The University in Exile was created by The New School’s first president, Alvin Johnson, as a haven for scholars whose careers and lives were threatened in Germany in 1933, when the Nazi Party came to power and acted to expel all Jews and political opponents from German universities.
With financial support from Hiram Halle and the Rockefeller Foundation, the University in Exile was able to rescue more than 180 intellectuals and scholars with their families, a number of whom remained at The New School for many years and all of whom made an impact on the intellectual life of the United States.
The New School will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the University in Exile on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at The New School, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, NYC. RSVP to http://goo.gl/XR5tQf
Screening of Hannah Arendt with the director Margarethe von Trotta, actress Barbara Sukova, and co-author Pam Katz, and with Jerome Kohn, director of the Hannah Arendt Center at The New School for Social Research
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, on “Protecting Scholars and the Right to Free Inquiry” with Jonathan Fanton (former chair, Human Rights Watch and former president, The New School), George Rupp (senior fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs), and Aryeh Neier (President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations)
Additional details are available online.