Scholars at Risk Network: Free online course on why academic freedom matters

Scholars at Risk Defending the human rights of scholars and protecting academic freedom worldwide
*The course begins 29 October on FutureLearn. **Register today*


Scholars and students around the world ask questions; questions about the 
environment; questions about health; questions about poverty and
development; questions about justice; questions about truth. And the
answers to these questions affect all of society.

But sometimes asking questions can be dangerous. Academic freedom protects
the right to ask sensitive, even dangerous questions. Not just scholars'
questions, but the freedom for you to think and ask questions that really

This course is designed for students and staff in higher education, and is
also relevant for anyone interested in asking critical questions. In its
first run in June the course brought together participants from 98
countries. Join our global conversation about academic freedom


The MOOC features interactive quizzes, discussion forums, animations, and
video lectures through which participants explore what academic freedom is,
and why it matters not only to scholars, but to all of society.
Polls and Quizzes*

Test your understanding of academic freedom against other learners and see
where you agree and disagree on key questions.

Take a poll »

Animations follow fictionalized accounts of a professor, a student, and a
university administration as they ask “dangerous questions,” and ask
learners to consider how they would respond.

View video »
*T**estimonials *

Scholars from North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East talk about
the direct and indirect threats to academic freedom.

video »

Rob Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk, and Dr. Olga Hünler, a
Philipp Schwartz Initiative Fellow at the University of Bremen in Germany,
take learners through the three-week course.

View video »

**The Academic Refuge project
to improve the capacity of European universities to assist refugees and
threatened academics on campus and to promote understanding and respect for
higher education values. Partners include the University of Oslo, the UNICA
network, the University of Ljubljana and Scholars at Risk. The European
University Association (EUA), the European Association of International
Education (EAIE), Al-Fanar Media, and University World News are associate
partners on the project.*
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Scholars at Risk is an independent not-for-profit corporation, hosted at
New York University. Our international network of institutions and
individuals shares a mission to protect threatened scholars, promote
academic freedom, and prevent attacks on higher education communities
around the world.

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