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Activists ask University of Minnesota to rescind Rice invite

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Faculty and student activists are pressuring the University of Minnesota to rescind its invitation to Condoleezza Rice.

The former Secretary of State is scheduled to give a speech on civil rights at the Twin Cities campus April 17 as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' lecture series. Math professor William Messing has introduced a resolution to be considered by the University Senate next week which asks that the Rice speech be canceled because of her role in the wartime policies of the Bush administration. The Senate includes faculty, staff and student representatives.

Humphrey School spokeswoman Andrea Cournoyer says rescinding the invitation would be inconsistent with their goal of promoting discussion and dialogue.