Event Date/Time: Oct 29, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 31, 2008
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Conference Program (*unconfirmed speakers)


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commemorating the Founding of The New School and the University in Exile

Academic Freedom, Security Issues and The New School’s Founding Moments (1919 and 1933)
Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University


10:30 am - 1:15 pm
Session I - Academic Freedom and the Origins and Role of the Research University

Free Inquiry and the Evolution of the Research University
*Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Director, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

How and Why Academic Freedom Became a Canonical Value
Robert M. O'Neil, Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, University of Virginia School of Law; Professor of Law Emeritus, University Professor Emeritus

Who Has Academic Freedom, Who Protects It and Why?
Joan Wallach Scott, Professor in the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Studies

Academic Freedom and Emerging Research Universities in the Present
Ahmed Bawa, Distinguished Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy, Hunter College, City University of New York; former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Discussion Between Speakers, then Discussion with Audience

Session Moderator: *Jonathan Veitch, Associate Professor of Literature and History, Former Dean, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

2:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Session II - Free Inquiry under Conditions of Duress

Some Past History: Past Threats to the Core Values of the University: Europe and the US
Ellen W. Schrecker, Professor of American History, Yeshiva University; Stern College for Women

Academic Freedom under Political Duress: Israel and Palestine
Itzhak Galnoor, Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Deputy Chair, Israel’s Council on Higher Education; Associate, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Khalil Shikaki, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research; Associate Professor of Political Science, Bir Zeit University

Market forces, financial stress, demographic changes, para universities, etc.
Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council; University Professor of the Social Sciences, New York University

The Offshore American University: Risk and Uncertainty in The Overseas Market
Arjun Appadurai, John Dewey Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences, Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives, The New School

Discussion Between Speakers, then Discussion with Audience

Session Moderator: James E. Miller, Chair, Liberal Studies Program, and Professor of Political Science, The New School for Social Research

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BREAK

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Session III - Special Event: Conversation with Endangered Scholars

*Befekadu Degefe, Rescued Scholar in Residence, New School for Social Research; former Senior Researcher and Director of the Center for Economic Studies and Policy Analysis (Ethiopia)

*Kian Tajbakhsh, Social Scientist and Urban Planner; Former Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Politics, The New School for Social Research (Iran)

and others in conversation

Moderated by *Jonathan F. Fanton, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2008

10:00 am - 12:45 pm
Session IV - Institutionalizing Free Inquiry in Universities during Regime Transitions

South Africa
Akilagpa Sawyerr, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities; former Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law, University of Ghana

Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

*Wanhua Ma, Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Peking University

Post-Soviet States
Alfred Stepan, Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government, Director, Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion, Columbia University; Former Rector, Central European University

Discussion Between Speakers, then Discussion with Audience

Session Moderator: Ronald Kassimir, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Research, The New School

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BREAK

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Session V - Free Inquiry and Academic Freedom
A Panel Discussion among Academic Leaders

Robert M. Berdahl, President, Association of American Universities; Former Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley; Former President, University of Texas, Austin

Hanna Holborn Gray, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Former President, University of Chicago

*Richard C. Levin, President, Yale University

Anthony W. Marx, President, Amherst College

*Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph W. Westphal, Provost, The New School; Former Chancellor, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of Maine; Former Head, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Discussion Between Speakers, then Discussion with Audience

Session Moderator: Bob Kerrey, President, The New School; Former Nebraska Senator

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