CAS Visiting Professor To Speak At United Nations


Dr. Tahir Al-Bakaa, the former minister of higher education in Iraq and a visiting scholar in the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University, will speak on “Targeting Iraqi Intellectuals” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in New York at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.

UNESCO recently published a report entitled, “Education under Attack: A global study on targeted political and military violence against education staff, students, teachers, union and government officials, and institutions.”  One of the case studies in the report details the targeting of Iraqi intellectuals. 

Other key speakers include: Brendan O'Malley, author of the UNESCO report; and Mark Richmond, UNESCO director for the Coordination of United Nations Priorities in Education.

Al-Bakaa is the former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the former president of Al Mustansiriya University in Iraq.   He also served in Iraq’s National Assembly and Constitution Writing Committee.

Al-Bakaa came to Suffolk in August 2006, through the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund.  The Scholar Rescue Fund, launched in 2002, provides temporary fellowships for scholars and academics who are threatened in their home countries, allowing them to visit an institution where they may safely continue their teaching or research activities.

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