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2009.09.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Starts Sept. 23

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Arts and Sciences will begin to celebrate its own centennial in September with the start of a year-long speaker series that highlights both the college’s many departments and the college’s alumni.

“We are excited about what we have in front of us,” said David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This college is UNO’s first college, and it has grown to be UNO’s largest academic unit.”

Established in 1909, the College of Arts and Sciences enrolls more than 3,000 majors and provides general education and foundational courses needed by all UNO students. The College is a lively liberal arts college within a metropolitan university, Boocker said.

"There is no better way to underscore the importance, and the scope, of the liberal arts than to bring in speakers from so many disciplines. And there is no better way to demonstrate the College's history of success than by showcasing our alumni,” he added.

The Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series kicks off with back-to-back speakers on Sept. 23 and 24. Both presentations will take place at the Thompson Alumni Center on campus.

The first speaker, Nicolae Roddy, an associate professor in Creighton University’s Theology Department who also serves as co-director for the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, will give a talk titled "World Religions and the Global Community." The presentation starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The next evening, Thursday, Sept. 24, Sam Walker will present "The Great Presidential Speeches They Did Not Give: Presidents and Civil Liberties, Wilson to Bush." Walker, a UNO emeritus professor of Criminal Justice, is a nationally known scholar on policing issues. His presentation will also start at 7 p.m.

Roddy graduated from UNO in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Philosophy and Religion; Walker received a master’s degree in history from UNO in 1973.

Several more departments have set (or are in the process of setting) speakers and presentation dates. The working list includes:

· Nov. 9 at noon, Denise MacMillan (Chemistry);

· Nov. 9, TBA, J. Michael Timmons, (Geology);

· Dec. 3, Marc Manganaro (English); · March, Monica Brasile (Women's Studies);

· April 6 or 7, Jim Krupa (Biology);

· TBA, Col. John Conell (Foreign Languages); and

· TBA, a panel discussion on careers and mathematics Gary Beck, Janna Eckhardt and Ty Reil (Math).

All of the events in the series are free and open to the public.

Two other College of Arts and Sciences special events are being planned separate from the series. A screening of “The Insider” will take place Nov. 17 at Film Streams, 14th and Webster. Charles Mikhail, a prominent attorney who filed a lawsuit against the tobacco industry, will lead the discussion.

On March 2, Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will present the Kent A. Kirwan Liberal Arts Lecture. Kirwan, a UNO emeritus professor of political science, remains active on campus and in the community. Schneider will speak about the ongoing importance of Liberal Education in American higher education.

For more information the College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

UNO’s campus-wide centennial celebration began last October and concludes this semester.

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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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