Academic Freedom: A Conversation with Robert Quinn

Our meeting on 2/11/21 from 4 – 5 pm will be on the subject of Academic Freedom: What it is and what it isn’t. Our guest speaker will be Robert Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk 

We encourage you to read this article by Mr. Quinn before the meeting—and-define—academic-freedom#.X_jV7S2cbHc. He will speak to the gathered group for 20 minutes or so and then he’ll take questions that will facilitate our future discussions about Academic Freedom at Virginia Tech.

Our speaker on Feb. 11, 4 – 5 pm will be Robert Quinn who is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, an independent not-for-profit corporation based at New York University. Mr. Quinnformerly served as a member of the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy; Executive Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund; on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), based in London, UK; a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Scientific Committee of Pax Academica, an online journal on academic freedom in Africa published by CODESRIA from Dakar, Senegal; a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, DC. He received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1988, a J.D. cum laude from Fordham in 1994, and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. In 2012, Mr. Quinn and Scholars at Risk received the University of Oslo’s human rights award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize, for “relentless work to protect the human rights of academics and for having inspired and engaged others to stress the importance of academic freedom.”

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