Scholars at Risk uOttawa
About the Program
The University of Ottawa joined the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network in 2014.
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. The University of Ottawa and Carleton University partnered on this initiative between 2014 and 2017 and co-hosted two scholars during this period. Both institutions are collaborating actively to promote the SAR Program in the region and the country.
- In June 2015, SAR released the first Free to Think, a report of their Academic Freedom Monitoring Project which documents attacks on higher education communities.The network has since released yearly updates for 2016, 2017 and launched the Free to Think 2018. uOttawa is contributing to this effort, through the monitoring of six countries in the Americas through its Human Rights Clinic (project began in January 2018).
- 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. In April 2018, Caroline Faucher, HRREC's Communications and Events Management Officer, and Assistant Director Viviana Fernandez represented uOttawa at the SAR 2018 Global Congress in Berlin (read the Summary Report of the Conference).
- Viviana Fernandez was interviewed by Globalisation Café on the topic of Academic freedom, what is it? why is it important? and where is it most at risk? Listen to the podcast here. Viviana is the Assistant Director at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa (uOttawa). She represents The University in the Steering Committee of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network – Canada Section since 2016 and in the SAR’s International Advisory Committee.
- Spotlight on “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters”: This SAR spotlight presents an edited interview with SAR scholars, students, faculty and administrators who have taken the free massive open online course (MOOC) “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters” to hear firsthand what they learned.
- To learn more about the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Program, you can watch this video.
- To contact the SAR Program at uOttawa, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SAR uOttawa Events
- November 21, 2018 - Academic Freedom under Attack: The Cases of Venezuela, Turkey & Nicaragua | 5 p.m. | Vanier Hall - VNR1050 (136 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private) | University of Ottawa
- September 27, 2018 - Book Launch - Poverty Alleviation and Poverty of Aid: Pakistan | 5:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- May 10, 2018 - Academic Freedom in Venezuela: Crisis Affecting Scholars and Students | University of Ottawa | By invitation only.
- April 23 to 26, 2018 - Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress | Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
- April 5, 2018 - Minority Languages in Iran from the Perspective of Language Rights: The Kurdish Case | 1 p.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- March 9, 2018 - Meet Rahim Surkhi, Scholar at Risk Hosted at uOttawa | 11:30 a.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- December 11, 2017 - Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Parliament Hill
This annual event is organized by the Steering Committee of our Canadian Section with the support of Gary Anandasangaree (Liberal MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park), Peter Kent (Conservative MP for Thornhill) and Murray Rankin (NDP MP for Victoria). On this day, we recognize the work that SAR does in protecting scholars and advocating for academic freedom. The event included a luncheon in the Parliamentary restaurant with remarks from Dr. Surkhi, a SAR Scholar hosted by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
- November 2, 2017 - Protecting Academic Freedom at Home and Abroad | 5:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX302 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- November 2, 2017 - Panel on "Science at Risk" on the importance of science and its contributions to inform public policy and what can Canada do to counter some of the most dangerous trends within the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2017.
- December 8, 2016 - Academic Freedom in a Volatile World | 3:30 p.m. | Fauteux Hall - FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- December 8, 2016 - Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) Recognized at the Canadian Parliament | 10:30 a.m. | Canadian Parliament (RCR Building - 1 Wellington Street, Room C-180)
- 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 - In June 2015, SAR released the first Free to Think, a report of their Academic Freedom Monitoring Project which documented attacks on higher education communities in 65 countries from January 2011 to May 2015.The network has since released Free to Think 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 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- 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 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- February 2, 2016 - Meet our Scholar | 1 to 2 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- 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 (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- October 21, 2015 - Death Penalty: Current Reflexions | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Fauteux Hall, FTX147A (57 Louis-Pasteur Private) | University of Ottawa
- September 16, 2015 - Presentation to the Risk and Insurance Management Society in Ottawa
- March 4, 2015 - Je suis Scholar