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Scholar at Risk Visits SDSU

Irakli Kakabadze, a participant in the Scholars at Risk program, will speak about his work as a human-rights activist on Nov. 13.
By Hallie Jacobs

Irakli Kakabadze, a human-rights activist, performance artist and writer will visit San Diego State University as the first lecturer in the Scholars at Risk program – an international network that provides sanctuary to academics who face threats in their home countries.

Presented in conjunction with The Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU, Kakabadze, a member of the Scholars at Risk network, will speak about his experiences in his home country of Georgia – which is undergoing a transfer of power after its recent parliamentary elections.

Kakabadze will also discuss how the network played an integral part in his successes as a scholar.

About the event

The lecture, "The Role of Transformative Political Theater in Bringing About the Rose Revolution on Georgia," will begin at 4 p.m., Nov. 13, in Arts and Letters 101.

Scholars at Risk

San Diego State University is a member of Scholars at Risk, an international network of universities committed to defending and supporting the rights of scholars.

Through temporary academic positions, member universities help scholars escape dangerous conditions and continue their important work.

In return, scholars contribute to their host campuses through teaching, research, lectures and other activities.

The Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs

Since 1942, the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU has served as a forum for the discussion of critical topics in international affairs.

The second oldest organization of its kind west of the Mississippi River, the institute has hosted distinguished authorities who address contemporary international issues.

The Institute on World Affairs added the name of Ambassador Charles W. Hostler to its title in 2004. A diplomat and a scholar, Hostler served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Bahrain, among other titles, and has written four books. He has held the position of honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1993.

More information

The International Student Center at SDSU and the Aztecs Parents Fund will be hosting Kakabadze at a light lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Nov. 13, at the International Student Center. The event is open and free to SDSU students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about the Scholars at Risk program and Kakabadze.