Humanities Desk On Demand

April 6, 2012
Elliot West discusses the middle late nineteenth century, a time of tremendous change here on the Prairie, and the differences between History and Folklore.
March 9, 2012
Almost everyone has an opinion about religion. But, as with politics, it's a topic often difficult to discuss. Jerry Johnston talked with two religion scholars about the difficulties of talking about religion and one word in particular which has the power to divide—fundamentalism.
March 2, 2012
"I Am A Man" tells the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear in this year's selection for One Book One Nebraska, a statewide reading and discussion program. Author Joe Starita also had an important role in the NET television documentary "Standing Bear's Footsteps". Robyn Wisch of KVNO Omaha recently... more››
February 27, 2012
UNMC studies the mental, physical, social and sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered individuals that have worked and played in the state of Nebraska.
January 19, 2012
A new exhibit of inscribed quilts at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln is a window on women's history and presents a few mysteries, as well.
January 19, 2012
Larry Williams is director of the Malone Community Center in Lincoln. He reflects on the continuity between the Civil Rights movement and current student support programs.
January 19, 2012
Events 150 years ago shaped today's Nebraska: The Emancipation Proclamation, the Homestead Act, Morrill Act and Pacific Railway Act. University of Nebraska Lincoln Historian Will Thomas gives a brief overview of the influence of those events in 1862.
December 10, 2011
The well known Chiara String Quartet performed at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach recently. The performance raised questions about the necessity of fine art and the unwritten rules of the concert hall.
October 14, 2011
Eric Foner’s book describes Lincoln’s changing strategy for ending slavery. Foner delivers the 2011 Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.