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The CAS Inquire program builds around a college-wide series of public lectures centering on a new theme each year. A touchstone for the college, the talks give students, staff, and faculty a focal point and shared topic for conversations and further inquiry.

This selective program offers high-performing students opportunities to talk with college thought leaders, connect with other inquisitive students, and engage important ideas. During the three-year program, CAS Inquire students will play a leadership role in planning, organizing, and facilitating the program in future years and will enjoy additional benefits.

The 2024-2025 Theme

War, Peace, and Reconciliation

All talks will be in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Ubuntu Room/202, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 10

Ross Miller

"Bargaining for War: Explaining the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Gaza Wars"

Ross Miller

Political Science

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Oct. 8

Clay Cressler

TBD

Clay Cressler

Biological Sciences

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Nov. 12

Anne Duncan

"Reconciliation and Homer’s Iliad"

Anne Duncan

Classics and Religious Studies

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Jan. 28

Bedross Der Matossian

"Denials of Genocide in the Digital Age"

Bedross Der Matossian

History

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Feb. 25

Gerald Steinacher

"Geologic Carbon Storage: A Crucial Tool in the Journey towards a Green Energy Future"

Gerald Steinacher

History

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Mar. 25

Panel featuring all speakers

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Possible Future Themes

  • Civil Discourse
  • Monsters and the Monstrous

What Program Participants Do

After applying or being nominated as a freshman:

Sophomores

Take a 1-credit class both fall and spring built around the CAS Inquire lecture series:

  • Read and discuss an article based on the upcoming lecture one week
  • Attend the public lecture the next week
  • Discuss the topic with the speaker the week after the lecture.

Juniors

Take “Inquire Inspires,” a mini-course offered as a weekend retreat in the fall:

  • Facilitate small group conversations
  • Reflect on talking about the interdisciplinary experiences you have had and choosing what to do next
  • Take first steps toward preparing for job searches or applying to professional or graduate school

Serve as a discussion leader in the class or member of the planning committee for the next lecture series.

Seniors

Take “Whole-life living,” a mini-course in which members of Lincoln- and Omaha-based civic organizations talk about finding your communities in your next step after college and making your next address home by taking a role in the community.

Anticipate and prepare for what you will need and want in your next step.

Serve as a discussion leader in the class or member of the planning committee for the next lecture series.

Additional Benefits

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A junior year dinner with the dean and a student invited faculty guest

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A senior year brunch with their family and a faculty guest

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A thesis writing group starting spring of junior year to support students' distinction projects

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A one-time stipend to attend a national conference or education abroad experience

How to apply

Apply to the program as a first-year student.

Student application

Nominate, or provide a reference for, a student.

Nomination form