and scholarly communities worldwide. The Scholars at Risk Network’s primary activity is to arrange short-term visits to Network-member institutions for scholars who suffer because of their work, prominence, or the exercise of fundamental human rights. For information, including how you might work with Scholars at Risk, visit: http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu or call (212) 998-2179.

The event is being co-sponsored with the NYU Law Students for Human Rights (LSHR), which seeks to promote global human rights, establish a forum for education, advocacy and direct service related to human rights, build a community for future practitioners of human rights law, and study and advance strategic human rights issues through speakers and other activities. http://www.law.nyu.edu/studentorgs/lshr.

Thanks also to the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which awarded fellowships to each of the scholars to support their work in the US. (www.iie./org/SRF)

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