After his break with New York University, the blind dissident, known for his battles against forced abortions in China, is hired by three American academic institutions. "I am delighted to welcome Mr. Chen," Catholic University of America president said. He will "be a witness" to the moral foundations that the university seeks to instil in its students. In his reply, a grateful Chen said "that the seeds of freedom and democracy will . . .] in the future bear beautiful fruit."