11/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

University Of Chicago To Debate Friedman Institute

A controversial move to establish a Milton Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago will be debated Wednesday by the first formal meeting of the faculty in a decade.

But the university administration has decreed that talk won't lead to action. Some 150 faculty members oppose the $200-million project, named after the outspoken free-market economist. They argue the intitute could compromise academic research and the school's non-partisan standing.

U of C President Robert Zimmer met with faculty dissidents in July and agreed to a faculty senate meeting -- but one that excludes motions or votes on the subject.

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