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Scholars at Risk’s triennial Global Congress was held in Amsterdam on April 9-10. The theme was "Freedom to Think, Responsibility to Act,” recognizing the important role that scholars and the higher education sector generally play in society, while at the same time challenging members of the sector to consider whether access to higher education and the enjoyment of academic freedom carry with them responsibilities. If yes, what are they and how are they to be met? The two-day Global Congress explored these issues through an exciting schedule of panel and roundtable discussions, workshops, and a performance of Courage to Think Monologues (featuring the stories of threatened scholars assisted by our network).
The Congress also included the 2014 SAR Network meeting open to SAR members, affiliates and invited guests with the goal of reviewing SAR’s mission, governance and Network strategy. Registration, hotel information, and program are available at www.scholarsatrisk.org/Amsterdam. You can follow the planning discussions on SAR’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
SAR honored with Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award
Scholars at Risk is honored to receive Tufts University’s Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. The award is given in commemoration of former university chancellor and president Dr. Jean Mayer, whose dictum was: “Scholarship, research and teaching must be dedicated to solving the most pressing problems facing the world.” The inscription on the award reads: “For your extraordinary embrace of intellectuals fleeing persecution and violence and for your vigorous defense of the principles of unencumbered inquiry and academic freedom.” SAR is grateful to all our members and partners who make this important work possible.
The award was presented to SAR on February 28th at Tufts University’s annual Institute for Global Leadership symposium, which focused on “The Future of the Middle East and North Africa”, and featured international practitioners, activists, academics, public intellectuals, and journalists, including SAR scholars from Bahrain and Syria.
Scholars at Risk is pleased to announce the release of the December 2013 edition of UNIVERSITY VALUES, an electronic bulletin featuring articles, essays and announcements promoting discussion and understanding of university values - including access, accountability/ transparency, academic freedom/quality, autonomy/good governance, and social responsibility. SAR coordinates the production and circulation of the bulletin, in cooperation with an international network of contributing organizations and individuals. The views presented are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent SAR or its respective members. The December edition and prior editions are available here.
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10/25/2013, Prof Suspended Over Tweet Won't Return in 2013 The chancellor of the University of Kansas announced Thursday that a journalism professor suspended over a tweet that angrily targeted the National Rifle Association after the Navy Yard shootings will not return to his classroom in 2013.
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05/23/2011, Launch of Scholars at Risk, Norway Section Scholars at Risk, Norway Section will be launched at Oslo University College (HiO). The Norwegian Section will represent Norway in the wider international Scholars at Risk Network and organize and coordinate...
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