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Call for Pledges: A Future for Syria's Scholars

October 6, 2015 -- The crisis in Syria continues and deepens, and a record numbers of threatened Syrian scholars, students and intellectuals are reaching out to Scholars at Risk for help. As an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to defending threatened academics, we can protect these scholars and the intellectual capital needed to restore the region when the violence eventually subsides.

Join our efforts to help Syrian scholars continue their academic work in safety. Pledge to host a Syrian scholar today.

#StateVisit campaign calls on China to release scholars-in-prison

September 22, 2015 -- Today marks the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United States for his first official state visit. For Scholars at Risk, his visit is especially important as it coincides not only with the anniversary of Chinese-Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti's sentencing, but also the "biggest crackdown" on human rights defenders, scholars, and activists since the 1980s. In light of this, please join SAR in raising awareness about the shrinking space for the freedom to think in China.

Visit SAR's #StateVisit campaign page to take action now.

Academic freedom under threat in Venezuela

Rodolfo Churion, Universidad Metropolitan
July 30, 2015 -- In Venezuela, the university space is shrinking. Government policies are creating a man-made disaster with the potential to affect the quality of the country's higher education system and the lives of its scholars, students, and society for generations. From faculty members self-censoring over social media to government-controlled university admissions, from travel restrictions on professors to threats against students demonstrating their rights to free expression and public assembly, Venezuela is facing nothing short of a freeze on academic freedom.

In University Values, professors Benjamin Scharifker and Angelina Jaffé of the Universidad Metropolitana offer a jarring account of the ongoing threats to academic freedom in their country. Learn more.

SAR releases Free to Think, a path-breaking report on the crisis of attacks on higher education

June 23, 2015 -- At the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Scholars at Risk released Free to Think, the first report of its kind demonstrating the alarming frequency and scope of attacks on scholars, students and other members of higher education communities worldwide.

The report, which culminates four years of monitoring and reporting from SAR staff and researchers around the world, analyzes 333 attacks on higher education arising from 247 verified incidents in 65 countries between January 2011 and May 2015.

“Attacks on universities and colleges are occurring with alarming frequency,” says Rob Quinn, SAR's Executive Director. “We hope this report will inspire everyone to do more to protect higher education and the freedom to think,” says Mr. Quinn.

Learn more and read the report.

Save the date!
2016 Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress
June 7-10, 2016

Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Hosted by the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

Scholars at Risk and the McGill University Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism announce the scheduling of the 2016 Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress for June 7-10, 2016 in Montreal.  The 2016 event 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. The Global Congress is the place where network members connect with partners from around the world, share experiences of hosting at-risk scholars, learn about new activities for faculty and students, and discuss strategies for meeting the challenges of protecting academic freedom.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us there!  For more information, visit the conference page.

SAR News Headlines SAR Events

06/23/2015, SAR releases Free to Think At the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Scholars at Risk released Free to Think, the first report of its kind demonstrating the alarming frequency and scope of attacks on scholars, students and other members of higher education...
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05/08/2015, We've Got Your Back Sometimes college and university leaders try to avoid the spotlight when a faculty member is under attack.
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05/05/2015, Take It Down Should U of Minnesota have investigated and questioned the judgment of professors whose poster promoting a panel discussion on the Charlie Hebdo murders offended Muslim students?
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06/03/2015, SAR Faculty/Researcher Development Workshop SAR will hold a Faculty/Researcher Development Workshop to introduce representatives of SAR member institutions, sections and partner networks to SAR academic freedom research and advocacy projects
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05/28/2015, SAR at NAFSA SAR's Margaret Coons will be at this year's NAFSA conference in Boston, MA. Contact Margaret to set up a meeting at
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05/05/2015, Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) International Relations Officer Meeting SAR Program Assistant Margaret Coons will present on ethics in international partnerships at this annual meeting. If you will be attending the meeting or are based in Vilnius, please let us know; write...
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