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The Scholars at Risk Speaker Series is a wonderful opportunity for network institutions to bring to campus one or more diverse, interesting, courageous scholars, each with a powerful and unique story to share. Through these events, campus communities and the public learn about threats to academic freedom and attacks on scholars as well as the scholar’s own academic work and experiences.
2015-2016 Speaker Series Lists
For descriptions of speakers available within your region, please see the following links:
The SAR Speaker Series Handbook provides guidance for planning events for at-risk scholars, including advice on security and confidentiality concerns, publicity, and other topics.
Carleton University and University of Ottawa, Canada
On March 4th, 2015, Carleton University and University of Ottawa jointly celebrated the launch of the Scholars at Risk program on their campuses with a kickoff event, ‘Je Suis Scholar.” The celebration featured talks by a scholar of international relations from Kyrgyzstan and a scholar of journalism from Zimbabwe. These scholars spoke about academic freedom challenges in their home countries as well as their experiences as refuge academics through the Scholars at Risk program.
Swedish Speaker Series Tour
In December 2014, the Swedish SAR section coordinated a speaker series tour at Lund University, University of Gothenburg, and Malmö University. The Speaker Series tour featured a SAR scholar of gender studies and linguistics from Pakistan, who spoke about gender, education, and academic freedom issues in Pakistan. The speaker series tour also included talks by university faculty on freedom of speech, academic thinking and expressions of art, and presentations from SAR staff about Scholars at Risk’s global activities.
For press coverage of the event at Malmö University, please see: http://mah.se/english/News/News-2014/Threatened-scholar-speaks-on-academic-freedom/ .
Franklin & Marshall College, United States
Celebrating International Women's Week, Franklin & Marshall College's SAR committee invited a SAR female scholar of theatre and human rights from Syria to deliver a keynote address on March 20th, 2014. During her address, entitled "Theatre for Social Justice in Syria," the scholar discussed Arab theatre and human rights in the arts, as well as women's organizations in the Arab world.
More information is available in the college's press release: http://www.fandm.edu/news/article/scholar-at-risk-naila-al-atrash-to-give-talk-at-f-m-international-women-s-week.