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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2018-2019 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 three films in the black box theatre at the Union for Contemporary Art.


Past Events

Charm City
By Marilyn Ness

Omaha: Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.
Lincoln: Thursday, April 18 at 6pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.

The Providers
By Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin

Lincoln: Tuesday, March 26 at 6pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.
Omaha: Tuesday, April 2 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three “country doctors” in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

Won't You Be My Neighbor
By Morgan Neville

Omaha: Tuesday, March 26 & April 16 at 7pm: Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St.
Lincoln: Thursday, March 28 at 6pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers was beamed daily into homes across America where he and his cast of puppets and friends spoke simply and directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. There wasn't anything like Mr. Rogers on TV before and there hasn’t been since. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on Rogers’ radical legacy of love and kindness.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
By Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana

Lincoln: Thursday, January 17 at 6pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, RUMBLE shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

By Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Lincoln: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6pm: UNL Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.

Dawnland tells the story of the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With intimate access to this groundbreaking process, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.



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
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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
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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››