Silencing the Classroom: Persecuted academics share their experiences

LSE Scholars at Risk public discussion
Date: Tuesday 19 October 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Mina Al-Lami, Marwan Naser, Shumba Nephat
Chair: Dr Margot E. Salomon

Academic freedom, and the freedom of scholars is under threat around the world. In volatile regions where illiberal regimes prevail scholars are a target, often because of their instrumental role in advocating for change. In this panel event, scholars who have faced such threats will talk about their experiences.
Mina Al-Lami is an Iraqi Visiting Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, under the LSE Scholars at Risk scheme. For the last two years Mina has been doing research on Islamic extremist groups. Her research focus is the media and propaganda of jihadist groups on the Internet, online radicalisation, and online counter-extremism measures. She is currently researching the transition from online to offline jihadism. Prior to fleeing to the UK, she served as a security information analyst with the United Nations-Iraq and lecturer of English language at Baghdad University.

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