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From a Baltimore Sun, op-ed originally published May 29, 2017.

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Wallace D. Loh: The Clash of Ideas Strengthens Our Universities—and Our Nation

The pursuit of truth requires both free speech and racial justice

Nearly two centuries after his birth as a slave in Maryland, the great orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass has come home. His statue, just installed at the University of Maryland, now towers over a square inscribed with his soaring words on racial justice and the transformative power of education.

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Maryland's road to a stronger high-tech economy lies at the intersection of its I-95 and I-270 corridors. Better integration of education, research and development in the state's two biggest innovation centers — the Washington suburbs and Baltimore — will spur success.

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A new year with exciting changes

Welcome to a new academic year

The start of a new school year is a transcendent moment, alive with possibility and dreams to fulfill. The 155th academic year at this university brings new talent, new educational programs, new facilities and a new era of Big Ten athletic competition and academic collaboration.

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UMD's 'B1G' move

Tuesday, the University of Maryland officially joins the Big Ten athletic conference. This is a winning moment for both athletics and academics at Maryland. In stadiums, arenas and on the Big Ten Network, new and challenging match-ups will excite Maryland players, fans and supporters. The Terps will compete at the highest level when they play against Ohio State's Buckeyes, Michigan's Wolverines, Penn State's Nittany Lions and other Big Ten teams.

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