Scholars at Risk Ottawa
About the Program
The University of Ottawa and Carleton University joined the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network in 2014. They will co-host a scholar through the program based on one-year appointments.
Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide. The network protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in the network.
Scholars at Risk's work is rooted in the principle of academic freedom--the freedom to pursue scholarship and research without discrimination, censorship, intimidation, or violence. SAR aims to bring scholars facing severe human rights abuses in their home region to positions at universities, colleges and research centers in any safe country.
Scholars at Risk began in the Human Rights Program of the University of Chicago in 1999. The Network launched with a major international conference at the university in June 2000. In 2003, the network headquarters relocated from the University of Chicago to the Greenwich Village campus of New York University. Since the network’s launch over 10 years ago, more than 400 scholars have found sanctuary and hundreds more have benefited from these and other services. In return, scholars contribute to their host communities through teaching, research, lectures and other activities.
- In June 2016, the network met in Montreal for the 15th Global Congress. A report (only in English) with the main takeaways was issued in September 2016.
- To learn more about the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Program, you can watch this video.
- Visit Carleton’s SAR Program website.
- To contact the SAR Program at uOttawa, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give to the SAR Ottawa Program
Contributions to the SAR program at the University of Ottawa can be made by going to Giving to uOttawa
SAR Ottawa Events
- December 8, 2016 - Academic Freedom in a Volatile World | 3:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX570 (57 Louis Pasteur), University of Ottawa
- November 9, 2016 - Keynote Session on Science, Human Rights and Academic Freedom with speakers: Irwin Cotler, Homa Hoodfar, Ian Semeniuk and Viviana Fernandez | 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference
- June 8-10, 2016 - Scholars at Risk Network 2016 Global Congress | View the presentations on YouTube | McGill University
- June 2016 - SAR released the first Free to Think report, done by their Academic Freedom Monitoring Project which documented attacks on higher education communities in 65 countries from January 2011 to May 2015. The group launched Free to Think 2016 focussing on reports from 35 countries, from May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016.
- April 12, 2016 - Capital Punishment in China and Iran: Current Practices and Prospects for Reform | 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Cornell Law School
- March 30, 2016 - Meet Our Scholar at Risk - Hossein Raeesi | 4 to 5 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX570
- February 25, 2016 - Readings from Banned and Challenged Materials as part of the Freedom to Read Week 2016 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Carleton University
- February 11, 2016 - The Refugee Crisis and Mental Health | 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX147
- February 2, 2016 - Meet our Scholar | 1 to 2 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX570
- November 30, 2015 - Challenges of Human Rights Defenders | 6 to 8:30 p.m. | 2017 Dunton Tower (1125 Colonel By Drive) | Carleton University
- November 19, 2015 - Law, Nation and Sexuality: A Critical Dialogue - Event organized by the University of Ottawa LGBTQA Law Students Association | 5:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX359 | uOttawa
- October 21, 2015 - Death Penalty: Current Reflexions | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX147A | uOttawa
- September 16, 2015 - Presentation to the Risk and Insurance Management Society in Ottawa
- March 4, 2015 - Je suis Scholar