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CGHR Practitioner Series: Academic Freedom

CGHR Practitioner Series: Academic Freedom

27th January 2015, 5.30 - 7.30, CGHR, S1, Alison Richard Building

CGHR Practitioner series seeks to allow students to listen and speak to a selection of high-level experts working in these fields, and address key issues and questions. The seminars which take place during the Lent term, are designed to equip students with an in-depth and critical look at what each area involves; the type of work carried out, contingent challenges and essential competencies.

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Great Minds: Migration and Fashion

Great Minds: Migration and Fashion

11th December 2014, 6.30-9pm, CARA & MMP, INIVA

London’s fashion industry and Londoners’ styles have always been, and continue to be, shaped by migration. Join us as we explore the importance of migration for two designers working in the global fashion capital of London.

Advanced booking essential through Eventbrite

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Cost: Free Admission

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CARA: Supporting Academics at Risk for over 80 years

CARA: Supporting Academics at Risk for over 80 years

10th December 2014, 14:00-15:00, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham University

CARA Director Stephen Wordsworth will be speaking at the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham University. The talk will cover CARA’s vital work, their history and their aims for the future.

Registration: Victoria.Bainbridge@durham.ac.uk

Cost: Free Admission

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Biomedical Knowledge in the Service of Man: Social Responsibility of the Scientist

Biomedical Knowledge in the Service of Man: Social Responsibility of the Scientist

20th November 2014, 7pm, The Royal Society

The Science & Civilisation lecture series continues with a talk by Professor Sir George Radda CBE who will be presenting a lecture on Biomedical Knowledge in the Service of Man: Social Responsibility of the Scientist. The event will be Chaired by CARA President, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE. 

You are required to register for this event.

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Cost: Free Admission

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Berlin to Britain

Berlin to Britain

22nd October 2014, 7-9pm, Goethe Institut London

To accompany the Migration Museum Project's new Germans in Britain exhibition, this event invites you to delve into the world of 1920s Berlin, exploring childhood experiences of the city, and of migration.

This event requires advanced booking and has limited capacity - please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: Free Admission

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CARA: Supporting Academics at Risk for over 80 years

CARA: Supporting Academics at Risk for over 80 years

13th October 2014, 12.45, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Manson Theatre, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA, will be delivering a lunchtime seminar, outlining CARA’s work over more than eighty years to support academics from around the world who have faced discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence because of their work or opinions. 

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Cost: Free Admission

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Syria Today: Health & Politics

Syria Today: Health & Politics

2nd October 2014, 7 - 8.30pm, UCLPartners Global Health , Garwood Lecture Theatre, UCL, London

Since the beginning of The Syrian Uprising in 2011, more than 200,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule. The WHO estimates that 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and 73% of hospitals are out of service.

Cost: Free Admission

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Network Event: University of Kent

Network Event: University of Kent

12th March 2014, 6pm, Rutherford Grass Roots and Kent Law School’s Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) , Rutherford Lecture, Theatre 1

Academic Freedom is the principle which underpins and informs CARA's work defending the right of individuals to explore the world of ideas, literature and science without political, social or religious censorship or sanction. This is Kent’s first event to support and publicise CARA.

Registration: s.m.casement@kent.ac.uk

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The Space Between

The Space Between

4th March 2014, CARA & Birkbeck College, The Peltz Gallery

An exhibition that provides a space for four womeen refugee academics, to tell their story of their journey; for these women to explore and celebrate their identities, as women, academics and as refugees. 

Registration: 020 7021 0880

Cost: FREE

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Britain’s attitude towards Academic Refugees

Britain’s attitude towards Academic Refugees

12th December 2013, The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP

The talk addressed the echoes and continuities  - as well as the differences - between attitudes of Britain towards refugee academics in the 1930s and today and how little has changed, despite the intervening upheavals and transformations in the world.

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Scientists Must Protect and Promote Human Rights: It is Principled and in their Interest

Scientists Must Protect and Promote Human Rights:  It is Principled and in their Interest

9th December 2013, 6pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Gresham College

As part of CARA's lecture series to mark our 80th Anniversary, Carol Corillon, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, spoke on 9 December at Gresham College on the theme  "Scientists must protect and promote human rights: It is Principled and in their interest".

