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Panel to Discuss Whether Immigration Crackdown Threatens Academic Freedom

December 1st, 2007 by mopns · No Comments


UM-Kansas City professor Kris Kobach

By Ettie Berneking

Panelists at the Chancellor’s Global Issues Forum that will be held Monday will discuss a hot-button issue, interim Chief Diversity Officer Roger Worthington said.

Monday’s forum, which will be moderated by Chancellor Brady Deaton, will feature a three-person panel that will discuss higher education and whether national security measures dealing with immigration have become a threat to academic freedom, Worthington said.

Worthington said the goal was not to encourage a debate, but to “facilitate dialogue that encourages civil discourse.”

The event, co-sponsored by MU’s Difficult Dialogues Program and the Chancellor’s Global Issues Forum, is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues initiative.

Panelists at Monday’s event include MU professors Abdullahi Ibrahim and Rigel Oliveri and UM-Kansas City professor Kris Kobach.

Kobach will be the second off-campus speaker to take part in the forum, Worthington said.

Kobach will join the panel with a high profile in the debate over immigration because of his experience working in the office of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Kobach served as the Ashcroft’s chief adviser on immigration law and border security. Read more…

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