Shirin Ebadi to Launch Scholars at Risk in Ireland
On 22 September 2009 the Scholars at Risk network will launch its Irish presence with a launch and lecture at 4.30 pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. The Irish network is supported by Universities Ireland and the lecture will be delivered by Nobel laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi.(Right)
SAR is an international organisation based in NYU that aims to protect academics who are at risk in their home countries because of their research and scholarship. According to the SAR website:
Scholars at Risk members save lives by providing sanctuary to professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals who suffer threats in their home country. Through temporary academic positions, SAR members help scholars to escape dangerous conditions and to continue their important work. In return, scholars contribute to their host campuses through teaching, research, lectures and other activities. Many scholars return to their home countries after their visits. When safe return is not possible, SAR staff works with scholars to identify opportunities to continue their work abroad. The benefits are clear: Scholars are free to live and work without fear. SAR members gain talented academics and inspiring, courageous educators. The world benefits from solidarity among universities, greater awareness of current threats to academic freedom, and deeper appreciation of the vital role of higher education and scholarship in free societies.
Early registration for the launch and lecture is advised and can, of course, be done online.
Universities Ireland is to be commended for its support of Scholars at Risk, a move that shows Irish universities’ commitment to academic freedom here and abroad.