presented by amnesty international and the new school

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wollman Hall at The New School, located at 55 W. 11 Street



Amnesty International and the Center for Public Scholarship at The New School for Social Research will explore the struggles of the Iranian academic community with the panel IRAN: SILENCED, EXPELLED AND IMPRISONED, featuring top experts in the field and Iranian academics who have suffered state persecution. The program marks Amnesty International’s campaign on repression of academic freedom in Iran.


Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Institute for Women's Leadership, Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow, Rutgers University;

Mehdi Arabshahi, exiled Iranian student activist pursuing his M.A. at the University of Albany;

Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran;

Hadi Kahalzadeh, Visiting Scholar, Political Science, Valdosta State University; former economist for Iran's Social Security Organization.

The talk will be moderated by Gissou Nia, Executive Director, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.

WHEN Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE Wollman Hall at The New School, located at 55 W. 11 Street
TICKETS Free and Open to the Public

About the Center for Public Scholarship
The Center for Public Scholarship aims to bring the best scholarship and expertise to bear on current, pressing social issues in a way that makes the scholarship accessible to the public and simultaneously deepens understanding of what may be at stake and how to proceed. It seeks to become a catalyst for events that draw on the humanities, social sciences, design, and public policy and have the potential of accomplishing our mission, namely, enhancing the public's understanding of the significant issues of our time. The Center is dedicated to promoting academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, goals that are rooted in the earliest history and ideals of The New School.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at


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