Community Engagement

Community Engagement is a key component that sets NET apart. We are committed to extending the reach of our television and radio broadcasts through collaborative activities and educational materials. These efforts are done in partnership with other community organizations and are designed to:

  • Connect viewers and listeners to statewide services and resources
  • Foster community participation and robust discussion
  • Raise awareness about issues that affect all Nebraskans

Ideas? Questions? Engage with us!
 



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Indie Lens Pop-Up


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

2020-21 Season

For the 2020-21 season, Indie Lens Pop-Up is going virtual! All events will be held on OVEE. 

Please note that you will need to sign in to join the event and watch the screening. Sign in quickly and easily by using Facebook or Google (Gmail) or by creating an OVEE account. You can also sign in anonymously by entering your birthdate. 

Please give yourself a few extra minutes before the screening to get signed in and set up.

 

 



Past events
 

Philly D.A.
By Ted Passon and Yoni Brook
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In 2017, Philadelphia had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a longshot campaign to become District Attorney—and won—he pledged to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. With unprecedented access to Krasner’s office, Philly D.A. explores over the course of eight episodes the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of one man attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.

Watch our post-screening live discussion featuring

Philly D.A. premieres on Tuesday, April 20 at 8pm CT on NET. You can also watch the series at PBS.org and on the PBS Video App.

Continue the conversation!

Here are a few additional resources to explore and learn more: 

NET productions focused on the criminal justice system in Nebraska:

  • Small Town Cops This 2019 documentary considers the changing role of police work in Nebraska’s small towns and rural areas.
  • Nebraska Prison Reform - This 2016 NET News special examines prison reform in the state. 
  • ...until he is dead... - This 2013 documentary explores the history of the death penalty in Nebraska. 

Additional Nebraska resources:


 

Coded Bias

By Shalini Kantayya
Thursday, March 25, 2021

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

Watch our post-event live discussion featuring

Coded Bias is available to watch now through April 21 at PBS.org, and the PBS Video App. The film airs on NET on Sunday, March 28 at 10pm CT. Check NET's schedule for more information about other airdates. 

Continue the conversation!
Here are a few additional resources to explore and learn more after watching this film. 

Special thanks to Inclusive Communities, our community partner for this event. Learn more about their education and advocacy work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at inclusive-communities.org

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Finding Your Roots Season 7 artworkIs DNA Ancestry? Personal Genetics and Cultural Heritage
Thursday, March 18, 2021

This event explored how ancestry testing works and discussed the differences between genetic ancestry and cultural heritage with

  • Dr. Carla Easter, Chief of the Education and Community Involvement Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • Dr. Kenneth Ramos, Executive Director, Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Texas A&M University System
  • Dr. Dennis Smith (Fort Peck Assiniboine), Associate Professor of History and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Robin Bowman, Professional Development Associate at the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) (moderator)

See the OVEE chat from this event

Watch past episodes of Finding Your Roots on the PBS website. And the program airs on Tuesdays at 7pm CT on NET.

Explore more resources related to genetics and genealogy: netNebraska.org/genetics
 


 

Genetic Medicine and You
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

A discussion on the latest developments in genetic medicine and research as seen in The Gene: An Intimate History, including therapies and personalized medicine. Panelists included:

  • Robin Bowman, Professional Development Associate at the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd)
  • Chris Durrance, director of The Gene: An Intimate History
  • Dr. Maurice Godfrey, Professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (moderator)
  • Dr. Lois Starr, Clinical Geneticist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Download curriculum and learn more about genetics and genealogy
 



The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song
Thursday, February 25, 2021

NET held a virtual conversation about The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Songfeaturing clips from the series. The conversation explored the history of the Black Church nationally and in Omaha, as well as how it is still shaping the community today. Our panelists were: 

  • Pastor Kenneth Allen, Zion Baptist Church
  • Ra’Daniel Arvie, University of Nebraska-Lincoln student and Assistant Director of Choirs & Praise Team at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church
  • Dr. Gloria Epps, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and retired Omaha Public Schools teacher
  • Jade Rogers, Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The House of Afros, Capes, & Curls

Download discussion guides and learn more about the Black Church in Nebraska on NET's The Black Church resource page

 



 

Unladylike2020 Screening and Discussion
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Learn more about the unsung women who changed America, including groundbreaking Nebraskans Grace Abbott and Susan LaFlesche Picotte (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska), as well as film pioneer Anna May WongUnladylike2020 creators Charlotte Mangin and Sandra Rattley join Amy Helene Forss, chair of the history program at Metropolitan Community College, for a conversation about these fascinating women and the process of bringing their stories to the screen.  

Major funding for UNLADYLIKE2020 is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. Support is also provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Wyncote Foundation, California Humanities, HumanitiesDC, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Made in New York: Women Film, TV, & Theater Fund, the Harnisch Foundation, Humanities Nebraska, Humanities Montana, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts, South Dakota Humanities, Virginia Humanities, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Utah Humanities, Ohio Humanities, South Carolina Humanities, Humanities New York, JetBlue Foundation, Awesome Without Borders and IFP. Any views expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or other supporters.

The views expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect the views of Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

 


 

 MR. SOUL!
By Melissa Haizlip
Virtual screening on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to provide expanded images of Black Americans on television and recognize the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful TV shows in U.S. history. With participants’ recollections and archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. 

The event featured a panel discussion with:

  • Melissa Haizlip, producer/director of Mr. SOUL!
  • Jade Rogers, adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College, Iowa Western Community College, and University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the House of Afros, Capes, & Curls
  • Denise Chapman, Producing Artistic Director for Theatre at Omaha's Union for Contemporary Art
  • Deborah Bunting, arts consultant and Omaha Community Foundation board member

Mr. SOUL! premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00pm ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS Video App. The film will air on NET World on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm and on NET on Sunday, April 11 at 10pm CT. Check NET's schedule for more airtimes.

Continue the conversation!
Here are a few additional resources and organizations to explore after watching this film. 

Watch the original SOUL



9to5: The Story of a Movement
By Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Virtual screening on January 21, 2021

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the professional fate of American women. Parton was singing the autobiographical tale of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

The event featured a panel discussion with: 

  • Mary Jung, a 9to5 organizer featured in the film
  • Sue Martin, President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Nebraska State AFL-CIO
  • Caroline Waldron, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton
  • John Kretzschmar, Director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha

9to5: The Story of a Movement premieres on the PBS Video App and PBS.org, Monday Feb. 1 at 9pm CT and airs on NET World on Wednesday, February 3 at 6pm CT. Check NET's schedule for more details and other future air dates. 

Continue the conversation!
Here are a few additional resources to learn more and take action after watching this film: 



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