On August 13, 2019, SAR wrote to Chinese officials urging them to immediately halt the execution of Dr. Tashpolat Tiyip, a renowned scholar of geography and former president of Xinjiang University (XJU).
SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn sat down with The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Megan Zahneis to talk about SAR’s latest Free to Think report, responses to attacks on higher education worldwide, and how university communities can teach academic freedom.
“My father was trying to be a peaceful bridge between Han Chinese and Uyghurs,” said Jewher Ilham. “He never advocated for independence, never advocated for violence.” In this SAR Spotlight, we feature Ilham, the daughter of imprisoned scholar Ilham Tohti.
In this SAR Spotlight, we spoke with Professor Mayda Hočevar about how current humanitarian and political crises are impacting the quality of higher education in Venezuela and recent efforts to advocate for academic freedom and institutional autonomy in Latin America.
“I realised that I had been cheated by the Chinese government,” legal scholar Teng Biao said describing his drive to pursue a career in human rights law.
In this SAR Spotlight, we speak with Dr. Adrian of Carleton University on her involvement with SAR, including her efforts to build SAR Canada, establish a national program to bring at-risk scholars to Canada, and engage students in advocacy.
“We in Syria were living in a big prison, without freedom, without good education, without good quality of life, without any desire of development,” says Dr. Kassem Alsayed Mahmoud, a food science and agricultural engineering researcher.
Ethiopian blogger and academic, Zelalem Kibret, was raised in a country where living in silence or speaking your mind was often a choice between life and death.
In this spotlight, we feature SAR scholar Dr. Felix Kaputu and his experiences with academic freedom both in his home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in classrooms around the world.
This month, Scholars at Risk honors International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD, celebrated every year on March 8, provides time to reflect on the progress made for women’s rights, to call for improvements in inequality, and to celebrate women pushing for
In August, we spoke with Professor Adam Braver, Library Program Director and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Roger Williams University (RWU), about his leadership in supporting SAR’s Student Advocacy Seminars. In this spotlight, we check in with his team
In this SAR spotlight, we present an edited interview with SAR scholars, students, faculty and administrators who have taken “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters” to hear firsthand what they learned. These participants include SAR partners as well as those
In this SAR Spotlight, we speak with Professor Adam Braver on SAR membership, his efforts to establish the SAR-USA section, and plans for Roger Williams University to become a field office for the development and support of US-based Student Advocacy Seminars.
In this SAR Spotlight, Dr. Hanadi Ibrahim discusses how her life and career were impacted by the ongoing Syrian conflict and what it means to her to restart her career in academia in Canada.
Dr. Hünler discusses her work on the massive open online course (MOOC) "Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters," her personal experience with threats to academic freedom, and what she hopes learners will gain from the course.