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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Free Inquiry at Risk Conference at The New School – Oct. 29, 30 & 31

Free Inquiry at Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times
A Social Research Conference at The New School
Commemorating 75th Anniversary of the University in Exile
October 29, 30 & 31, 2008

Rapid globalization, international collaborations, massification, corporate partnerships, increasing number of franchises, regime change, and other conditions of duress are reshaping universities around the world. What are the benefits and what are the risks to academic freedom and free inquiry as universities navigate these trends?

This conference will look backward at the role of academic freedom and free inquiry in research universities and forward to what the future may have in store. The discussion will reach beyond the US, to Israel and Palestine, South Africa, China, Post-Soviet States, Russia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Belarus.

At the keynote event, endangered scholars from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Belarus, and China will discuss their experiences in their home country where they faced persecution, prosecution, and imprisonment, with Aryeh Neier, President of the Open Society Institute.

The final session on Friday, a panel of current and former university presidents and other leaders (From MIT, the University of Chicago, Amherst, and Berkeley) will discuss the importance of free inquiry and academic freedom and how to maintain them in our universities.

John Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, NYC

Free for students, for faculty who bring a group/class & New School Alumni
(everyone else: $30, $10 per session)

To Register:
socres@newschool.eduor 212-229-5776 x3121
Information: www.newschool.edu/FreeInquiry

Roberta Sutton
Social Research Conference Coordinator
The New School for Social Research
80 Fifth Ave, 501 New York, NY 10011
P: (212) 229-5776 x 3121 F: (212) 229-5476
E: SocRes@newschool.edu W: www.socres.org
Please visit our conference site at www.newschool.edu/FreeInquiry

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