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.
"SAR implicitly demands that people work through problems in very beautiful ways – ways that call upon, challenge, and interpret ideas, while bringing ethics and politics into the arena."
Herman Winick, Professor Emeritus in the Applied Physics Department of Stanford University and Assistant Director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) division of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), has worked tirelessly on behalf of human rights throughout his
"[The Ethiopian government] wants us to live in this fear-stricken environment, believing that you can go back [to prison] at any time. And you have to censor yourself... So I contacted SAR through their website and finally it worked.”
"[Theater] opens possibilities for asking the questions that should be asked. We, Syrians, now are in need more than any time in the past to ask the right questions."
"Especially in these extraordinary times, it is ever more important to defend the core values of higher education all over the world."
Chris Tatara (Illinois Wesleyan University, Class of 2014) describes the impact working with SAR has had on his life, as well as the impact he has had on SAR.
“I dream everyday of returning to my homeland, […] a homeland that respects minds and thinkers…”
“With the continued support and dedication of universities in the SAR network, I am where I am today: I am safe and able to contribute to my academic field.”
“The Director of Prisons told me that I was no longer a professor. He told me to forget my name. He said that when I die, they would just throw me away.”