• Summary

  • Free to Think features conversation with interesting, thoughtful, and inspiring individuals whose research, teaching, or expression falls at the always sensitive intersection of power and ideas. We'll be speaking with those who have the courage to seek truth and speak truth, often at great risk, as well as with those who support them and share their stories. Free to Think is a podcast presented by Scholars at Risk, where we celebrate people with the courage to think, question, and share ideas. For information on membership, activities, or donating to Scholars at Risk, visit www.scholarsatrisk.org.
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  • Higher Education for Democracy

    Sep 6 2021
    Free to Think talks with Dr. William Tierney, university professor emeritus and founding director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.
    He discusses his new book, Higher education for Democracy: The Role of the University in Civil Society, released by SUNY press in July 2021, in which he argues that beyond research, teaching, and preparing graduates for their future careers, the university community plays an important societal role.  In the face of a worldwide democratic recession, Tierney argues, "the university has to change its behavior, and be more involved in trying to support the basic tenants and organs of democracy."
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    34 mins
  • Free to Think Message on the Crisis in Afghanistan

    Aug 22 2021

    University scholars and students, public intellectuals, civil society leaders and human rights defenders across Afghanistan, especially women and ethnic and religious minorities, are in fear for their lives. None of them wore a uniform or got a government paycheck, but for the better part of twenty years these talented individuals have worked for a new, rights-respecting, forward-looking, and knowledge-based Afghanistan. They dedicated their lives to education, openness, and tolerance. Their lives are now at risk. 

    Institutions and individuals throughout the Scholars at Risk network and beyond have mobilized to offer temporary positions and other support to as many as possible. 

    • If you are at a higher education institution or other organization that might offer a position to a colleague from Afghanistan, please email ScholarsatRisk@nyu.edu
    • Please visit www.scholarsatrisk.org to support SAR's advocacy on behalf of Afghanistan, or to donate to SAR's urgent appeal for Afghanistan.

    In honor of our colleagues there, Free to Think is replaying our earlier conversation about Afghanistan. We will return with new episodes soon.

    More info @ https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/afghanistan_support/

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    37 mins
  • Beyond Solidarity: Bangladesh's Dr. Shuchi Karim on Being a SAR-Assisted Scholar

    Aug 8 2021
    Free to Think talks with Dr. Shuchi Karim, an academic, researcher, feminist and activist from Bangladesh. Her work on gender and sexuality brought her praise, and condemnation, forcing her into exile. On continuing her work despite threats, Shuchi notes "Fear does live with you, you know, not only for your sake, but your loved ones, because we are not isolated individuals.”  
    Shuchi shares her experience as a SAR-assisted scholar at universities in the Netherlands and Canada. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, where she has "nothing but praise" for her "amazing, amazing students."  
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    40 mins

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