10th anniversary conference & celebration
On October 3-4, 2011, Scholars at Risk marked our 10th anniversary by celebrating the extraordinary people and institutions that have done so much to help so many endangered scholars worldwide. The theme of the anniversary--“Courage to Think”--reminds us that we all have a role in defending the space in society for creativity, inquiry, and individual and shared expression even, and perhaps especially, when doing so carries risks, from ridicule and failure to imprisonment and even death. Exercising this role takes courage, and we celebrate those who have shown it. Many thanks to all the partners, member institution representatives, scholars, friends and activists who joined us for the 10th anniversary events, and to all who join us in celebrating the courage to think over the coming years. We look forward to continuing to build together a global movement for free inquiry, free expression, and human rights. Highlights of the conference included:
Participants included activists, intellectuals, academics and administrators from more than 21 countries—including Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe—and exiled and refugee scholars who have fled persecution in their home countries.
SAR Staff presents on membership issues, partner networks, speaker series, faculty participation, faculty research, advocacy work, and internships.
Courage to Think dialogues:
Gender and Blasphemy in Pakistan: Shemeem Abbas, Purchase College, SUNY with Mary Gordon, Barnard College
Democracy and Protest in Syria: Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University with Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University
Keynote dialogue and celebration:
Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Foundations
Jonathan Fanton, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Institute at Hunter College in New York
Academic freedom workshops:
Zifa Auezova, University of Amsterdam
Frederic Bernard, Université de Genève
Restrictions on the Right to Travel
Klaus Beiter, Max Plank Institute, Germany
Lami Bertan Tokuzlu, Istanbul Bilgi University
Wrongful Detention and Prosecution
Solomon Ebobrah, Niger Delta University
Terrance Karran, University of Lincoln, London, UK
Network-wide discussion of governance, advocacy, outreach, and strategic plan.
*Video Credit: Karin Vlietstra, University of Amsterdam.
Scholars at Risk's 'Courage to Think' campaign celebrates courageous individuals who advance ideas against resistance. Institutions are invited to get involved in the campaign through one or more of the following activities: