Interviews

His fellowship cut short by travel ban, Iranian dissident returns to US

Religion News Service By Yonat Shimron | February 17, 2017 Mohsen Kadivar and his wife, Zahra “Nikoo” Roodi, embrace at the door of their Chapel Hill, N.C., home on Feb. 16, 2017. Kadivar had to cut short a Berlin fellowship because of President Trump's travel ban. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) Iranian dissident Mohsen Kadivar and his wife, Zahra “Nikoo” Roodi, have seen it all before. Late Thursday (Feb. 16), the couple embraced after Kadivar’s hasty return from Berlin, where last month he had begun what…
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2017/02/18
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What we can learn from the refuseniks of the Soviet Union

Religion News Service By Marc Zvi Brettler | February 3, 2017 (RNS) In spring 1981 I spent several weeks visiting refuseniks — Jews who wanted to leave the Soviet Union for Israel but were refused state permission to emigrate. When I entered the country, the news magazines I brought with me were confiscated, and I was followed by the KGB and twice interrogated by them.  I saw from the people I visited what it is like to live in terror, though I was always reassured that as an American, I would…
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2017/02/04
Interviews

Travel abroad discouraged by NC universities after Trump ban

The News & Observer International students and faculty at North Carolina colleges and universities are being advised not to leave U.S. soil, as higher education leaders try to ease fears about President Donald Trump’s 90-day travel ban for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Since the executive order was signed Friday, university presidents have tried to reassure international scholars and students that they are welcome and valued members of the community. Campus staffs have been flooded with inquiries from citizens of the seven countries about what they should do. Mohsen…
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2017/02/02
Reviews

Triangle universities sizing up Trump order

The Herald.Sun DURHAM -- Duke University says “several dozen” of its students, faculty and post-docs are affected by the travel ban U.S. President Donald Trump slapped on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries to start the weekend. The university’s chief spokesman, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld, said Duke officials “are in contact” with them. So far, its advice to them has been to “avoid all international travel for the immediate future,” Duke’s president and provost, Richard Brodhead and Sally Kornbluth, confirmed via a statement issued…
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2017/01/31
Interviews

Abroad but not alone: Religious studies professor Mohsen Kadivar describes being affected by Trump’s executive order

The Chronicle Mohsen Kadivar—a research professor of religious studies originally from Iran and now a United States permanent resident—was in Berlin, Germany for a fellowship when news broke of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration of foreign nationals from seven countries, Iran included. Kadivar, who is also an Iranian dissident, spoke to The Chronicle about the confusion surrounding the order and his reaction to protests stateside.   The Chronicle: Could you describe the situation that’s going on there and what you’re doing in Germany?   Mohsen Kadivar: The situation changes every…
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2017/01/31