to Solve Global Challenges

The world faces complex challenges related to health, water, climate, and more. Creativity to Solve Global Challenges elevates people and ideas addressing these concerns with vision and innovation.

FREE and open to the public.

Candice Millard

September 28, 2022

Dr. Ali S. Khan

October 11, 2022

Tyler Riewer

November 7, 2022

Martha Schwartz

January 23, 2023

Amy Herman

February 15, 2023

Jane Chen

March 28, 2023
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Candice Millard

September 28, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.
"A Clear and Steady Eye: Storytelling and Our Shared History"

Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, Humanities Nebraska

Candice Millard’s talk will touch on her four New York Times bestselling books. In her most recent book, “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile” focused on English explorers Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, Millard tells a story of courage and adventure, set against the backdrop of the race to exploit Africa by the colonial powers. This book also profiles Sidi Mubarak Bombay, the formerly enslaved local guide who played a pivotal role in the expedition. Millard’s essays have appeared in the Guardian, National Geographic and TIME.

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Dr. Ali S. Khan

October 11, 2022 - 7:00 p.m.
"Putting the Public Back in Public Health: A Global Perspective"

With Community Climate Awareness Week

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Dr. Ali S. Khan is Dean and Tenured Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, and a Retired Assistant Surgeon General. He served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 23 years before retiring as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. At the CDC, Dr. Khan led and responded to numerous high-profile public health emergencies, including Ebola, the Asian Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. In 2016 Dr. Khan published “The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers” with William Patrick.

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Tyler Riewer

November 7, 2022 - 7:00 p.m.
"The Craziest Thing We Can Do is Nothing"

With College of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Tyler Riewer is Creative Director at charity: water, a $100M nonprofit organization that uses data and storytelling to connect donors to their impact and dream up new ways to think about sustainability in the water sector. As of today, charity: water has funded 91,414 projects to bring clean and safe water to 14,762,215 people. Riewer leads a team of designers and storytellers, and travels the globe capturing stories about local partners. He studied Advertising and Journalism at Nebraska and started his career at marketing agencies Archrival and Grady Britton.

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Martha Schwartz

January 23, 2023 - 7:00 p.m.
"The Urban Landscape and The Future of Cities"

Hyde Lecture Series, College of Architecture

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Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect, urbanist, and climate activist. Her work and teaching focuses on the urban public realm landscape and its importance in making cities “climate ready”. For more than 40 years, Martha Schwartz Partners has completed projects around the globe, from site-specific art installations to public spaces, parks, master-planning and reclamation. Schwartz is also a tenured Professor in Practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and recently founded MAYDAY. Earth, a non-profit focused on communications and education about Nature Based and Geoengineering Solutions.

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Amy Herman

February 15, 2023 - 3:30 p.m.
"The Art of Perception: See What Matters"

With Sheldon Museum of Art

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Amy Herman is a lawyer, art historian, and author of Visual Intelligence, Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem-Solving, and smART: Use Your Eyes to Boost Your Brain. The Art of Perception is an interactive program that engages participants in analyzing works of art as a vehicle to enhance their observation, perception, and communication skills. Looking at works of art will challenge participants’ assumptions and refresh critical inquiry skills by incorporating multiple perspectives into their thinking. The Art of Perception, has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others.

Jane Chen portrait

Jane Chen

March 28, 2023 - 7:00 p.m.
"How Design Thinking Saves Lives - Lessons on Innovation, Leadership and Resilience"

With College of Business

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Jane Chen is a globally recognized entrepreneur, inventor, and speaker. She is co-founder & CEO of Embrace Global, which developed a groundbreaking, low-cost infant incubator that has saved over 350,000 babies. Embrace has been featured by the New York Times, CNN, Newsweek, the Guardian, and ABC’s 20/20. Chen is a TED speaker and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She was selected for Forbes' Impact 30, the Economist Innovation Award, and the Fast Company Innovation Award, and was recognized as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Chen also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Humane Technology.

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

Lectures are streamed online at, 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.