The Price of Dissent: Turkey’s Academic Purges and the Shrinking University Space

March 21, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Golding Lounge East, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South

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This event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, Scholars at Risk, the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

About the event

In the wake of a coup attempt in July 2016, the president of Turkey declared a state of emergency, which remains in place eight months later. During that time, the government has suspended, detained and placed under investigation tens of thousands of people, including more than 4,000 academics.

What does this crackdown on dissent mean for the future of higher education in Turkey? With a constitutional referendum on the president’s powers set for April 16, what role should universities in Turkey and abroad play in protecting human rights?

Please join us to discuss these and other questions on recent events in Turkey.

Panelists

Asli Igsiz, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Efe Sevin, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Media and Communication Research, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Halil Ibrahim Yenigun, Fellow, Europe in the Middle East- the Middle East in Europe (via prerecorded video)

Moderated by Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk