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Global Freedom of Expression

Cornell University is running a yearlong exploration of freedom of expression. The Indispensable Condition: Freedom of Expression at Cornell theme has particular significance for international research and teaching and for members of Cornell’s international community.

This year, Global Cornell will host events and discussions dedicated to exploring critical issues related to free expression, academic freedom, scholarship, and global collaboration. We hope you will join us for these important conversations.


For Threatened Artists, Free Expression is Political and Personal

Panel sitting in front of audience.

A panel featuring threatened artists from Nicaragua and Afghanistan kicked off Global Cornell’s contribution to this year’s campuswide freedom of expression theme.

  • Pedro X. Molina, Nicaraguan political cartoonist
  • Khadija Monis ’24, Afghan poet
  • Sharifa “Elja” Sharifi, Afghan artist
  • Rachel Beatty Riedl, Einaudi Center director, moderator

Read the story in the Cornell Chronicle.

Upcoming Events

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5:30 pm, Cornell University, Rhodes Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall
Bartels World Affairs Lecture Fantasy author N. K. Jemisin discusses how she learned to build unreal worlds by studying our own—and how we might in turn imagine a better future for our world, and reshape it to fit that dream.
2:00 pm
Two of Latin America’s most forceful dissident voices will explore the power and limits of fiction and other forms of creative expression in a public online conversation organized by Ithaca City of Asylum and co-hosted by the Latin American and…
5:00 pm, Physical Sciences Building, 120
Politics and Protest: Historical, Sociological, and Political Perspectives
4:30 pm, Goldwin Smith Hall, 236
Talk by Erik Bleich

Recent Events

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3:30 pm, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art - Cornell University, Wing Lecture Room, Floor 2L
Artistic freedom is a fundamental democratic right. Creative expression, from poetry to street art, theater, and literature, is often at the vanguard of political resistance and change, and so artists are some of the first to be silenced.
12:20 pm, Uris Hall, G08
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) Seminar Series, Co-sponsored by: Romance Studies & Department of Performance & Media Studies
4:45 pm, Goldwin Smith Hall, GSH64 Kaufman Auditorium
In the past decade, China's grassroots feminist movement, primarily led by young women, has brought about transformative changes to various gender-discriminatory policies in the country.

Molina drawing Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Scholars Under Threat 

Discover how Global Cornell supports international scholars, students, critics, artists, and journalists whose work puts them at risk in their home countries. We offer refuge and resources by creating space for free expression and scholarship. Learn more about Supporting Scholars Under Threat.