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Science in Exile screeningCHR Represented at "Science in Exile" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On February 13, 2018, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax hosted a film screening of The World Academy of Sciences’ (TWAS) new documentary, “Science in Exile”, which highlights the struggles faced by displaced scientists attempting to relocate and continue their work. The screening was followed by a discussion panel. The speakers were S. Karly Kehoe, the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities at Saint Mary’s University; Patricia Evers, Senior Program Officer for the Committee on Human Rights; and Edward Lempinen, producer of the film and public information officer at TWAS. The panel discussed the various efforts that academies and universities can undertake in order to assist refugee scholars. The panel members agreed that encouraging universities to host these scholars is an important way to not only assist colleagues in difficult situations, but also to broaden the field of discussion within academia by encouraging cooperation between researchers from different backgrounds. Dr. Kehoe organized this event in follow-up to the CHR’s symposium—Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict— held last December, where she participated in a similar panel.