SAR invites network institutions to celebrate academic freedom and university values by organizing “Courage to Think” dialogues or other events on campus. A one-on-one dialogue with a local leader or faculty member, or a visiting SAR scholar or other guest, is an easy, effective way to open a discussion about the importance of defending the space for thinking, creativity and expression in society. What challenges did the subject experience in advancing ideas? What kind of resistance did he or she have to overcome? What can others learn from that experience? These simple dialogues can help participants appreciate the opportunities we enjoy as members of higher education communities and inspire people to defend those opportunities for others.
STEP-BY-STEP: Identify an audience -- a class, department, student club, center or institute, or other. Identify an interviewee -- a faculty member working on an issue that seemed risky or unlikely to produce results; a community member whose life experience or studies has exposed him or her to violations of human rights or academic freedom issues; a writer or journalist whose articles or books have triggered a backlash; a SAR scholar at the institution or available through the SAR Speaker Series; or anyone who has shown dedication to advancing ideas against unwarranted resistance. Select an interviewer -- local experts, media, student leaders or SAR committee members. Publicize the event and make arrangements to record it (even a basic recording is better than nothing). Remember to share! Let Scholars at Risk know you are planning an event and share the recording and any advertisements and post-event media with SAR for sharing with the network.
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