- Organizer: NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
- Venue: NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU Department of Cinema Studies in Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Department of English, NYU Department of History, NYU Department of Journalism, NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU Department of Religious Studies, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese, NYU Department Social and Cultural Analysis, the Iranian Studies Initiative, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU Metro Center, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, and the NYU Urban Democracy Lab.
Please join us for an open forum on NYU, the UAE, and academic freedom. NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) faculty and administrators will discuss the following questions, and others as well:
What are the implications, for faculty, students, and staff at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), of the fact that the UAE government has grown increasingly repressive in recent years? To what extent has this had a chilling effect on NYUAD, and how does it affect the vision and reality of the Global Network University (GNU)? What policies and procedures are in place to protect academic freedom and the ability of faculty, at NYUAD and elsewhere in the GNU, to do their work as teachers and researchers just as they would in New York–as the Sexton and Hamilton administrations repeatedly promised would be the case?
What safe and responsive avenues exist for faculty and students to register potential violations of academic freedom? What should NYU’s response be when academic freedom is threatened or violated anywhere in the GNU? What is NYU’s responsibility to speak up about violations of academic freedom & human rights in the UAE, where it has such a significant presence? More broadly, to what extent are liberal institutions of higher education operating under authoritarian regimes likely to be able to fulfill their educational mission and uphold the principles of academic freedom?