Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN will present her speech
"Protecting Scholars and the Right to Free Inquiry", followed by a panel discussion with Jonathan Fanton, emeritus board member and former chair of Human Rights Watch and former president of The New School; George Rupp, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; and Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations.
Both events will be part of the grand opening of the University Center, at 63 Fifth Avenue, and take place in the John L. Tishman Auditorium.
The University in Exile was created by The New School’s first president, Alvin Johnson, as a haven for scholars whose careers and very lives were threatened in Germany in 1933, when the Nazi Party came to power and acted to expel all Jews and political opponents from German universities. With financial support from Hiram Halle and the Rockefeller Foundation, the University in Exile was able to rescue more than 180 intellectuals and scholars with their families, a number of whom remained at The New School for many years and all of whom made an impact on the intellectual life of the United States.