News You Can Use 9-6-11


By Michael Wunder, News Editor

UNO Athletes and Elders Program Kick-Off is Sept. 8

The Department of Gerontology and UNO Athletics will launch the second year of the Athletes and Elders program at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The kick-off event will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, featuring Athletic Director Trev Alberts, along with local elders, UNO coaches and student athletes.

UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest is the first program of its kind in the United States. It’s supported by a College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs, funded in part by the Dorot Foundation, which is headquartered in New York City, according to the press release.

Israeli Diplomat to Speak at UNO Sept. 8

Haim Koren, ambassador of Israel to Turkmenistan, will present a public lecture Sept. 8 at UNO

A published expert on the Middle East and Sudan in particular, Koren’s expertise spans many areas including the ideology of Radical Islam, Arab Media, Islam in Africa and Islam in Central Asia.

A lecture on Sudan and Darfur will take place at UNO at noon on Thursday, Sept. 8, on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 9 Program Exposes Future Teachers to Omaha’s Culture

For the third consecutive year, the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will host a Culture Walk on Friday, Sept. 9. 

The event is designed to teach UNO education majors about diverse student populations at local and regional levels. 

More than 150 UNO students will learn best practices for culturally responsive teaching from community leaders and by participating in neighborhood walks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: 

• South Omaha: Latino Culture Walk 
El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. 

• North Omaha: African American Culture Walk 
Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St. 

• Central Omaha: Refugee Communities Culture Walk 
Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St.

Sept. 15 Fall Volunteer Fair to Provide Opportunities for UNO Students

About 50 area nonprofit agencies will offer service opportunities for UNO students, faculty and staff at the Fall Volunteer Fair Sept. 15.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, representatives from local nonprofits will educate students, faculty and staff about their organizations and provide ways to volunteer.


Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is Oct. 25

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center at UNO.

The topic will be “The Black Swan of the Middle East.” Whitson will discuss Syria, as well as the turbulence/impact on other countries. Her frame of analysis is the post-revolution countries (Egypt/Tunisia), the countries still in play (Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain) and countries that have avoided mass uprisings.

Whitson is a general expert on Middle East and North Africa issues. She has led landmark investigations of human rights conditions in Libya and Saudi Arabia and numerous advocacy missions in the region, and overseen more than 20 research missions and edited the resulting reports.