UNL | E.N. Thompson Forum On World Issues

Speaker Schedule for 2005

Elaine Pagels Elaine Pagels
SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
6:30 p.m. Pre-forum talk
7:00 p.m. Forum Lecture
NebSat Channel 105
Beyond Belief: A Different View of Christianity

Dr. Elaine Pagels is a preeminent scholar of religious history and is the Harrington Spear Pain Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her best-selling books, The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, use new research into the early history of Christianity to raise provocative questions about the basic beliefs of the Christian tradition and the social role of religion in the modern world. Co-sponsors of Pagel's lecture are Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Cotner College through a project grant from the Eli Lilly foundation. Dr. Pagels will discuss The Gospel of Thomas in her September 15 lecture. The hand-out that she will be referring to is available for download here.



Michael Walzer
Michael Walzer
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
6:30 p.m. Pre-forum talk
7:00 p.m. Forum Lecture
NebSat Channel 103
The Paradox of National Liberation: India, Israel and Algeria

The Kripke Lecture, a collaboration between the Thompson Forum and the UNL Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies, presents Dr. Michael Walzer a leading American political theorist and professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey since 1980. His recent books include Arguing about War (2004) and Politics and Passion (2005).



T. R. Reid
T. R. Reid
FEBRUARY 15, 2006
6:30 pm Pre-forum talk
7:00 pm Forum Lecture
NebSat Channel 102
The United States of Europe

T.R. Reid is the Rocky Mountain bureau chief for The Washington Post. He has become one of the nation's best-known correspondents through his coverage of global affairs. Reid has written six books in English and three in Japanese. His most recent book, The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy (2004) has become a national best-seller.



Peter Peterson
The Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy
Peter Peterson
APRIL 12, 2006
3:00 p.m. Pre-forum talk
3:30 p.m. Forum Lecture
NebSat Channel 102
America and the World Economy

The Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy and the E.N. Thompson Forum present Peter G. Peterson, chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group and founding president of The Concord Coalition, a bi-partisan citizen's group dedicated to building a constituency of fiscal responsibility. Peterson was Assistant to President Nixon for International Economic Affairs and was named Secretary of Commerce by Nixon in 1972. Peterson is the author of several books, including Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do about It (2004).

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Theme: Exploring our Common World

All EN Thompson Forums on World Issues are held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Admission is free and all Forums are open to the public. If you are not able to attend the Lied Center you can view the event live on the UNL website, Lincoln channel 21, Neb Sat, or KRNU radio 90.3 FM.

For eighteen years, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has brought a diversity of view points on international and public policy issues to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the citizens of the state in order to promote understanding and to encourage debate. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view. more...

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