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2009.03.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Joins Activists, Politicians at Progressive Conference

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication and Native American Studies professor Dr. Bruce Johansen has joined a number of noted speakers at The Progressive 100th Anniversary Conference, May 1-2 in Wisconsin.

The Progressive is a monthly magazine that has historically stood against militarism and corporate control, while advocating for peace, social justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights and a reinvigorated democracy.

Dr. Johansen, a Progressive contributor, will serve on a May 1 panel about environmental preservation, where he will discuss global warming. Dr. Johansen will be joined by essayist Terry Tempest Williams and organic farmers Jim and Rebecca Goodman.

Dr. Johansen is the author or editor of 31 books, the most recent being The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology.

Robert Redford, an Academy Award-winning film director, actor and environmentalist, is the conference’s honorary chair this year.

“It’s an honor to take part. The Progressive, which began with the movement by the same name shortly after 1900, has been an important voice nationally for many years,” Dr. Johansen said. “I’ve been writing for The Progressive for 25 years, and have addressed many local issues there. We also hosted Matthew Rothschild, its editor, for a lecture on the UNO campus three years ago.”

The Progressive also is publishing a collection of the magazine's best writing during the last 100 years. "Democracy In Print" will include Dr. Johansen’s 2001 article, "Arctic Heat Wave.”

Visit http://conference.progressive.org/ for more information on the conference.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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