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Forum on affect of heightened national security on higher education Dec. 4

Jeff Unger, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — How heightened national security has affected higher education will be the topic of a forum beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 (Wednesday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Four panelists will discuss the national debate over the changing laws and policies governing immigration as they affect the campus and community.

The panelists will consider the rationale behind the policies and how they create a new climate for international enrollment and exchange programs that are central to campus life. They also will talk about the larger issues raised by the tradeoffs between enhancing security and protecting the educational values of diversity, mobility, free association and opportunity.

The event is part of the "Exploring the Human Experience: Beyond Differences?" initiative, which is examining whether there are distinctly and commonly human experiences and concerns. The initiative, which includes a series of academic offerings, performances and events, culminates with the commencement address in May.

The panelists:
orange dot Tom Arkell, lawyer with Dunn, Stanczak, Willard and Arkell, Bloomington, Ill.

orange dot Lee Fritschler, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

orange dot Earl Kellogg, associate provost for international affairs, Illinois

orange dot Cynthia O’Connell, deputy district director, Immigration and Naturalization Service

Ron Yates, the head of the department of journalism at Illinois, will be the moderator.

The forum, which will take place in the auditorium of the College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign, is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, the colleges of education and law, and the university.