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Elliot Sperling "Liberal Principles and Autocratic Regimes"

Wed, Oct 15, 5:00 pm
IMU University Club (Faculty Room)

Liberal Principles and Autocratic Regimes:

What is the Student/Academic/Institution to Do?

Professor Elliot Sperling, Central Eurasian Studies Department

Wedensday, October 15 2014, 5 PM, IMU University Club (Faculty Room)

Faced with working in or dealing with autocratic environments, academics and institutions are often faced with unexpected and unsought ethical dilemmas that oppose practical concerns about operating in a given country or region with a commitment to academic freedom, basic human rights and free speech. This talk will present some considerations on what shape principled responses to such a situation might take.

Uighur professor Ilham Tohti was recently sentenced to life in prison for separatism. He was advocating equal rights for Xinjiang's minorities.

Elliot Sperling is a professor ofTibetan Studies at Indiana University's Department of Central Eurasian Studies. In addition to his extensive publications on the history ofTibet and on Sino-Tibetan relations, Professor Sperling also has been an advocate of human rights. He has testified before legislative bodies in the US and Europe about China's minorities, has served on the US Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, and has been a regular contributor to such media outlets as the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Times of India, and others.

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