2010-2011 Schedule

The E.N. Thompson Forum

In recent decades, our world has become increasingly inter-dependent as cultures, currencies and multi-national corporations thrive irrespective of country borders. This globalization holds tremendous promise as well as the potential for conflict. How does global competition shape relationships among nations as they strive to maintain their economies, political systems and cultures? Does globalization increase the gap between the "haves" and "have-nots?" What are the benefits of an increasingly connected world? How has globalization affected the creation and location of jobs? How can we preserve cultural uniqueness and personal freedom while embracing globalization? Join the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues as we revisit globalization's promise.

Lied Center for Performing Arts,
301 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE
All lectures are free and open to the public.

E. Benjamin Skinner

"A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery"

E. Benjamin Skinner
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference, UNL

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E. Benjamin Skinner is the first person in history to witness negotiations for the sale of human beings on four continents. In his book "A Crime so Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern Day Slavery," Skinner tells the story of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat these crimes.

In 2003, as a writer on assignment on the frontlines of the Sudanese civil war, Skinner met a survivor of slavery for the first time. Like Skinner, Muong Nyong was 27 years old. After meeting Nyong, Skinner began traveling the globe to find others like him.

Recently named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Skinner is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and previously served as a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Newsweek International, Travel and Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, and Foreign Policy.

Christine Todd Whitman

"Staying Ahead While Going Green"

Christine Todd Whitman
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.

Governor's Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council

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Christine Todd Whitman is the president of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses, organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Whitman is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council, which she founded with Senator John Danforth. The RLC's mission is to support fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidates and to reclaim the word Republican. She is also the author of "It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America," which was a New York Times bestseller.

Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January 2001 until June 2003. Prior to that appointment, she was the 50th governor of the New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.

Chuck Hagel, Zhang Yesui

"China Rising: Good News or Bad News for U.S. Workers, Consumers and Investors?"

Chuck Hagel and Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.

Charles and Linda Wilson Dialogue on Domestic Issues

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Chuck Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate, from 1997-2009, representing the state of Nebraska. He was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Intelligence committees. He also served as the chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Hagel is a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board; Chairman of the Atlantic Council; a member of the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board and Secretary of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future; and is a member of Public Broadcasting Service board of directors. He is also the author of "America: Our Next Chapter," an examination of the current state of the nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and former Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration.

Biography of Ambassador Zhang Yesui

Laurie Garrett

"Betrayal of Trust: Critical Issues in Global Healthcare"

Laurie Garrett
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.

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Laurie Garrett is one of America's premier authorities on healthcare and disease prevention, and a powerful advocate for a forceful response to threats to human health. Currently the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, she is the author of "The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance" and "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health." She is the only person ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: The Peabody, The Polk (twice), and The Pulitzer.

Garrett has written for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Current Issues in Public Health. She appears frequently on ABC Nightline, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Dateline. She has the unique ability to make plain the science behind new threats to public health-both natural and man-made-and the political background that shapes the debate on this issue in America and around the world.

Pietra Rivoli

"Who's Afraid of International Trade?"

Pietra Rivoli
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.

Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy

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Pietra Rivoli is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She teaches finance and international business in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Her main interests are social issues in international business and in China, and she was recently honored by the Aspen Institute as a Faculty Pioneer, an award that recognizes leadership in integrating social issues into business education.

Rivoli's recent book, "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy," has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a path-breaking study of globalization. It was named one of the best business books of the year by the Financial Times, Booz Allen Hamilton, Foreign Affairs and Amazon.com. It was also designated by the American Association of Publishers as the best scholarly book of 2005, in the category of Finance and Economics. The book has been translated into 14 languages and the second edition was published in 2009.

Lied Center for Performing Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Cooper Foundation

Lectures are available live on the UNL web site, Lincoln cable channel 21 or 5, NETSAT 105, UNL campus channel 8, and UNL KRNU radio 90.3 FM.

A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, The Lied Center for Performing Arts and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln