Scholars Rescue

Alemayehu Weldemariam (Visiting Scholar, Suffolk University) and Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University)

Moderated by Nir Eisikovits (Director, Graduate Program in Ethics & Public Policy, Suffolk University)

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Alemayehu Weldemariam

Alemayehu Weldemariam

NIr Eisikovits

Nir Eisikovits

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh


Scholars Rescue

Ethiopian scholar of law and politics Alemayehu Weldemariam and Iranian women’s rights scholar Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh discuss pursuing academic endeavors while facing persecution in their home countries. Learn what Weldemariam said about Ethiopian politics in an interview that resulted in his dismissal and permanent prohibition from Ethiopian collegiate employment. Later, hear how Abbasgholizadeh has been jailed again and again for her peaceful activism. Both are Visiting Scholars at American universities this fall, and both are fellows of the Scholar Rescue Fund, a program of the Institute of International Education which recognizes freedom of scholarship as a fundamental right. Moderator Nir Eisikovits, who directs Suffolk University’s graduate program in ethics and public policy, reveals how the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund brings these two and many others to safe locations around the world to continue their work unharmed and provide hope to all academics.

*Please note: These scholars’ opinions are their own and they do not necessarily represent the positions of the Institute of International Education (IIE), the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, or their host universities.

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University

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Don’t Just Sit There…Take It Further!

Use these “Take It Further” tools below to connect with fellow audience members and speakers from last night’s forum. Take action on the amazing conversation you heard last night!

You might join up with others to…

  • Inform and encourage friends to host a threatened scholar through the Scholar Rescue Fund
  • Organize to urge your university to join the Institute for International Education’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis
  • Plan a weekend trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC to learn about freedom of speech (or lack thereof) around the world
  • Arrange a viewing of one of Abbasgholizadeh’s documentaries followed by a critical discussion
  • Join a local Amnesty International chapter

Below, you can join a conversation thread on one of the speakers, IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, or something else. Here are some relevant institutions that you might want to connect with:

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Amnesty International Somerville chapter
“Boston Cultural Nomads” MeetUp group Newseum
IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis Nir Eisikovits’s website

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