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Mary Pipher

September 2, 2020

Doris Kearns Goodwin

September 22, 2020

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

November 4, 2020

Forum Youth Panel

February 23, 2021

Ann Bancroft

March 31, 2021
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Mary Pipher Author, Activist, and Clinical Psychologist

September 2, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.
"Trauma and Recovery: A New Story of Interconnection and Action..."

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Pipher, PhD, is the author of 10 books, including #1 New York Times bestseller “Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls” and most recently, “Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.” In 2013, she published “The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture” about environmental activism in Nebraska.

Doris Kearns Goodwin portrait

Doris Kearns Goodwin Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

September 22, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.
"Leadership in Turbulent Times

The 25th Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities presented by Humanities Nebraska

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Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her 2018 book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” provides an accessible roadmap to leadership amidst her five decades of historical expertise.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez portrait

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Indigenous Climate Activist, Hip Hop Artist

November 4, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.
"Roots of Revolution"

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Martinez is a powerful voice in the global youth- led environmental movement. From the age of six, Martinez has spoken around the world, from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit, to the General Assembly at the UN. A musician and activist, he is also known as a fashion model, philanthropist, and cross-cultural icon.

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Forum Youth Panel

February 23, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
"Naming the Beast: Climate Change and our Youth Taking Action"

Focused on solutions and action, today’s youth are not afraid to face problems that threaten their future. Join us for a Cooper Conversation featuring and hosted by youth activists as they seek to inspire the broader community.

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Ann Bancroft Polar Explorer, Climate Advocate, Philanthropist

March 31, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
"No Horizon is So Far"

Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized educator who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world. Through her various roles as explorer, educator, speaker and philanthropist, Bancroft shares stories related to outdoor adventure to inspire a global audience to pursue their individual dreams.

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

Lectures are streamed online at http://enthompson.unl.edu, and are available on Lincoln City and Education TV channels, and University of Nebraska–Lincoln KRNU radio 90.3 FM.

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was established in 1988 with the purpose of bringing a diversity of viewpoints on international and public policy issues to the university and people of Nebraska to promote understanding and encourage debate.