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'Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom' Art Auction

'Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom' Art Auction

5th December 2013, Pentagram Design

Hosted in London by Pentagram Design on 5th December 2013, with donated artwork fromover 70 established artist, including Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal and Maggi Hambling (full list below), the CARA auction raised just shy of £30,000 in support of the CARAFellowship Scheme, through which CARA provides periods of sanctuary to persecuted andat-risk academics and their immediate family.

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Great Minds: Migration & Architecture

Great Minds: Migration & Architecture

28th November 2013, 18h00 - 20h30, Inviva, Rivington Place, London

The Migration Museum Project and Iniva join forces to explore Migration and Architecture. How have migrants shaped Britain's built environment and the ways we think about buildings? Plus, join for us for a hands-on architecture activity. Organised in partnership with CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics).

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Great Minds: Migration & Philosophy

Great Minds: Migration & Philosophy

14th November 2013, 19h00 - 21h00, Pearn Kandola, Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, hosts ‘Minds and Borders’, a Migration and Philosophy panel discussion. The panel will examine whether Philosophy can offer fresh perspectives on social issues such as migrant rights and how a country's borders should be managed.

Registration: 0186 5274 362

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Science, Rationalism and Academic Freedom in the Arab World: a Personal and Historical Perspective

Science, Rationalism and Academic Freedom in the Arab World: a Personal and Historical Perspective

7th November 2013, 7pm, The Royal Society & The British Academy

Professor Jim Al-Khalili's talk was the first of the 'Science and Civilisation' Lecture Series commemorating Albert Einstein's Royal Albert Hall speech on the 5th October 1933 against the persecution of academics. 

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

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80 Anniversary Art Competition

80 Anniversary Art Competition

30th September 2013, CARA will no longer accept submissions.

'The Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom' art competition inspired art students from univerities and art colleges across the UK to produce A5 sized artwork on the theme of academic freedom. CARA received over 60 submissions judged by Maggi Hambling, Jane McAdam Freud and Professor Deborah Swallow.

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The Space Between

The Space Between

17th June 2013, The Rag Factory

CARA presents ‘The Space Between’, a week long photographic exhibition to mark Refugee Week which provides women refugee academics from Iraq to Palestine, Burma to Burundi, the opportunity to share the story of their journey to the UK.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lunch-time talks by four different female refugees detailing their particular experiences as refugees in the UK. 

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

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Beveridge and the Uprising of British Universities against Hitler

Beveridge and the Uprising of British Universities against Hitler

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.

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

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Exploring Access to Higher Education for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK

Exploring Access to Higher Education for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK

14th March 2013, 6pm - 8pm, LSE STAR, Seligman Library, LSE

An event organised by LSE STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and the LSE Student Union to promote Equal Access to Higher Education for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Registration: r.k.krause@lse.ac.uk

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Great Minds: Migrants and Medicine

Great Minds: Migrants and Medicine

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.

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UCLU STAR Event: Equal Access to Higher Education

UCLU STAR Event: Equal Access to Higher Education

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.

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The first time I arrived as a refugee in the UK I was psychologically wrecked…

The first time I arrived as a refugee in the UK I was psychologically wrecked…

30th November 2012, 6pm

Justice Albie Sachs, appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court, reflects on four decades of association with CARA.

Registration: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

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Legacy of Ludwig 'Poppa' Guttmann - Founder of the Paralympics

Legacy of Ludwig 'Poppa' Guttmann - Founder of the Paralympics

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.

Registration: admin@ljcc.org.uk

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How CARA helped Ludwig Guttmann, Father of the Paralympics

How CARA helped Ludwig Guttmann, Father of the Paralympics

24th June 2012, Noon, Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The year 2012 will see the Paralympic Games return to their birthplace, which makes a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate their founder: Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a CARA grantee from 1939.

Registration: guttmann.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

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'The Space Between' Exhibition

'The Space Between' Exhibition

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.

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'Testimonies/Témoignages' by Samantha Lakin & Waleed Al Bazoon

'Testimonies/Témoignages' by Samantha Lakin & Waleed Al Bazoon

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.

Registration: info@wienerlibrary.co.uk

Cost: Free Admission.

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Asylum and Academia

Asylum and Academia

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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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 (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.

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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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Human Rights and Academic Freedom

Human Rights and Academic Freedom

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

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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 (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. 

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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 (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.

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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 Defence of Learning: the past and the present

In Defence 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. 

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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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