The Black-Jew Dialogues fused personal experiences, theater and comedy to boldly and absurdly tackle issues of hatred and prejudice. The show primarily focused on Ron Jones and Larry Tish describing what it meant for them growing up and living as a black or Jewish American. However, through video and a discussion at the end of the show, the themes of hatred, prejudice, and bigotry as absurdities flowed through and reached out to all types of people.
The show, held on Jan. 23 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, was co-sponsored by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and the Department of Black Studies at UNO. Moshe Gershovich used the event as a the first real university event for the Schwalb Center, and invited much of the Jewish community from Omaha to attend. Faculty, students and community members of all ages and ethnicities were in attendance to share in a unique experience of race, religion, gender and orientation prejudices.
The UNO Child Care Center (UNOCCC) held its annual Open House Sept. 29. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to become acquainted with the center's programs for children from 18 months through preschool.
Dr. Bruce Johansen, 62, hasn't driven a car in more than 10 years.
Horrible school shootings such as the Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Sandy Hook events lead to heightened concern about the safety and security of the places where we spend our time. These events are devastating, but fortunately are less common than many other crimes and emergencies. Tornadoes, winter storms, chemical spills, fires and others are all potential threats, but UNO's Campus Security and Crisis Management Team have plans to address each. They are all available online and are worth being aware of as the new semester begins.
It was a carnival of countries and cultures at the International Annual CultureFest at the Thompson Alumni Center on Sunday, March 4. The atmosphere was contagious about the the congregation, people of various languages and cultures attracted attendees.
The economic downturn sweeping the nation hasn't missed UNO.
Three students participated as contestants in local pageants for Miss Nebraska during the 2011-2012 academic year, with the Alliance local held this past weekend wrapping up this year's preliminaries for the state competition title for June 7, 8 and 9.
Chi Omega held its annual Hula Hoop-a-Thon to raise money for "Wish Kids" of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Wednesday April 11.