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Once the head of a group linked to bombings of buildings tied to the Vietnam war, including the Pentagon and Capitol, he has been invited to play a role in the school’s efforts to include social justice in class courses.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ayers-Obama tie was a speed bump to the former community activists’ rise to the presidency, a controversy shadowed by the bigger concerns about the former Illinois senator’s relationship with fiery preacher Jeremiah Wright. Both relationships fueled concerns that Obama is a closet radical.

During the campaign, the Obama team cut ties to both.

Ayers, 68, is currently an http://washingtonexaminer.com/william-ayers-a-keynote-speaker-next-month-at-the-association-of-teacher-educators-conference/article/2518893“>expert on education reform. He is schedule to speak Tuesday night at the Moorhead campus, according to the Fargo-Moorhead news website http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/391248“>Inforum.

The school is making him the “2013 College of Education and Human Services visiting scholar.”

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