Scholars as Global Citizens? featuring panelists Sinead O'Gorman, Camelia Entekhabifard, Nahid Mozaffari, Elzbieta Matynia, Jean-Marc Coicaud, and moderated by Gary Fowlie.
Should we view the detention of individuals in Iran including former New School faculty member Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh as an exception or as part of a larger body of restrictions on scholars? Through a panel discussion of scholars, international policy experts and practitioners, we will look at the issue of scholars as global citizens, focusing on limits to scholar movement and global education. - The New School
Ms. Camelia Entekhabifard, a journalist and native of Tehran, has been a contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine and has reported on Iranian and Afghan affairs for AP, Reuters, EurasiaNet, the Village Voice, and Mother Jones. In Iran, she wrote for a number of newspapers, including the leading reformist daily, Zan. In 1999 at the age of 26, Ms. Entekhabifard was arrested for her journalistic activities and spent three months in solitary confinement. She currently lives in the United States and spends much of her time reporting from Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Mr. Gary Fowlie is currently Chief of the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit for the United Nations Department of Public Information. He began his career as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Economist where his primary focus was technology. Prior to joining the International Telecommunication Union (the oldest United Nations agency), in 2001, Mr. Fowlie worked for Microsoft and the global consulting firm Hill & Knowlton. He has been responsible for developing the communications and media outreach strategy for the first World Summit on The Information Society.
Martin Greller is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. His recent research focuses on two areas. One line of work examines the factors associated with career continuity for older workers. This addresses the issues individuals face as they age in the workplace. It also looks at the human resource planning issues for employers. The second area of research examines feedback systems in organizations as tools for increasing organization effectiveness. This work began with the analysis of the feedback people actually used at work, including the role of performance appraisal. The feedback people rely upon most turns out not to be the information organizations provide for the purpose of guiding employee performance.
Dr. Elzbieta Matynia is director of the Trans regional Center for Democratic Studies and Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Sociology at The New School for Social Research. Her current research is on nationalism and ethnic conflict; new democracies in East and Central Europe; and women and democratic transition.
Dr. Nahid Mozaffari has taught a variety of courses on the history, culture, politics and literature of the Middle East and North Africa at various universities in the United States and Europe, including the New School for Social Research and Cabot University in Rome. Her teaching experience includes seminars on women and gender in the Middle East, and histories of Muslim immigration in Europe. Dr. Mozaffari is a consultant at PEN and other non-governmental organizations, focusing on the defense of writersâ€™ and publishersâ€™ rights and on making Middle Eastern literature more accessible to the general reading public in the United States and Europe. For the last 15 years, she has directed a large project for PEN â€“ to study the current state of writers and literature in Iran and to select, translate and edit anthologies, novels, collections of short stories and poetry for publication in English.
Sinead O'Gorman is the Deputy Director of the Scholars at Risk Network , an international network of universities and colleges working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars and their communities worldwide. A Scholar at Risk (SAR) is headquartered at New York University. As Deputy Director, Ms. O'Gorman heads SAR's international training and partnerships, including organizing international training workshops on defending academic freedom and university autonomy, and establishing new local and regional sub-networks of participating institutions and faculty. Prior to joining SAR, Ms. O'Gorman served as Program Officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where she managed IIEâ€™s work with the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa.