Around the world, the space for free inquiry and expression is shrinking. Scholars at Risk is bringing faculty, students and other higher education community members together to discuss global and regional academic freedom climates and to develop solutions that strengthen the university space.

Scholars who have escaped attacks on their life and wellbeing visit member institutions as part of SAR’s Scholar Speaker Series to share their story and discuss the importance of academic freedom. SAR also convenes researchers, academics and students for more extensive dialogue and planning around academic freedom and other pressing issues at workshops and conferences, including SAR’s biennial Congress. Out of these workshops and conferences, SAR has coordinated working groups of scholars and researchers who conduct collaborative research related to academic freedom and higher education, including wrongful prosecutions and protecting student expression. SAR has also produced a massive open online course (MOOC), “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters,” which explores the meaning of academic freedom and how it relates to core higher education and societal values.

To access SAR research and learning materials, please visit our resources page.