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Ambrose Joins Discussion of Difficult Dialogues Initiatives

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 13, 2011) – Charles Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri, has accepted an invitation to join university presidents and chancellors from across the nation in a discussion of today’s challenges to academic freedom.

The invitation-only session planned for Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Chicago, is part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative, funded by the Ford Foundation. Difficult Dialogues seeks to promote campus discourse on divisive issues, focusing on the traditional and emerging challenges to academic freedom while seeking to identify best practices for managing these practices at the university leadership level.

Leading the discussion will be Molly Broad of the American Council Education; President David Maxwell of Drake University; Provost Linda Pratt of the University of Nebraska. Among the higher education leaders joining Ambrose in discussions will be President Bobby Fong of Butler University, and John Garland of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Participants will share information about responses by higher education to local, state and federal concerns that can influence academic freedoms, as well as the development of proactive strategies.