The role of institutions for academic freedom and human rights, a lunch conversation with Dr. Judith Friedlander

Event Start Date: February 10, 2023 12:00 PM
Event End Date: February 10, 2023 2:00 PM


The role of institutions for academic freedom and human rights
a lunch conversation Dr. Judith Friedlander
February 10, 2023 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium

About the talk

The conversation will be based on a discussion of Dr. Friedlander's book A Light in Dark Times: The New School for Social Research and its University in Exile (2019, Columbia University Press) and her current work with The University in Exile that seeks to provide positions for scholars at risk.

About Judith Friedlander

Judith Friedlander is Professor of Anthropology, Emerita. She retired from Hunter College of the City University of New York, in 2017. Between 1972 and 2017, she taught and served as an academic dean at SUNY, Purchase, Hunter College, and the New School for Social Research. She also taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the University of Paris, 7.  Between 1993 and 2000, she was Dean of the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science at the New School (now known as NSSR), where she also occupied the Eberstadt Chair of Anthropology. In 2002, she returned to Hunter College where she had previously been dean of social sciences between 1990 and 1993, to serve as dean of arts and sciences.  After stepping down from her last administrative post in 2006, Friedlander taught Anthropology and worked as a special adviser to Hunter’s provost and president on a number of new academic initiatives, including the creation in 2010 of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.

Friedlander has written extensively on questions of ethnic identity among indigenous peasants in Mexico and Jewish intellectuals in France and the United States. She has also contributed to debates about feminism and gender theory.  Among her publications, she is the author of Being Indian in Hueyapan, Vilna on the Seine: Jewish Intellectuals in France since 1968, and A Light in Dark Times: The New School for Social Research and Its University in Exile.


  • UF Center for Latin American Studies
  • UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • UF American Indian and Indigenous Studies
  • UF Department of Anthropology