MEDIA ADVISORY: Academic Freedom in a Volatile World

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016

The University of Ottawa and Scholars at Risk invite members of the media to attend a panel discussion on the importance of academic freedom on December 8, 2016.

WHAT: Academic Freedom in a Volatile World public panel discussion

WHEN: December 8, 2016, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fauteux Hall, Room 147 (57 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa | map)

RSVP: Members of the media are asked to confirm their attendance by email to


  • Homa Hoodfar, professor, Concordia University
  • Irv Epstein,  Board Member, Scholars at Risk Network, and Ben and Susan Rhodes Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Michel Laurier, Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Ottawa

Around the world today, scholars are attacked because of their words, their ideas and their place in society. Those seeking power and control work to limit access to information and new ideas by targeting scholars, restricting academic freedom, and repressing research, publication, teaching and learning. 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. These goals are primarily achieved by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions for those forced to flee.

Media inquiries

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer

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