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We recommend making travel arrangements as soon as possible, as the Grand Prix Montreal runs from June 10-13.

2014 Congress

The SAR Network 2016 Global Congress will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Scholars at Risk Network and the collective efforts of network members and partners protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom worldwide. Over the years, the network has grown from fewer than two dozen institutions to over 400 in 39 countries.

At the Congress, more than 200 university, government and nonprofit leaders, faculty, staff, students and advocates from 25 countries will come together to discuss seminal issues facing higher education today. Congress participants will discuss how to do more to protect universities and scholars in these challenging times, and to strengthen the capacity of the university sector to contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The 2016 Congress will provide global SAR network members—and prospective new members and partners—a special opportunity to engage with Canadian and other North American SAR members, as well as to enjoy all the cultural, historical and natural features that Montreal offers.

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Congress hosts include:



Preliminary Program (subject to change)

All events at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Pre-Meetings and Workshops by invitation, contact SAR for more information

Tuesday, June 7
09:00 -
Protecting Student Expression Workshop
Monitoring & Prosecutions Workshop
Wednesday, June 8
Canada Section Meeting Other Section Meetings

Promoting Values in
International Partnerships

11:00 Joint meeting of all SAR sections and partner networks

2016 Global Congress

Wednesday, June 8
13:00 -
Activity Expo
Courage to Think Dialogues
15:30 -
Welcome, Keynote Speaker, Opening Plenary
18:30 -
Evening Reception
 Thursday, June 9
08:30 -
Activity Expo and Networking
09:45 Opening Plenary
10:15 Protecting Student Expression

Supporting higher education communities in and from conflict zones

11:45 Wrongful Prosecutions
Promoting Values in
International Partnerships
13:15 Lunch
14:30 Centerpiece Dialogue - Values in International Partnerships: Challenges & Opportunities
16:30 -
Whose voices? Whose values?
Academic freedom, civility and inclusive campus discourse
Academic Freedom Threats
in Canada and the US
18:30 -
Reception and dinner
Friday, June 10
09:00 -
Activity Expo and Networking
10:30 -
SAR Network Membership Meeting
12:30 -
Lunch and Departure




Preliminary Speakers



Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson, a specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa, was most recently the president of The American University in Cairo, stepping down in December 2015. She previously served as dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


Jonathan Becker

Jonathan Becker is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and vice president for international affairs and civic engagement at Bard College. He is also an associate professor of political studies specializing in Russian and eastern European politics, media and politics, and education reform.


Nathalie Des Rosiers

Nathalie Des Rosiers is a dean and professor of law at University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a well known constitutional law expert and previously served as the General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).


Adam Habib

Adam Habib is the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist.


Emad Shahin

Emad Shahin is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics. A prolific author, he has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and has more than 50 scholarly publications.


John Shattuck

John Shattuck is president and rector of Central European University in Hungary. His distinguished career spans more than three decades and includes positions in higher education, international diplomacy, foreign policy and human rights.




We recommend making travel arrangements as soon as possible. Due to the Grand Prix Montreal, which runs from June 10-13, availability at many hotels is already very limited.



Recommended Hotel

Please note all rates are in $CAD

We recommend Congress registrants make reservations at the Residence Inn Montreal Downtown and have arranged the following discounted rates for Congress attendees:

6-8 June (Monday-Wednesday): $219 CAD
9 June (Thursday): $299 CAD

These rates do not include applicable taxes (3.5% hotel tax, 5% provincial tax, and 9.975% GST ). Please note that due to the high demand during Gran Prix weekend, hotel reservations for Thursday night are non-refundable. To make a reservation as part of the Congress block, please call the hotel directly at 514-982-6064 or 1-888-999-9494 and mention Scholars at Risk when booking.

Additional hotel options:

McGill University has special arrangements with a few downtown hotels located within walking distance of the main campus. Guest rooms are available at reduced prices to anyone connected to the university: staff, students, visitors, etc. Mention McGill University when making reservations by phone

Delta Montreal Hotel
475 President Kennedy Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1J7
Tel.: 514-286-1986 / 1-877-286-1986
Fax: 514-284-4342

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2N3
Tel: 514-285-9000
Fax: 514-289-1155
Toll Free Number in North America - 877-285-9001

Château Versailles
1659 Sherbrooke St. West (north side)
Montreal, QC H3A 1B4
Tel: 514-933-8111 / 1-888-933-8111
Fax: 514-933-6967
Official McGill link

Meridien Versailles-Montréal
1808 Sherbrooke St. West (south side)
Montreal, QC H3A 1B4
Tel.: 514-933-8111 / 1-888-933-8111
Fax: 514-933-6867

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 rue Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC H3A 2R6
Tel.: 514-284-1110

New Residence Hall
3625 Avenue du Parc
Montreal, QC H2X 3P8
Tel.: 514-398-3471
Fax: 514-398-4521




Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Exceptions to this new eTA requirement include 1) U.S. citizens, and 2) travellers with a valid visa. Please note that U.S. permanent residents are not covered by this exception and will need an eTA to travel to Canada after March 15, 2016.

For more information on this new regulation and for general visa information, including visa processing times, please visit the Canadian Government's Immigration Website.




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