Anneke SmitLaw professor Anneke Smit is one of the presenters at an information session the University of Windsor’s participation in the Scholars at Risk program.

Session to share information on Scholars at Risk program

On Wednesday, April 17, Windsor Law will host an information session and lunch to raise awareness about the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Canada section and the University of Windsor’s participation in the program.

Scholars at Risk is an international network of academic institutions organized to support and protect threatened scholars around the world. SAR promotes academic freedom and works to protect scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty, and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in its network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.

The SAR-Canada Section, comprising over 20 university members, including the University of Windsor, exists to promote the same values, aims, and activities here in Canada. This year, the University of Windsor is hosting its first SAR Scholar, co-sponsored by the University, the Department of Political Science, and Windsor Law.

The event aims to share information about the global SAR network, different models of engagement at other Canadian universities, efforts to build a more institutionalized national SAR program, and to consider next steps to build a campus-wide SAR presence at the University of Windsor.

The information session will include presentations by:

  • Melanie Adrian, associate professor at Carleton University, chair of Carleton’s Scholars at Risk Committee, and founding chair of the National Steering Committee for SAR-Canada;
  • Anneke Smit, associate professor at Windsor Law and founding member of the National Steering Committee for SAR-Canada; and
  • Zeyyat Bandeoglu, the University of Windsor’s first and current visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Windsor Law and in the Department of Political Science.

The event is open to all faculty, staff and students at the University of Windsor, but attendees are asked to RSVP by email to For more information, visit Windsor Law’s website. Those interested in becoming involved in SAR UWindsor but unable to attend the event may register their interest at the above email address.

—Rachelle Prince

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