Oct. 24, 2013
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University
55 Temple Street Boston, MA 02114
Alemayehu Weldemariam (Visiting Scholar, Suffolk University) and Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University)
Moderated by Nir Eisikovitz (Director, Graduate Program in Ethics & Public Policy, Suffolk University)
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.