IIE-SRF Fellow Co-Organizes Conference on Syria; Scholar Spotlight – Syria; Host Spotlight – University of Missouri; Dinner Held in IIE-SRF’s Honor
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IIE-SRF Fellow Co-Organizes Conference on Rebuilding Syria

From February 19 through 21, 2016, the Department of Geography at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen hosted a conference titled, “Failed State Syria – Analytical Perceptions and Perspectives on Future Plans for Reconstruction.” The event was co-organized by IIE-SRF fellow Hussein Almohamad of Syria, an expert in geography and climatology, whose fellowship is currently being hosted at the university. The conference offered a broad, interdisciplinary platform to discuss and develop post-war conceptions for the reconstruction of a war-torn Syria. “The conference has accomplished even more than expected,” Dr. Almohamad commented. “The most important outcome of the conference was considered to be the successful start of a network of Syrian geoscientists. This network can immediately be used when the reconstruction of the Syrian university landscape starts.”

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Scholar Spotlight: Issam Eido of Syria

Dr. Issam Eido of Syria recently completed two successful years on the IIE-SRF fellowship. An expert on Islam and Muslim intellectual history, Dr. Eido started his tenure as an IIE-SRF fellow at the University of Chicago in September 2013. In what he described as a “warm and welcoming environment,” he took full advantage of his time at the university, giving several public lectures on campus and presenting the first chapter of his upcoming publication, The Role of the Moral Probity of Transmitters and Shaping the Authoritative Islamic Texts, at the annual conference of the American Oriental Society. Dr. Eido’s fellowship was partially supported by the University of Chicago Divinity School. “The beautiful thing about the Divinity School is that it gives you an opportunity to work and meet with brilliant academic scholars,” he commented. After his time at the University of Chicago, Dr. Eido found a permanent position within Vanderbilt University’s Department of Religious Studies as a senior lecturer. “On the [Vanderbilt] campus,” he said, “I meet every day with professors from different departments and have deep and thoughtful discussions on Islam, Syria, and Islamic art.”

Partner Spotlight: University of Missouri

The University of Missouri System (MU) has been a valued IIE-SRF host partner since 2011, hosting three IIE-SRF fellows in the STEM fields from Iraq and Syria. This globally-minded university boasts a student body of 35,000 from every state in the United States and over 120 countries. “The University of Missouri has been honored to host several IIE-SRF scholars over the past three years,” said David Currey, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at MU. “The scholars have not only contributed their knowledge and expertise in their fields of study, but have shared their lives with our community through their inspirational stories of resilience and persistence in the face of tragic events.” IIE-SRF would like to express our gratitude to the University of Missouri for its important partnership in saving the lives and work of threatened scholars.

Montclair State University Holds Dinner to Encourage New Jersey Area Schools to Support Threatened Scholars

Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole speaks with IIE President Allan Goodman

On February 10, Montclair State University held a dinner to generate interest in hosting IIE-SRF and Artist Protection Fund (APF) fellows at universities across New Jersey. Over a dozen university presidents from around the state came together to learn about IIE-SRF and APF and how universities can support threatened scholars and artists from around the world. The event was hosted by Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole, who stressed the urgent need to protect scholars from persecution, war, and violence and urged the attendees to help turn the Garden State into the Rescue State. Montclair is leading the way, having hosted six IIE-SRF scholars since 2006. Reflecting on the evening, IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox said, “That such influential leaders across New Jersey pledged their support sends a powerful message to scholars and artists around the world that the academic community stands ready to support them."

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March 1 & 2, 2016 | Istanbul

Al-Fanar Media will host its second workshop on “Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees” on March 1 and 2, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. This event will continue discussions that began at the first workshop in October 2015, which was co-organized by IIE. To inquire about participating in the event, contact Shady Arafa at Space is limited.

2016 IIE-SRF Forum

April 28 & 29, 2016 | NYC

Registration is now open for the 2016 IIE-SRF Forum and hosting workshop.

Keynote speaker: Prince Talal bin Muhammad of Jordan

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Suggested Reading

New Research Voices - Researchers in Exile

New Research Voices’ inaugural issue, Researchers in Exile, features contributors who have all faced persecution for their work and have sought sanctuary overseas. The volume includes two articles by IIE-SRF fellows.

Deakin University - "Deakin offers new start for Iraqi scholar"

Support from IIE-SRF is allowing a medical researcher to continue her work at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.

Previous Issues of The Beacon:

February 11, 2016 - IIE-SRF Fellows Featured in New Journal; Scholar Spotlight – Serbia; News Roundup – IIE-CIMO Partnership; ESF Call for Applications

January 28, 2016 - IIE-SRF Celebrates New Partnership with Finland; Chicago Tribune Features Syria Consortium Student; 2016 IIE-SRF Forum Registration Now Open

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