ACADEMIC HONORIS CAUSA 2021
Carta Academica confers Academic Honoris Causa awards to people who have dedicated their life to defend freedom and change the world.
After a first edition centered on freedom of expression and of the press, Carta Academica will honor academic freedom and commitment during the second edition of the Academic Honoris Causa which will be broadcasted on the 21st of October 2021, from 9.00 to 11.00 pm, on the LN24 news channel.
Academic freedom has recently been exposed to strong attacks and pressures in many countries and cultures. The Academic Honoris Causa ceremony will thus reassert the importance of defending and promoting scholars in their research and their engagement in social debates.
The first category of recipients consists of scholars who disseminate their knowledge and thought beyond academia by collaborating with civil society towards societal progress to make the world a better place.
The second category of recipients includes individual scholars or communities of scholars whose academic freedom, and sometimes even life, is threatened by political pressure or authoritarian states. The award aims at making visible and supporting the struggle these academics lead, so that they can be released when they are being detained, or pursue their research and express their opinions without being exposed to attacks or political pressure.