Spring Lectures Announced

The spring semester will bring to campus a variety of guest lectures including a Rwandan genocide survivor, a former U.S. ambassador, an award-winning author, Huffington Post religion editor, political communication expert and more.

Immaculee Ilibagiza will kick off the spring lectures on Wednesday, February 26. The Rwandan genocide survivor brings her lecture, "Story of Faith, Hope & Forgiveness," beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall. Ilibagiza is a living example of faith put into action. In 1994, she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in a tiny room of a local pastor's house. She entered the room a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family; she emerged weighing 65 pounds to find most of her family had been brutally murdered.

On Thursday, February 27, Former U.S. ambassador Peter Burleigh will deliver the annual Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership.  Burleigh was an U.S. ambassador three times to the United Nations, to Sri Lanka, and for Counter-Terrorism, and a deputy assistant secretary of state three times. His lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall.

The following is a schedule of spring semester guest lectures:

  • Wednesday, February 26 — 3 p.m., Faculty Scholarship Presentation: David Whitt, Associate Professor of Communication, Nebraska Wesleyan University, "Heroes, Gods, Cyborgs, and Man vs. Food: The Power of Myth in Popular Culture," Olin B Lecture Hall.
  • Wednesday, February 26 — 6:30 p.m., Swan Lecture: Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor, "Story of Faith, Hope & Forgiveness," Olin B Lecture Hall.
  • Thursday, February 27 — 7 p.m., Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership: Peter Burleigh, former U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Olin B Lecture Hall.
  • Wednesday, March 12 — 3 p.m., Wesleyan Communication Association Lambda Pi Eta Honorary Lecture: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, "Communicating Science in a Polarized Political Environment," Olin B Lecture Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 15 — 7 p.m., William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series: Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet. Location TBA.
  • Thursday, April 24 — 3:30 p.m., Kenneth Holder Lecture: Patricia Sullivan, Director, The Honors Program, Professor of Communication and Media, State University of New York; Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor, Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, UNL; "Powerful Women in the Renaissance and Today: The Rhetoric of Queen Elizabeth I and Hillary Clinton," Callen Conference Center.
  • Thursday, May 1 — 1 p.m., Mattingly Visiting Distinguished Scholar Series: Paul Rauschenbush, Senior Religion Editor, Huffington Post, former Associate Dean of Religious Life and Chapel, Princeton University, location TBA.

All lectures are free and open to the public. With the speaker's permission, lectures will also be webcast live and archived on the NWU website.

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