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8 September 2021 15:00-17:00 CEST @ Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam  

50 Years of Academic Freedom
NIAS is delighted to invite you for the Opening of the Academic Year 2021/22. During this special anniversary edition, we celebrate that for fifty years, scholars, journalists and artists have entered our doors to pursue their curiosity-driven research. Join us, in person or online, as we mark this moment together with all who have been part of our intellectual haven, or will become so.

14.30 - 15.00 Doors open 

15:00 - 16:30 Programme including

  •  “50 Years of Academic Freedom”, opening words by Jan Willem Duyvendak, NIAS Director
  • Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA, on academic freedom
  • “Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?” by Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Hungary, and former President (2018-2021) of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study.
  • Spoken word by Hagar Peeters, writer, poet and alumna 2019/20

and presentations by fellows Rahul Rao, Stella Nyanzi, Lukas Verburgt, Sarah de Lange and Ghazwan Yaghi; and Ineke Sluiter and Wilma de Koning, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

16.30 - 17.30 Drinks

To attend the Opening of the Academic Year in person at the Eye Filmmuseum, please register before 3 September 15.00 CEST.
Please note that you will need a valid Covid Certificate to enter, so we can (re)connect in person and raise a glass together in a safe way.

This event will also be live-streamed from 15.00 - 16.30 on NIAS' YouTube Channel.  Please register before 6 September if you would like to receive the link in your inbox one day in advance.

With best wishes, 
Jan Willem Duyvendak and Fenneke Wekker


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