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All programming originates from OLLI at UNL.
A History of Lincoln’s Auditoria and the Pershing Auditorium Block
Before a village could become a true city, it needed a newspaper and an opera house— not a place to hear opera but a theatre or auditorium where you could witness a play or hold a graduation. Lincoln and Nebraska Historian Jim McKee explores Lincoln’s auditoriums, both private and public, from theatre held in the first capitol to Pershing Municipal Auditorium, with the largest outdoor mural in the world at the time, as well as Block 63 where Pershing sat for over half a century and what may take its place.
Take a Walk in the Clouds
During our childhoods, we may have spent time lying in the grass on a hot, summer day, gazing at the clouds and talking with our siblings or friends about what shapes they formed. KOLN/KGIN TV Meteorologist Brad Anderson shares information regarding the different types and shapes of clouds, the weather they can bring, and how they form.
In 1929, at the dawn of aviation when every flight was a test of courage, 20 gutsy and passionate female pilots in propeller-driven planes raced from California to Ohio in the first female cross-country air race, making 18 stops in nine days, while competing for the $8,000 prize. During World War II, the 1,034 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) ferried and flight-tested aircraft bombers in the U.S. and taught men how to fly. When the war ended, Congress clipped their wings and sent the WASPs home; they did not receive military status until 1977. In 1961, 13 remarkable women pilots underwent secret testing to become America’s first female astronauts. The Mercury 13 were ignored by NASA and on Capitol Hill while the USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963. Self-taught historian Lynn Roper and other experts of women aviators share in this fascinating series of lectures.
Women of the Bible
Dr. Jonathan Redding, Assistant Professor of Religion at Nebraska Wesleyan University, analyzes the portrayal of women in Biblical literature. He explores critical theories of feminist, womanist, and gender studies alongside their application to biblical studies. What factors may have influenced how these ancient authors portray women?
Trading Under the Buttonwood Tree: Founding the Stock Market
On May 17, 1792, 24 men gathered under a tree in lower Manhattan to establish an auction market among themselves to trade government bonds. The NYSE then and now seeks to complete transactions quickly and cheaply and to always provide liquidity with a ready buyer and seller of securities. Still using an auction market with a “bid” and an “ask,” electronic trading still uses a market maker and specialist system. Lynn Roper, retired senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, shares the history, mechanics of trading, and significant events shaping the NYSE as the world’s largest securities trading system.
America and the World War in Ukraine (and Other Modern Challenges)
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. has been, by many measures, the most influential nation in the world. As Americans and their government have navigated complicated global currents, they have encountered difficult challenges, including: nationalism and globalization from the American revolution to the Russian war on Ukraine; Russia, the Cold War and the challenge of socialism; the place of China and Asia in the American story; and the American role in climate change. UNL Modern World History Professor Tim Borstelmann explores each of these critical issues in the American relationship with the rest of the world.
Deterrence: From Korea to Ukraine – The Evolution of a Vital National Security
General George C. Marshall once said, “The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.” Deterrence, specifically nuclear deterrence, has been a mainstay of United States foreign policy and national security. The term lost relevance with the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 90’s but is front page news again after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Retired Major General Roger Lempke explores the definitions, dilemmas, and stories of nuclear deterrence that helped avert a nuclear conflict during the Cold War. After a thirty- year hiatus, very direct nuclear threats have emerged again. Would stronger deterrence actions before the Russian invasion perhaps caused Putin to think twice?
The American Civil War: Causes and Consequences – More Than You Think
Volume after volume has been written about the American Civil War. Despite all that information, do we really know the whole story about what led up to the war and what came after? The causes can be traced back to early settlements in 1607 and events that led to the war. We are still dealing with the consequences. Come along this historical journey as Gary Timm, retired history faculty member at Northeast Community College explores the causes and effects of the Civil War. It’s more than you think.