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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2018 Season

Indie Lens Pop-Up features screenings of documentaries scheduled for upcoming broadcast on INDEPENDENT LENS. They are free and open to the public, and are generally followed by a panel discussion or other presentation featuring local experts or key organizations working on issues covered in the film. Through these community screening events, NET is able to provide cutting-edge film content, information and resources. ITVS and Indie Lens Pop-Up has proven to be an excellent opportunity for NET community engagement to broaden its partnerships by collaborating with organizations to host regular events featuring new independent films on a broad range of topics.

This season NET Community Engagement has cultivated an array of new screening partners and will be holding screenings in both Lincoln and Omaha. In Lincoln, our lead partners will be the University of Nebraska–Lincoln/Center for Civic Engagement, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color, OASIS through the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, and University Housing. In Omaha, NET will be screening the majority of the films in the black box theatre at the Union for Contemporary Art. The Omaha Empowerment Network has joined NET as a sponsor of our second film (Tell Them We Are Rising). For our final film of the season, we will be collaborating with the Lincoln Community Foundation's Veteran’s Support Initiative.  

Please join us for our 2018 season:

I Am Not Your Negro
By Raoul Peck

Lincoln: Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.
Omaha: Thursday, January 4 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.
Omaha: Saturday, January 6 at 2pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.

One of the most acclaimed films of 2017, and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The book was supposed to explore the lives of his three friends- who were all assassinated- Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, The film uses Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

One of the values of the film is that it is deathless even though James Baldwin died some 30 years ago in 1987, his work and the film is relentlessly relevant because of the fact that the underlying social, political, economic, cultural and psychological issues that he addressed through his writings are still very much a part of our society.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
By Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams

Lincoln: Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.
Omaha: Saturday, March 3 at 1pm: Black History in The Village, 24th & Lake

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. 

One of the challenges producer/director Stanley Nelson faced was there was no way to cover the over 100 historically Black institutions in 90 minutes.  So, Tell Them We Are Rising will feature an HBCU Digital Yearbook.

By Peter Bratt

Lincoln: Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.
Omaha: Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky
By Laura Dunn

Lincoln: Thursday, April 19 at 6:30pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.
Omaha: Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry. On the surface this program, produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, seem to be about the production of food. But it goes much deeper than that. Wendell Berry lives in Kentucky, farms with his family and happens to be a Shakespearian level writer as well. The stronger message of the film, is if we plan on eating food going forward, we should take an interest in the subject of conservation. As an industrial society we have lost touch with our farmers, whose making our food and how we are treating our land and our resources.

Served Like a Girl
By Lysa Heslov

Lincoln: Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm: Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive
In support of the Lincoln Community Foundation's Veterans Support Initiative

Omaha: Wednesday, April 18 at Noon: UNO College of Public Affairs, 6320 Maverick Plaza
Part of UNO's Tribute to the Fallen week

Served Like a Girl is a documentary film chronicling the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. These remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face through the competition. Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars.

While struggling with PTSD, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, competing in Ms. Veteran America ignites an emotional roller coaster for the women. Their stories build through their personal drama to the grand finale of the Ms. Veteran America event itself. They transform before the eyes of the audience and recover lost parts of self and identity, hopefully leaving the audience with a deepened understanding of the diverse women who join the military and what happens to them when they return from war.




Homeless in Nebraska
NET Shines Light on Homelessness
NET News and NET Learning Services offer a series of radio news reports, a TV panel discussion, and more.
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.
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Recent Story Submission from Nebraska
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