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2011.01.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Student-Selected Faculty Speaker Series Kicks Off in February

Omaha - New this year, the UNOrthodox speaker series features student-nominated faculty who are dedicated to advancing an intellectual, cultural, physical and social learning environment. The dynamic faculty will complement and enhance educational opportunities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) by sharing their passion and knowledge about various topics affecting our world today.

The new speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and our community.

Although the spring semester’s two speakers have been selected, students are encouraged to nominate faculty for the Fall 2011 semester. Nominations will be accepted online at http://unorthodox.unomaha.edu/nomination from Feb. 1 to March 31, with two faculty selected to speak in September and October.

The inaugural UNOrthodox speaker series events are happening in February and March.

Noon Tuesday, Feb. 22
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
• Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies
“Which Way to Your Amerika?” – Benjamin-Alvarado asks the question, and searches for the place where Latinos sit within the combative and often hostile milieu of contemporary American life. The topics covered include racism, immigration, the toxic political discourse, social marginalization, redemption and unity.

Noon Wednesday, March 30
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
• Guy Matalon, Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies; Jewish Federation of Omaha Professor of Judaic Studies
"Leaders and Leadership: a Jewish Perspective" – A discussion about what leadership is and what makes a leader. Matalon will also provide examples of Jewish leaders that we can all learn from.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554-2711.

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