Speed Dialogue gives a safe haven for serious discussion

It seems as we go further into the 21st century, our desire for better means of communication is increasing rapidly.  
Cell phones are designed around social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  We are always seeking ways to make our computers faster.  People want to share every small detail of their lives, and they want to be able to do it instantaneously.
But, all too often, lost in the mix of Tweets, Instagrams and status updates, are the relevant and substantial topics.  For some, sharing intimate details about love lives is acceptable, but when it comes to discussing religion or politics, comfort zones are then breached.
Project Interfaith is an initiative in Omaha dedicated to providing a forum for open and respectful learning and interaction about identity, religion, belief and culture.  On Thursday, Jan. 31, Project Interfaith will host their fourth "Speed Dialogue" at the Urban Abbey on 10th and Jackson Streets.


The Crop hosts Faculty Reading Series for the spring semester

The University of Nebraska Omaha's student writing organization, The Crop, is hosting a series of events this semester known as the Faculty Reading Series. The series features professors from UNO who read and perform their own works throughout the spring semester. The events are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.


UNO to host show choir festival

Next week UNO will host the 2012 Show Choir Invitational, and the university's vocal music department would like to invite everyone to attend.    


The perfect time for a good scare

Fall officially begins Sept. 21, and with changing weather comes Halloween and the opening of haunted houses around Omaha. Some houses not to miss this year include Shadow's Edge, Mystery Manor and Scary Acres.


Oscars didn’t fail to surprise, awe and impress

Although the Oscars were last week, it feels like they just ended five minutes ago.
This year's Academy Awards went over the usual three hours by half an hour. While I consider myself a pop culture buff and eagerly await the Oscars every year, this year's telecast seemed to go on and on. Thankfully  host Seth MacFarlane tried to move things along.
 


Omaha botanical gardens offer winter fun despite the cold temps

For most Omahans, going to a botanical garden center doesn't sound like a fun activity in the winter. However, at Lauritzen Gardens, there is an indoor activity that makes the local botanical center worth a trip, even with some snow on the ground.
 


Scott Conference Center to house Nebraska Center for Preparedness Education’s 13th symposia in June

The Nebraska Center for Preparedness Education will host its 13th Annual Preparedness Symposium Series in April, May and June in six Nebraska cities. UNO's Scott...