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University of Minnesota president interviews Chancellor Cantor as part of UMN's 'Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University' event

May 04, 2012

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This past Wednesday, May 2, University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler hosted Chancellor Nancy Cantor in a special discussion of the role of the 21st-century university in meeting urban challenges at a Great Conversations presidential forum on the Twin Cities campus.

“Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University” is part of UMN Land Grant 150, a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862 legislation that laid the groundwork for the land-grant research university's ongoing mission of learning, discovery and engagement for the common good.

Cantor and Kaler discussed the role of universities as anchor institutions in their communities, and how universities can step up to the challenges of a markedly more urban, global and interdisciplinary age.

To view video of the conversation, visit

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