Biography

William L. Blizek
Founding Editor



William L. Blizek
is Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Born in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois, Bill received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from Southern Illinois University in 1965 and 1966. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Missouri--Columbia in 1970 and has been on the faculty at UNO ever since.

Bill has taught a wide variety of classes over the years, including religion and film, atheism, contemporary moral philosophy, ethics and film, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, philosophy of justice, human values in medicine, social philosophy, existentialism, feminine ethics, and understanding self-deception. In 1977, Bill was recognized by Change Magazine for one of "the most notable improvements in American undergraduate teaching." In 2001, he was recognized by the University of Nebraska system for "Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity." He has published articles on teaching in various publications, including The Journal of Experimental Philosophy, The Journal of Medical Education, Metaphilosophy, Criminal Justice Ethics, the Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society, and the Newsletter of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.

Bill is the editor of The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film and he is a founding editor of the Journal of Religion & Film. He also is the editor of The Humanities and Public Life and the co-editor of Justice and Punishment. He has published articles in such journals as The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophic Exchange, The Nebraska Medical Journal, The Urban Review, and The Journal of the Community Development Society.

At UNO, Bill has served twice as the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, twice as the Chair of the Religious Studies Program, and once as the Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program. In 1991, Bill was recognized by the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women for "Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women on the UNO Campus." In 1995, Bill and his wife, Monica, were recipients of the "Prophets Award" for distinguished service to the Bethsaida Excavations Project and in 1996, Bill received the "Chancellor's Medal" for distinguished service to the University.

Bill has been instrumental in establishing and/or raising money for the Department of Philosophy and Religion’s Anderberg Fund, the Palmer Fund, the Pearl Blizek Scholarship Fund (Native American Studies), the Journal of Religion and Film Fund for Excellence, the Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights Fund, the Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Fund, the UNO Women's Studies Fund, the Ron Burke Scholarship Fund, the Ron Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Mike Gillespie Scholarship Fund, the Al Bates Travel Fund (Communication), the Pearl Blizek Women's Studies Lecture Fund, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Fund, the Weber Lecture Fund, the Dale Stover Scholarship Fund, the Virginia Frank Scholarship (Native American Studies), the Jerry Cederblom Scholarship Fund, the Blizek Professorship in Religion, the Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and Art and the Monica Blizek Scholarship Fund in the School of Social Work.

Bill and Monica (M.S.W., UNO, 1995) were married in 1994. Bill's daughter by a previous marriage, Nicole, lives in Atlanta where she teaches speech and does stand-up comedy. Bill and Monica enjoy playing golf and travel. Bill enjoys reading mystery novels.


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