Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate

In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, file photo, Derrik Sweeney, center, receives hugs from his father Kevin Sweeney, left, and sister Ashley, right, after Derrik arrived at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis. Sweeney and two other American students were arrested on the roof of a university building near Tahrir Square in Cairo accused of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters. Scholars and students across the U.S., are attracted to international hotspots as subjects of study, experts say, and as an opportunity to see historic events unfold from a front-row seat however, it’s a challenge for colleges and universities to weigh the benefits against safety risks and they often refuse to sponsor travel to areas in conflict. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)BOSTON (AP) — Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won't touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel.


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