“Afghan chemists are afraid and uncertain.” A piece by Andrea Widener for Chemical and Engineering News. A year ago, women chemists in Afghanistan were excited about the future. Young girls had started to think they didn’t have to be teachers
A piece by Marcelo Vinicius Miranda Barros for Le Monde diplomatique. The constant Brazilian academic decline has taken on a proportion that Scholars at Risk (SAR) formally demanded attention from the United Nations (UN) on the subject. Read the full piece.
A piece by Iryna Zenyuk, for UCI News. Reflections from Iryna Zenyuk, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Feb. 24, 2022, was a regular day in the lab for me, with a proposal review panel and meetings – nothing extraordinary.
A piece by Michele Catanzaro for Nature. From Syria to Ukraine, Italian universities have set up projects to host displaced scholars. Now they need to look beyond the emergency and offer systematic solutions, experts say. In Trento, Ghanya Al-Naqueb extracts
A piece by Dalmeet Singh Chawla for The New York Times. A campaign is circulating a list of dozens of researchers in the hopes they will be denied the prestige of election into the Russian Academy of Sciences. Some academic researchers
A piece by Fiona McIntyre for Research Professional News A look at schemes in Europe and beyond that aim to help researchers in danger Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, universities across Europe have been looking at how to
After escaping a war-torn Ukraine and the now besieged Kyiv, a young Ukrainian couple landed in Hollywood, away from the violence, although only for a few days. “It’s very hard to even imagine that you might not have a home
A piece by Alex Nadirashvili for Brown Daily Herald. The University is currently working with partner organizations such as Scholars at Risk and the New University in Exile Consortium “to provide a safe academic home” for Ukrainian scholars displaced by the ongoing Russian invasion, according
A Q/A by Vanessa Frangville and Gwennaël Gaffric, for Transtext(e)sTranscultures’s special issue “Academic Freedom in a Global Context: Challenges and Perspectives.” VF & GG: We often hear that academic freedom, like other “universal values”, is a western-centric concept and that
A piece by Simon Baker, for Times Higher Education: The Ukraine war has led to unprecedented curtailment of academic ties, but could breaking off all relations with Russia cause further problems? The sheer brutality of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
A piece by Jaclyn Severance, for UConn Today. A journalist and activist, Marvi Sirmed faces threats of violence in her home country of Pakistan, but has found safety and academic freedom through UConn’s unique and longstanding partnership with the Scholars
A series of pieces in University World News on Free to Think 2021, SAR’s report tracing attacks on higher education communities around the world. The report analyzes 332 attacks on higher education communities in 65 countries and territories around the world
A feature by Kristina Bye for Khrono on Abdulghani Muthanna, a SAR Scholar at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Muthanna describes Yemen, his family’s new life in Norway, and his search for a permanent position. “It is one
A piece by Sebastian Faber for Revista Contexto on cancel culture and threats against academic freedom. SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn describes political interventions directed at universities, as well as how academic freedom is a human right. Read more here.
SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn spoke with ABC Radio National about the developing situation in Afghanistan and how the recent takeover by the Taliban has impacted higher education in the country. Listen to the episode here.