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Speaker Series

The Scholars at Risk Speaker Series offers an opportunity to educate campus communities and the public about threats to academic freedom and attacks on scholars. Hosting an event is an excellent way to promote academic freedom and get your institution involved with Network activities. Join us this season and invite to your campus one or more diverse, interesting, courageous scholars, each with a powerful and unique story to share.

Speaker Series - Regional Initiative

In an effort to expand the reach and impact of the SAR Speaker Series, Scholars at Risk seeks to partner with groups of higher education institutions in the same city, region or country to organize multiple events on the various participating campuses during a multi-day tour through the Speaker Series - Regional Initiative. SAR seeks lead campuses to help organize regional events, select an appropriate scholar-speaker and to identify partner institutions. 

Organizing a regional SAR Speaker Series is a good way to reduce the time and money needed to host events on your campus, and because multiple events in the same region is more efficient, Scholars at Risk is able to share in the costs of getting the scholar to the region. Scholars at Risk will provide funding for the scholar’s travel and accommodations during the tour (up to agreed limits); work with the lead campus to identify scholars and address scheduling, budget and other options; and provide advice and guidance throughout the event preparation period (including providing copies of SAR’s Speaker Series Handbook to participating campuses).

For more details on the regional Speaker Series, including step-by-step planning instructions and additional information on the roles of SAR, the lead campus and partner campuses, please click here. For additional information or to explore serving as a lead campus, please contact the SAR network office. 

Speaker Series Handbook

Scholars at Risk is pleased to provide institutions interested in participating in the Speaker Series with information, advice and best practices for inviting scholars to speak on campus. 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. Click here to access the PDF version of the handbook and to learn more.

Speaker Series Events

Each event is tailored to fit the schedule and interests of the host campus. A visit may include a lecture, panel, workshop, informal seminar or some combination, and may last from a few hours to one or more days. In most cases, a scholar assisted by the Scholars at Risk Network visits an institution and may spend time discussing both their academic work and their experiences as formerly threatened scholars. The SAR network office will help coordinate these activities and ensure that the event fits your campus needs. For more information on organizing a Speaker Series event, please see the Speaker Series Handbook available here.

Selecting a Speaker

Please visit our Invite A Speaker page to view a list of current Speaker Series scholars. For more information on these scholars, please Contact SAR.

Examples of past events

Clark University, USA launches participation in Scholars at Risk with Speaker Series panel

On April 11, 2011, two SAR scholars spoke at Clark University at an event to launch Clark’s membership in the SAR Network. The Office of the Provost, the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the departments of Political Science, Sociology, and International Development, Community and Environment, the International Studies Stream, Women's and Gender Studies, and Peace Studies all came together to sponsor the panel discussion.

Entitled “Academic Freedom in the Middle East and Beyond: Supporting Scholars at Risk," the event featured a panel discussion with SAR scholar and Syrian human rights researcher and advocate Radwan Ziadeh, SAR scholar and Iranian women’s rights activist Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, and Clark University history professor and Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies Taner Akcam. 

Clark University joined Scholars at Risk in February 2011. The university quickly formed a committee to share responsibility for determining Clark's involvement in Scholars at Risk; the committee soon began planning for this event. For more information about the event, please view Clark University's press release here.

 

SAR Scholars speak at launch of new institute at Centennial College, Canada

On October 20th, 2009, two SAR scholars spoke at Centennial College, the first community college in Canada to join the Scholars at Risk network. On this date, Centennial College demonstrated its commitment to equity and social justice with the launch of the college’s new Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity. The Institute is designed to initiate and support research on global citizenship and social justice.

SAR scholars Dr. Moain Sadeq and Ms. Naba Saleem Hamid were invited to speak at the event about aspects of global citizenship and equity. Dr. Sadeq, a SAR visiting professor at the University of Toronto, discussed the cultural legacy of the ancient Middle East, and Ms. Saleem Hamid, a former professor of Parasitology and Invertebrate Biology at the University of Baghdad, spoke about women's and children's rights in Iraq.

“My goal for the Institute is for it to become a world class center for innovation and research on global citizenship and a cradle of community and global engagement,” stated Dr. Eva Aboagye, Senior Researcher at the Institute and primary SAR representative for Centennial College. “One of the ways we are hoping to engage the world is through the Scholars at Risk Network. During the launch we had the opportunity to listen to two [SAR] scholars. The knowledge and perspectives they brought to the launch were deeply appreciated.”

Centennial College in Ontario joined the SAR network in May 2009. At the launch event, College President Ann Buller stated that she hopes Centennial College will be able to host a SAR scholar this year.

For more information about the launch of the Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity, please visit the Centennial College website or view a webcast of the event.

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