San Diego State University recently joined Scholars at Risk, an international network that provides sanctuary to academics who face threats in their home countries.
Irakli Kakabadaze, a participant in the Scholars at RIsk program, will speak about his experiences at SDSU in November.
Around the world outspoken scholars are under attack by governments attempting to limit access to information and new ideas.
San Diego State University has joined Scholars at Risk, an international network of universities committed to defending and supporting the rights of scholars.
The Scholars at Risk network provides sanctuary to academics who face threats in their home countries. Through temporary academic positions, Scholars at Risk member universities help scholars escape dangerous conditions and continue their important work.
In return, scholars contribute to their host campuses through teaching, research, lectures and other activities.
“SDSU fully supports the goals of Scholars at Risk,” said Mark Freeman, chair of the SDSU Senate Freedom of Expression Committee and the campus representative for the international organization.
"Threats to academic freedom and freedom of expression don’t respect borders," he said. "We need to speak out, raise awareness and support our colleagues who have risked so much defending our shared values.”
A personal testament
Professor Irakli Kakabadaze, a human-rights activist, was arrested multiple times by both Soviet and Georgian authorities, and was placed at Cornell by Scholars at Risk.
On Nov. 13, professor Kakabadaze will vist SDSU and present his work, which explores creative ways to overcome deep-rooted conflicts.