Scholars to Address Spielberg's "Lincoln" and NWU's Connection to MLK

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Mattingly Distinguished Scholars Program will bring two speakers to Lincoln — one who will discuss American Exceptionalism as it relates to Steven Spielberg’s movie, “Lincoln,” and another who will discuss Martin Luther King’s connection to NWU.

On Tuesday, February 19, Rev. Robert Jewett, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, will present, “Spielberg’s Lincoln and the Issue of American Exceptionalism.” The free lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 50th Street & St. Paul Ave.

The lecture will stimulate reflection on current threats to our exceptional political legacy and will throw light on its religious foundations.

On Thursday, February 21, Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, senior pastor at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, will share the philosophy that ties Nebraska Wesleyan University to Martin Luther King, Jr. The lecture, “Understanding Personalism: The NWU/MLK Connection,” begins at 1 p.m. in Callen Conference Center.

Callen Conference Center is located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The Mattingly Distinguished Scholars Program — established by an anonymous gift from a family of dedicated lay people of the United Methodist Church in Nebraska and named for Dr. E.L. Mattingly, professor emeritus of religion — brings to campus scholars in the areas of religion and theology.

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