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This selective program offers high-performing students opportunities to talk with college thought leaders, connect with other inquisitive students, and engage important ideas through an interactive and multidisciplinary series of public lectures and private seminars exploring emerging topics of broad societal interest.

CAS Inquire students will play a leadership role in planning, organizing, and facilitating the program in future years and will enjoy additional benefits.

Why apply?

  • Be a part of a distinctive group
  • Think about important, contemporary issues from a variety of perspectives
  • Enjoy special benefits

The CAS Inquire program builds around a college-wide series of five public lectures centering on a new theme each year.

The lecture series will serve as a touchstone for the college—giving students, staff, and faculty a focal point and shared topic for conversations and further inquiry.

 
 

This year's theme:

The Rise of the Machines

 
 
Sep. 10, 2019 Guy Reynolds   Dystopian novels and films / English
Oct. 08, 2019 Carrick Detweiler   Drones / computer science
Nov. 05, 2019 Colin Meiklejohn   Gene machines / biology
Jan. 28, 2020 Christian Binek   Nanoscience / physics
Feb. 25, 2020 Carrie Heitman  
Heather Richards-Rissetto  
Discriminatory algorithms / anthropology
Mar. 31, 2020 Panel discussion  

Future themes may include

Sustainable Futures  •  War, Peace, and Reconciliation  •  Civil Discourse  •  Pleasure and Pain  •  Monsters and the Monstrous

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Attend CAS Inquire lectures and apply for the program.

Freshmen

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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.

Sophomore

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

  • Facilitating small group conversations
  • Reflecting on talking about the interdisciplinary experiences you have had and choosing what to do next
  • Taking 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.

Junior

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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.

Senior

Additional opportunities

CAS Inquire students will enjoy special events and benefits including:

  • A junior year dinner with the dean and a student invited faculty guest
  • A senior year brunch with their family and a faculty guest
  • A thesis writing group starting spring of junior year to support students as they develop their projects to submit for distinction
  • A one-time stipend to attend a national conference or education abroad experience

How to apply

1

First-year students complete this form.

Student application

2

A faculty member or other campus reference (e.g. TA, RA, Advisor) completes this form.

Faculty nomination form


Nominations for next year
open November 1, 2019