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This week on Noon Forum:

WEEK OF AUGUST 22, 2016

Monday, August 22 – E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Sheryl Wudunn, author of “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity” and “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” (CDs and transcripts NOT available)

Tuesday, August 23 – THE MOTH RADIO HOUR – “Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature” Stories by Jillian Lauren, Etgar Keret and Carl Pillitteri; hosted by Meg Bowles

Wednesday, August 24 – RADIOLAB – “Colors”

Thursday, August 25 – COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA – Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, wife of the late neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, author of “When Breath Becomes Air”

Friday, August 26 – CITY ARTS AND LECTURES – Paul Simon

Last week on Noon Forum:

WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2016

Monday, August 15 – CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – THE KENEFICK ENDOWED LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES – Eugene McCarraher, Associate Professor of History, and a faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Tradition at Villanova University, and the author of “Christian Critics: Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought” and “The Enchantments of Mammon: Corporate Capitalism and the American Moral Imagination” “The Sign of the Dollar: The Pecuniary Metaphysics of Neoliberalism” (CDs and transcripts NOT available)

Tuesday, August 16 – THE MOTH RADIO HOUR – “Adolescence and Agony” Stories by Adam Wade, Eve Engel, Paola Ayala, Erin Barker, Morgan Laketa and Steve Zimmer; hosted by George Dawes Greene

Wednesday, August 17 – RADIOLAB – “Games”

Thursday, August 18 – COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA - Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon; Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington; Mary Polak, Minister of Energy, British Columbia “The Pros and Cons of So-Called “Clean Energy”

Friday, August 19 – CITY ARTS AND LECTURES – Joanna Newsom

Archived editions of past Monday Noon Forums can be found below...

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Sheryl Wudunn, author of “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives” and “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – THE KENEFICK ENDOWED LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES – Eugene McCarraher, Associate Professor of History, and a faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Tradition at Villanova University, and the author of “Christian Critics: Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought” and “The Enchantments of Mammon: Corporate Capitalism and the American Moral Imagination” “The Sign of the Dollar: The Pecuniary Metaphysics of Neoliberalism”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – 2016 PHIL AND RUTH SOKOLOF ANNUAL LECTURE – Dennis Ross, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Middle East, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and author of “Doomed to Succeed: The. U. S. – Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama” “The United States – Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Elizabeth Chentland, Associate Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, and Haylee Frisbie, Program Intern with the Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter “The Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease on Women”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Stephen Buhler, Aaron Douglas Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Co-Founder and Education Director of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company in Lincoln, and author of “Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof” “Shakespeare’s First Folio – and the First Folio’s Shakespeare”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Laura Caldwell, former civil rights attorney, currently Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Director of Life After Innocence; Kristine Bunch, a woman who spent 17 years in prison for a crime she did not commit “Life after Innocence”

Omaha Press Club, 7/11/16

Jul 11, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Hal Daub, former U. S. Congressman from Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, former Mayor of Omaha, and currently a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska System “A Glimpse of Cleveland: A Crystal Ball for the Republican National Convention”

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY GREAT CONVERSATIONS LUNCHEON – Karen Gettert Shoemaker, award-winning author of “Night Sounds and Other Stories” and “The Meaning of Names”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION DOUBLE FEATURE– Films: Son of the Congo and Mimi and Dona.  Son of the Congo guests: Adam Hootnick, the Director of the film, and Koang Doluony, the Founder and Director of the Omaha Talons Academy.  Mimi and Dona Panel: Carol Miller, Kim Bainbridge, and Deb Salomon, all parents with mentally or physically disabled adult children.  Moderator: Mary McHale, President of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities Board

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Matthew Crosston, Professor of Political Science at Bellevue University, Miller Endowed Chair for Industrial and International Security, and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies Program “THAAD MAD BAD: The Battle of Competing Narratives over the South China Sea”

Omaha Press Club, 6/13/16

Jun 13, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Sister Rosalee Burke, a Notre Dame nun, and Coordinator of the Order’s Social Justice Committee; and Stephen O’Meara, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General, the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator, and the Child Protection Training Coordinator “A Discussion on Human Trafficking”

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE LECTURE – Martin Fletcher, Award-winning NBC News Special Correspondent, and author of “The List”, “Jacob’s Oath” and “The War Reporter”

AT EASE U.S.A. LUNCHEON – Chris Linford, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, National Ambassador for Wounded Warriors Canada, and author of “Warrior Rising: A Soldier’s Journey to P.T.S.D. and Back”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and founding Co-Director of the Duke University Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation “Taking Root: On Land, the Church and the Future of Africa”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Thomas A. Barron, de Grummond Award-winning author of “The Lost Years of Merlin”, “The Great Tree of Avalon”, “The Ancient One”, and “The Hero’s Trail” “Heroes, Merlin and the Meaningful Life”

Omaha Press Club, 5/9/16

May 9, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – “Second District Congressional Debate” Don Bacon, Retired Air Force Brigadier General“, and Assistant Professor in the Bellevue University College of Business; Chip Maxwell, former Douglas County Commissioner, and former member of the Nebraska Unicameral

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Michael Hawkins, Associate Professor of Asian History, Associate Chairman of the Creighton University Department of History, and author of “Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines Muslim South” “American Colonization of Muslims in the Southern Philippines”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Elaine Nelson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, specializing in the North American West “Buffalo Bill, Performance and Selling the American West”

Omaha Press Club, 4/18/16

Apr 18, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Ann Marie Kudlacz, Executive Director of the Refugee Empowerment Center “The Refugee Process, Legal Status, Agency Programs, and Local Community Impact”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Wayne Wiegand, American Library Historian, and author of “Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956” “Part of Our Lives: a People’s History of the American Public Library”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS – Keynote Guest: Chuck Hagel, Former United States Republican Senator from Nebraska, and former United States Secretary of Defense

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Greg Zacharias, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University, and Executive Director of the Henry James Society; Katie Sommer, Associate Editor in the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University “Henry James and the Great War” (Zacharias) and “Henry James and Soldiers during World War I” (Sommer)

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – MIDDLE EAST FORUM – Panel: Moshe Gershovich, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ramazan Kilinc, Assistant Professor Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Kristian Petersen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Moderator: Curtis Hutt, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha Press Club, 3/14/16

Mar 14, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Daniel Hendrickson, Twenty-Fifth President of Creighton University, and former Association Vice-President in the Office of the Executive Vice-President at Marquette University

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE LECTURE – JEWISH BOOK MONTH – Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Newsweek, and author of “Killing a King”

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar, founder of BridgeEDU, and author of “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work” “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Eric Elnes, Senior Pastor of Countryside Community Church, and author of “Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity” and “Igniting Worship: The Severn Deadly Sins”; and special guest Thomas Gresien, Servant Minister to the priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha “Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Olga Lagotska, Associate Professor of History, Chairman of International Organizations and World Political Processes in the School of Politics at Moscow State University, and former Chairman of Area Studies and International Relations in the Department of Foreign and International Relations “Russian Global Engagement on Education and Business”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religious Studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and author of “A History of Islam in America” “Can American Muslims Define Multicultural America?”

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY LECTURE – 7th ANNUAL ELDEN CURTISS LECTURE – Janet Ruffing, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale University, Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University, and author of “Uncovering Stories of Faith: Spiritual Direction and Narrative” and “Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings” “Love Mysticism: Relic of the Past or Contemporary Reality?”

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