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2013.08.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Future Educators Learn About Omaha Neighorhoods, Cultures Thanks to UNO Program Now Celebrating Fifth Year

Omaha - Dozens of soon-to-be teachers will take to the streets of Omaha on Friday, Sept. 13, to learn more about the city's neighborhoods as part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Culture Walk program.

Now in its fifth year, the Culture Walks program is a community engagement effort from UNO's College of Education that gives teacher education majors the chance to learn more about the history and culture of several Omaha neighborhoods. The event runs two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prior to the Sept. 13 event, the College of Education is partnering with the UNO Criss Library to showcase “From Apprehension to Appreciation: The Culture Walk Journey,” an exhibit of artifacts collected from the last four years of Culture Walks at UNO.

The exhibit will be hosted inside the Criss Library’s Osborne Family Gallery and opens on Monday, Aug. 26 and runs through Friday, Oct. 4. Displayed items will include copies of student research, art from area students and other items that are unique to the Omaha population.

“From Apprehension to Appreciation” will be open to the public during the library’s normal business hours, which are included below:

Monday – Thursday
7 a.m. – midnight

Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday
Noon – midnight

Since 2008, Culture Walks have taken UNO students to North Omaha, South Omaha and various refugee neighborhoods in the metro area. During these visits, faculty from the College of Education and neighborhood leaders facilitate discussion and provide a guided tour of the neighborhood.

The College of Education’s next Culture Walk will take students to South Omaha and El Museo Latino; North Omaha and Salem Baptist Church; and Central Omaha and the U.S. National Park Service.

Media are encouraged to join students and faculty for this semester's Culture Walk and to visit the exhibition.

Those interested in covering the Culture Walk should contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. 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.

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