Harvard Announces Participation in 'Scholars at Risk Network'

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Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers announced recently that Harvard University is participating in the "Scholars at Risk Network" and has selected its first two visiting fellows, Dr. Mehrangiz Kar and Dr. Wolde Mesfin, for the academic year 2002-03.

"In the 1930s, certain institutions stepped forward and made strenuous efforts to help at least some of the scholars who were threatened by Nazism. Not only were innocent lives-saved, but also the institutions that hosted these refugee scholars were in many cases profoundly enriched, as was the scholarly community at large. Harvard is determined to be one of the leaders in the comparable effort in our own time," Summers says.

Kar, a distinguished legal scholar from Tehran, Iran, has been offered a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and will come for the spring semester 2003. She will also have an affiliation with the Women's Studies Program, the Islamic Legal Studies Program and the Center for Middle East Studies. Kar's work focuses on questions of democracy and constitutional reform in Iran, and on dismantling legal barriers to women's and children's rights in particular. Kar has, as a result of this work, been arrested and imprisoned in Iran.

Mesfin has been offered a fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research in collaboration with the University Committee on Human Rights Studies. …


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