A panel representing four disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences will convene at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium to discuss the 2022-23 CAS Inquire theme “Searching for Common Ground in a Polarized World.” The event is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed. Register to attend via Zoom.
The CAS Inquire program offers a series of public lectures around a theme that changes annually, providing an avenue for students to connect with college thought leaders and peers. Each lecture is part of a one-credit course with three steps: read background material before the lecture, attend the lecture, and then discuss the topic with the speaker.
Speakers and topics this year—all of whom will take part in the March panel discussion—are:
- Julia Schleck, English, gave the Sept. 6 talk "America's uncertain search for truth and the fate of universities"
- Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, political science, gave the talk "Partisan polarization and the need for civic respect" on Oct. 4 last year
- Regina Werum, sociology, gave the Nov. 1 talk "Human-climate dynamics in the anthropocene: the connection between climate extremes and social unrest"
- Geoff Lorenz, political science, gave the talk "Making polarization work for you: a politician's survival guide" on Jan. 24
- Margaret Jacobs, history, gave the Feb. 21 talk "In search of reconciliation on America's stolen lands"
Details about the program and videos of the talks are available online.