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UNIVERSITY CONFERENCES IN U.S. AND AFRICA DISCUSS ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Rapid globalisation, international collaborations, "massification", corporate partnerships, regime change and other conditions of duress are reshaping universities around the world. What are the benefits and risks to academic freedom and free inquiry?

A social research conference called "Free Inquiry at Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times", to be held 29-31 October 2008 at The New School in New York City, will consider the past and future of research universities. The conference commemorates the 75th anniversary of the University in Exile, created by The New School's first president as a haven for scholars rescued from the Nazi regime.

For information, visit: http://www.socres.org/freeinquiry/

On 21-23 October 2008, the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network and other groups are organising a conference and workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on "Rethinking Academic Freedom in East African Universities." The groups have called for papers, to be received by 15 October. Contact: travis.near (@) lsbu.ac.uk and visit: http://www.nearinternational.org/

(27 August 2008)

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