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Czech university dean discusses academic freedom

Oct. 24, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Heightened tensions around the globe have put a spotlight on freedoms many take for granted, and the dean of a Czechoslovakian university will address one of those ­ academic freedom ­ in a Monday, Nov. 5, presentation at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Petr Kolar, dean of the faculty of philosophy and arts at Charles University in Prague, will address "Academic Freedom in Times of Turmoil" at 7:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

Sponsored by the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, the Haenicke Institute for International and Area Studies, and College of Arts and Sciences, his presentation is free and open to the public.

Kolar, an expert in analytic philosophy and philosophical logic, will talk about issues faced by academicians and how social and political tensions and conflicts can affect their freedoms.

For more information, contact the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (616) 387-4397.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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