UNL's Nebraska Colloquium to open dialogue on democracy

Released on 08/21/2008, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2008, through Apr. 14, 2009

Lincoln, Neb., August 21st, 2008 —

The second yearlong Nebraska Colloquium will engage the entire University of Nebraska-Lincoln community in discussion on a topic of importance: Democracy. Also the theme for this season's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, the colloquium lectures and a new Honors Forum series of UNL faculty talks will focus discussion on this one theme.

A full schedule of lectures and more information about opportunities to participate in the community conversation are available on the Colloquium Web site, www.unl.edu/nc.

The Nebraska Colloquium raises the level of intellectual discourse among UNL students, faculty and staff under the framework of a campuswide theme that serves as an organizing mechanism for unit activities and events that contribute to the theme. Under the leadership of Professor Patrice Berger, the University Honors program will host Honors Forum talks as part of the Nebraska Colloquium to complement the E.N. Thompson Forum theme. Each Honors Forum talk will feature a UNL faculty member. The campuswide colloquium was suggested by the 2003 Transitions to University Task Force, and the Nebraska Colloquium was started in 2007 by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Last year's theme was "Environment."

The Honors Forum talks are open to the public in the Nebraska Union Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. All Thompson Forum lectures will be in the Lied Center for Performing Arts and start at 7 p.m., except the Sept.18 Forum with David Gergen, which begins at 7:30 p.m. More information about E.N. Thompson Forum lectures is at http://enthompson.unl.edu.

Nebraska Colloquium S\schedule to date:

Sept. 9 Honors Forum -- Patrice McMahon, associate professor, political science: "The NGO Embrace: Does support for nongovernmental organizations promote democracy?"

Sept. 18 E.N. Thompson Forum -- David Gergen: "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership."

Sept. 30 Honors Forum-- John Hibbing, professor, political science.

Oct. 7 Honors Forum -- Tim Borstelmann, professor, history: "More and Less Equal: The Reshaping of Democracy since the 1970s."

Oct. 23 Honors Forum -- Charlyne Berens, professor, news-editorial.

Oct. 28 E.N. Thompson Forum -- Ronald Dworkin: "Democracy and Religion: America and Israel."

Nov. 6 Honors Forum -- Loukia K. Sarroub, professor, teaching, learning and teacher education: "Literacy for Democracy: Possibilities and Limitations."

Nov. 18 E.N. Thompson Forum -- Theodore C. Sorensen: "America and the World, 1962 to 2008: Contrasts and Contradictions."

Dec. 9 Honors Forum -- Thomas McGowan, professor, teaching, learning and teacher education: "Educating for Democracy: The Real and the Ideal of the American Public Schools."

Jan. 21, 2009 Honors Forum -- David Forsythe, professor, political science: "Democracy and Human Rights in the Context of Terrorism."

Feb. 10 E.N. Thompson Forum -- F.W. deKlerk: "Bridging the Gap: Globalization without Isolation."

Feb. 19 Honors Forum -- Ted Hamann, assistant professor, teaching, learning and teacher education: "The Challenge of U.S./Mexico Transnationalism to the Linkage Between Schooling and Democracy."

March 4 E.N. Thompson Forum -- Sarah Chayes: "Notes from Afghanistan."

March 11 Honors Forum -- Giacomo Oliva, dean, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and Charlyne Berens, professor, news-editorial.

March 25 E.N. Thompson Forum -- Dr. Michael Olivas and Dr. Vernon Briggs: "Illegal Immigrants: Path to Citizenship?"

April 1 Honors Forum -- Anna Shavers, professor, law: "Citizenship: The Significance of Borders, Rights and Identity."

April 14 E.N. Thompson Forum -- Colin Campbell: "Citizenship in a Global Age."

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