Born in 1933, the same year Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, Samuel Bak has lived through a chaotic and violent period of human history. His paintings bear testimony to the trauma of surviving the Holocaust. And while his art traverses dark and difficult subject matter, it is also very much about beauty, joy, and hope. This talk will explore how Bak’s art can be used to explore challenging questions about human nature.
About the Speaker
Mark Celinscak, Ph.D. is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Executive Director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a historian of twentieth-century Britain and Europe, specializing in war, Holocaust and genocide studies. He is the author of the award-winning Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp. He was the Program Chair of the 2019 exhibition, WITNESS: The Art of Samuel Bak and is the principal investigator for the Samuel Bak Institute, which is part of the UNO Big Ideas' initiative.
2020-2021 Series Theme
Speakers and events for the 2020-2021 Curious People Series represent UNO's Big Ideas. These highlight areas of campus strength, especially where there are opportunities to enhance scholarly, research, and creative activities at UNO.
The six themes span campus to advance student experiences and community partnerships while deepening our connections to Omaha and Nebraska. “Through the Big Ideas process, the campus community has articulated a clear set of priorities for us to invest,” says Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., Senior Vice Chancellor, UNO Office of Academic Affairs.
|Date||Speaker and Topic||UNO Big Idea||Link to Event|
|October 29, 2020||Ann Fruhling, Ph.D. --- Enhancing Patient Experiences through Technology||Transforming Wellness and Aging Through Business, Informatics and Gerontology||Learn More|
|November 17, 2020||Peggy Jones, MFA --- Tell Me a Story!||Ted Kooser Center for Health Humanities||Learn More|
|February 9, 2021||Chris Moore, Ph.D. --- Elevating Human Potential Through Lifelong Learning, UNO STEM Trail Center||STEM TRAIL Center||Learn More|
|February 23, 2021||Jorge Zuniga, Ph.D. --- Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing: Improving the Quality of Life of Medically Underserved Populations||Biomechanical Rehabilitation and Manufacturing||Learn More|
|March 9, 2021||Gina Ligon, Ph.D. --- UNO in the Fight and Prevention of Terrorism||Security and Intelligence Studies||Learn More|
|March 25, 2021||Mark Celinscak, Ph.D. --- Samuel Bak, An Inspirational Journey||Samuel Bak Institute||Learn More|
General Series Information
Curious People Series events feature a UNO Faculty who speaks about a topic they are an expert in or have studied in their personal and academic lives.
The goal of this series is to stimulate curiosity among attendees. Curiosity has many benefits to those who ask questions, including an increase in the ability to learn and retain information, personal growth, openness to new opportunities, and overcoming stereotypes. It also increases problem-solving skills, maintains a sense of wonder that helps with innovation, and creates positive interpersonal interactions.