A NEW YORK TREASURE

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

100 years of the Institute of International Education, a true “Treasure of New York.”

Aired on February 19, 2019. 

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>> FOR 100 YEARS THE INSTITUTE
OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION OR
IIE, HAS BEEN LEADING THE WORLD
IN GLOBAL EXCHANGE, FOSTERING
PROGRAMS THAT BREAK CULTURAL
BARRIERS.
IIE HAS SPARKED INTERNATIONAL
CONVERSATIONS AND SECURED THE
FUTURE FOR IMPORTANT TEACHINGS
AND RESEARCH.
NOW TREASURES OF NEW YORK IS
TAKING US INSIDE THE INSTITUTION
THAT'S CHANGING THE LIVES OF
SCHOLARS WORLDWIDE.
NOW I'M DELIGHTED TO BE JOINED
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATION, ALLEN GOODMAN.
ALLEN, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> SO FIRST OFF, FOR THE LAY
PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE AND
RECENTLY MYSELF, TELL US ABOUT
THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATION.
WHAT IS IT?
>> WELL, WE DO THREE THINGS.
WE MANAGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND
DESIGN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
GOVERNMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND
CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE AN
INTERNATIONAL COMPONENT.
SECONDLY, WE SURVEY ACADEMIC
MOBILITY AROUND THE WORLD
ESPECIALLY TO AND FROM THE
UNITED STATES, AND THIRD, WE
RESCUE SCHOLARS AND HELP
STUDENTS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
LIKE WAR AND NATURAL DISASTERS
OR TERRORISM.
>> I UNDERSTAND YOUR
ORGANIZATION ACTUALLY PLAYED A
VERY IMPORTANT ROLE A FEW YEARS
AFTER 1928 DURING THE HOLOCAUST
OF THE 1940s.
>> SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE
LEARNED IN THE '20s IS THAT
SCHOLARS ARE THREATENED BY
REVOLUTIONS, BY FASCISM, BY
DICTATORIAL REGIMES, AND THEY'RE
AMONG THE LAST TO FLEE A
DANGEROUS SITUATION AND THEY'RE
OFTEN THE HARDEST TO SAVE.
WHEN THE '30s CAME AND THE NAZIS
CAME TO POWER, OUR DIRECTOR,
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THAT TIME
WAS EDWARD R. MORROW, AND HE HAD
A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN WHAT
WAS HAPPENING IN EUROPE AND WHAT
WAS HAPPENING WITH THE NAZIS AND
CREATED AN EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
TO RESCUE GERMAN AND LATER
EUROPEAN SCHOLARS FROM THE NAZIS
FROM THE HOLOCAUST, AND WE WERE
ABLE TO RESCUE 400 BEFORE THE
NAZI SHUT US DOWN.
>> WOW.
>> ONE OF THE THINGS, I THINK
SOMETIMES PEOPLE MIGHT LOSE IN
THEIR APPRECIATION FOR SCHOLARS
AND WHAT THEY ACTUALLY BRING IS
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT HAVING
A ROBUST, SCHOLARLY COMMUNITY
HAS ON A COUNTRY, SO GIVE US A
SENSE OF THAT IS WHY IT IS SO
IMPORTANT TO DO THIS KIND OF
WORK.
NOT JUST FROM AN EDUCATIONAL
STANDPOINT, BUT FROM THE ONE WE
ALWAYS SEEM TO BE HAGGLING OVER,
ECONOMICS.
>> ONE THAT WE DISCOVERED FROM
THE NAZIS IS TODAY THE MRI AND
SO OFTEN WE FIND IN THE POOL OF
DISPLACED REFUGEE SCHOLARS AND
STUDENTS, THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS
AND THE MOST FORWARD-THINKING
SCHOLARS AND THE ONES THAT
OVERACHIEVE WHEN THEY
RECONNECTED TO EDUCATION THEY
THRIVE, AND AMERICA HAS BEEN
BLESSED NOT BECAUSE THERE HAVE
BEEN SO MANY WARS ELSEWHERE, BUT
BECAUSE WE'VE TAKEN IN SO MANY
RESCUED SCHOLARS, AND THEY'RE
THE CORE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT OF
DISCIPLINE OF KNOWLEDGE OR A
TECHNOLOGY THAT ENDS UP
BENEFITING ALL OF US.
>> OKAY.
TELL ME ABOUT THESE SCHOLAR
RESCUE PROGRAMS THAT YOU RUN.
>> SO WE RESCUED THE FIRST
SCHOLAR IN 1920.
THEY WERE FLEEING THE BOLSHEVIK
REVOLUTION, GOT OUT OF RUSSIA,
WERE IN EUROPE, BUT NOBODY IN
EUROPE WANTED THEM, AND SO IT
WAS OUR PRIVILEGE AND
OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF WE CAN
FIND PLACEMENTS FOR THEM IN THE
UNITED STATES.
WE DID THIS WITH THE SPANISH
CIVIL WAR.
WE DID THIS WITH THE NAZIS.
WE DID IT THROUGH THE COLD WAR
AND THE SOVIET UNION, AND
AMERICA WAS A PLACE WHERE
SCHOLARS FROM ALL OVER COULD
COME, COULD FIND NEW TEACHING
POSITIONS AND WERE WELCOME.
SOME WENT BACK AND EVEN TO THIS
DAY, SCHOLARS WE RESCUE FROM A
CONFLICT THAT MADE NEWS TWO
YEARS AGO ARE ABLE TO GO BACK TO
THEIR HOME COUNTRY AND WE WANT
THAT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO
BRAIN DRAIN, AND WE WANT THE
SCHOLARS TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO
CONNECT TO THEIR INSTITUTIONS
AND THEIR STUDENTS BACK AT HOME.
AND WHEN THEY CAN'T, THEN THEY
REMAIN IN THE PLACES WHERE WE'VE
BEEN ABLE TO PLACE THEM.
SOME IN THE U.S. AND SOME AROUND
THE WORLD.
>> WE SORT OF TOUCHED ON IT
BEFORE, BUT AGAIN, WHAT IS THE
VALUE OF HAVING THESE PEOPLE
COME TO AMERICA?
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
>> EDUCATION IS A BIG INDUSTRY
IN NEW YORK.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SEEK NEW
YORK BECAUSE IT'S A GLOBAL ICON
CITY.
WE HAVE 125 UNIVERSITIES AND
COLLEGES WITHIN 25 MILES OF THIS
STUDIO IN NEW YORK AND THE
GREATER METRO AREA.
SO THEY COME HERE AND FIRST
ENRICH OUR COMMUNITIES, BUT THEY
ALSO ENRICH THE AMERICAN
STUDENTS THEY'RE SITTING NEXT
TO.
>> I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR JOINING US ON THE PROGRAM
AND TELLING US ABOUT THIS
IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION THAT I
THINK EXISTED FOR SO LONG AND SO
MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
>> TREASURES OF NEW YORK,
INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATION WILL PREMIERE ON WLIW
ON FEBRUARY 28th AT 8:00 P.M.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
METROFOCUS.ORG FOR MORE DETAILS.

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Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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