The Scholars at Risk Network 2014 Global Congress will be held on 9-10 April 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Please mark your calendars and plan to come and help shape SAR’s agenda for the coming years. You can also help us plan the event. We want to know what topics and participants you want on SAR’s agenda for Amsterdam and beyond. Follow the discussions on SAR’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) honored Scholars at Risk with its annual Academic Freedom Award on October 11, 2013 during MESA's annual meeting in New Orleans. The award, presented by Dr. Laurie Brand, professor at the University of Southern California and Chair of MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom, was given to SAR in recognition of its ongoing commitment to supporting Syrian higher education institutions and faculty, particularly in the context of the current crisis in the region. For more information, please visit our Awards and Distinctions page. SAR also congratulates its fellow awardee, the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund.
On November 18, 2013 Scholars at Risk and the Center for Dialogues hosted a panel discussion at New York University on the topic "The 'Arab Spring': Does Academic Freedom Really Matter?" The occasion was also used to release the report "The University and the Nation: Safeguarding Higher Education in Tunisia and Beyond," which discusses the findings and recommendations of the conference by the same name which took place in Tunisia in February, 2013. The report is available here. The panelists were Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the University of Manouba, Serge Telle, French Ambassador, and Robert Quinn, SAR's Executive Director. They explored the role of academic freedom in the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and it future role in each country. Speaking from multiple perspectives and deep personal experience each panelist reaffirmed the vital importance of safe university space and freedom to think in social and political progress.
Call for Submissions: Winter 2013 University Values Bulletin
May 3, 2013 -- Scholars at Risk welcomes the news that Dr. Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, was acquitted of all charges on May 2, 2013.
Dean Kazdaghli had been charged with “violence perpetrated by a civil servant in the course of his duties” under Article 101 of the Penal Law, with a possible punishment of five years imprisonment. These charges arose from an incident on March 6, 2012, after two students -- who forcibly and without permission entered and disrupted the Dean’s office -- had accused the Dean of slapping one of them. Dean Kazdaghli repeatedly denied the charges and was acquitted. The students were reportedly convicted of damaging property and interfering with a public official and given a suspended sentence.
Scholars at Risk is grateful to the many others who joined in advocating on Dean Kazdaghli’s behalf. For information on SAR’s advocacy efforts on this case and others, please visit SAR's Scholars in Prison page.
Scholars at Risk and the NYU Center for Dialogues held a conference, The University and the Nation: Safeguarding Higher Education in Tunisia and Beyond, at University of Manouba in Tunis, Tunisia on February 21-22, 2013. The conference was organized with the aim of fostering a dialogue about the role of higher education institutions in democratic societies, and to highlight the need for strong protections for core higher education values – including academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility – in the newly emerging order in Tunisia and beyond. For more information, please visit SAR's Events page.
London/New York, 18 January 2013 – The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA), the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), and the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) jointly denounce - in the strongest terms - the attack on the University of Aleppo on 15 January. Information indicates that the bombings resulted in the civilian deaths of at least 80 persons and many more seriously injured. It is thought that many students and faculty of the university are among the casualties.
“There can be no possible justification for such an attack on students in their examination rooms and dormitories. It is one more grim example of the way that educational institutions, and their innocent staff and students, are all too often caught up in violence around the world,” Mr Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA, said from London.
The bloodshed in Syria continues and all levels of education have paid a heavy price in the conflict. Reports are that in some parts of Syria education has come to a virtual standstill. All parties must immediately abstain from targeting educational facilities and educators and students must be protected.
The three organizations call upon the parties in Syria to take all necessary steps to protect schools and universities, and those who work and study in them, from any further attacks. “Syria’s academics and its young people are the country’s future,” stated Mr Wordsworth on behalf of CARA, SAR, and IIE-SRF.
Scholars at Risk is honored to announce that the University of Oslo awarded the 2012 Human Rights Award -- Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize to SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn and Scholars at Risk on November 19, 2012. As part of the ceremony, Mr. Quinn participated in the annual Eitinger Interview with Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The following day, Mr. Quinn delivered the Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture on the theme of “Bringing Claims for Academic Freedom Violations under Human Rights Law,” participated in a discussion with Frank LaRue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion, and presented on SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring Project at the University of Oslo (please see a video of this presentation). Members of the Norwegian and international higher education and human rights communities attended, including representatives and scholars from the Scholars at Risk – Norway Section. Visit University of Oslo's website for a history of the prize and a list of previous winners.
On January 22, 2013, Western University, Canada, hosted a reception celebrating the university's first Scholar at Risk, Professor Anna Dolidze, who joined Western Law in July 2012 to teach and research international law. Western University President Amit Chakma spoke at the event on the importance of protecting academic freedom: “Western has an opportunity and a responsibility to play a leadership role in helping to protect academic freedom, wherever it may happen to fall under threat." Western is a founding member of the Scholars at Risk - Canada Section, which was launched in June 2012 and now consists of eight member institutions. For more information, please see this press release about Western's involvement with SAR and a video of the January 22nd event.
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