Community Engagement & Educational Outreach

Community Engagement and Educational Outreach is a key component that sets NET apart from its commercial television and radio counterparts. Community Engagement and Educational Outreach extends the impact of NET’s television and radio broadcasts by providing access to educational materials and collaborative activities. Efforts are always in partnership with other community organizations and are designed to connect viewers and listeners to statewide service resources, foster community participation, and raise awareness about issues affecting Nebraskans.

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Indie Lens Pop-Up (formerly Coffee & Conversation)
We're back!

We're proud to announce that Indie Lens Pop-Up's new location is the Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium in the Sheldon Museum of Art at 12th & R Streets in Lincoln.

Join us this fall for another exciting, FREE! season, filled with thought-provoking documentaries from November through June, one Sunday every month at 1PM*. Each film screening is followed by a community discussion.

Independent Lens has announced the launch of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around award-winning films. Formerly known as NET Coffee & Conversation, the long-running series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and NET broadcasts. Nationally, over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

The Indie Lens Pop-Up line-up includes a diverse selection of new documentaries that explore issues from race to gun violence, from veterans’ issues to autism. A powerful line-up of local speakers will facilitate the discussion. Indie Lens Pop-Up creates a warm, welcoming, and enjoyable space for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together in a time where these opportunities seem to be dwindling. We learn and grow together as a community through the conversations that follow each film.

*FREE films are shown the third Sunday every month.

2015-2016 Indie Lens Pop-Up Schedule
Sundays at the Sheldon Museum of Art at 1PM*
Printable Schedule

February 21The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Partners: the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color, the African People’s Union and the African Student Organization and the Black Graduate Student Association.

Whether they were right or wrong, whether they were good or bad, more than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, the group, and its leadership, remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination.

March 20T-Rex

17-year-old Claressa "T-Rex" Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

April 17Peace Officer
This documentary explores the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state's first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.
May 15The Armor of Light

Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence. A famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.


Homeless in Nebraska
NET Shines Light on Homelessness
February 2016
NET News and NET Learning Services offer a series of radio news reports, a TV panel discussion, and more.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black... more››
Indie Lens Pop-Up, formerly Coffee & Conversation at the Sheldon Museum of Art
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
Sunday, February 21 at 1PM at Sheldon
Our free hit film & conversation series (formerly Coffee & Conversation) is back, now at the Sheldon Museum of Art, one Sunday each month from November to May.
A Conversation with Dr. Diane Ravitch
Dr. Ravitch, a leading public education advocate, chimes in on many educational issues.
An NET Production
Featuring segments on "Rural Health and Advancements in Cancer Treatment," "Pancreatic Cancer," and "Cancer’s Impact on Families." 
Jon McAlpin has beat cancer three times. He credits keeping a positive attitude & serving others as part of his successful treatment.
Cheryl Stevens founded the Flamingos for Hope after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She found that dressing up in costumes and bringing a smile to the other patients helped HER as she went through difficult treatments.
Recent Story Submission from Nebraska
In 2006, at the age of 36, I met the man of my dreams. Never before had I had someone be so loving and genuinely interested in me! I’d been in a string of unhealthy relationships clear back as far as I can remember. Drugs,... more››
Recent Story Submission from Nebraska
July 30th, 2009 Will Forever Be the Worst Day of My Life. My mother, Myla was born January 21st, 1948 in Marion Indiana to Dorothy and Claudies Banks. She was the 2nd oldest of a total of 5 siblings. She was the comedian of the... more››