STUDENTS, UNIVERSITIES AND FOOTBALL: FORMULATING AN ACTION PLAN FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM
Beyond Borders International Universities Football Tournament 2011
27th July Workshop at 7pm at the Junior Common Room, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
NEAR is pleased to announce the participation of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academic) and Para Siempre FC in the University of London Football Club & SOAS Football Beyond Borders London 2011 International Universities Football Tournament. The event will aim to use the power of sport and the shared medium of football to connect global students and local communities.
CARA and Para Siempre will host an evening workshop to engage the young participants on issues surrounding academic freedom. All players from each University will be divided into 3 groups to focus on how Universities and Institutions foster academic freedom, student involvement in academic freedom and looking how football may encourage academic freedom. The groups will then present their findings to the other participants in a final evening session.
The workshop intends to produce a collaborative report on the outcomes of the issues discussed at the workshop to be published by CARA.
CARA and Para Siempre FC are proud to announce that David Goldblatt, a highly experienced Sports writer, broadcaster, journalist and author, will be giving a short introduction to our Workshop. David has published two books, The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, that provides a definitive historical account of beautiful game, and the World Football Yearbook that has been widely published. He has also taught the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol and has run literacy programmes at both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs, as well as teaching sport, film, and media at the Watershed arts cinema, also in Bristol.
In a knowledge-driven world, academic freedom is more important than ever. Recognising this, the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR) and Scholars at Risk (SAR), together with partners worldwide, have undertaken a series of workshops to raise awareness of academic freedom and related values - including access, accountability/transparency, academic freedom/quality, autonomy/good governance, and social responsibility.
Each workshop aims to better understand the local and regional dimensions of these issues, while inviting participants to inform on-going research and advocacy to promote academic freedom worldwide.
A separate workshops website provides summaries of each event along with a curriculum and materials to help users to develop their own advocacy activities, with the view to expanding the community of international academic freedom defenders even more. Click on the logo or visit www.academicfreedom.info/workshops.
The workshops website also hosts ‘UNIVERSITY VALUES’, an electronic bulletin featuring articles, essays and announcements promoting discussion and understanding of university values. NEAR and SAR coordinate the production and circulation of the bulletin, in cooperation with an international network of contributing organisations and individuals. To learn more including how you might contribute, click on the logo or visit http://www.academicfreedom.info/workshops/bulletin.html.