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Scholars at Risk and its Executive Director Robert Quinn have received awards and distinctions in recognition of SAR’s work to protect scholars and promote academic freedom, including:
Scholar at Risk was honored with the annual academic freedom award of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Founded in 1966, MESA is the preeminent organization in the field with nearly 3000 members worldwide. The award was in recognition of SAR’s “particularly noteworthy contribution to the defense of academic freedom” and in particular “efforts in support of Syrian higher education institutions and faculty in the context of the on-going civil war.” SAR shared the honor with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund.
Scholars at Risk was granted Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in 2013 and Consultative Status with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2012.
Robert Quinn and Scholars at Risk received the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize, for 2012 for “his relentless work to protect the human rights of academics and for having inspired and engaged others to stress the importance of academic freedom.”
Scholars at Risk’s Executive Director Robert Quinn was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, USA, a founding SAR member, for “unwavering commitment to social justice, the free exchange of ideas, the interconnectedness of life in a global society” and for building SAR into a global leader in protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom.
Scholars at Risk was honored with the annual human rights prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Established in 1848, the AAAS includes some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The award was in “recognition of their tireless advocacy on behalf of scientific freedom and human rights of scientists worldwide.” SAR shared the award with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund.