Humanities Desk On Demand

February 19, 2009
This month is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is marking the event with a series of lectures exploring the impact of Darwin's Theory of Evolution on science, religion and society. Dan Crawford, senior lecturer in the Classics and Religious... more››
February 16, 2009
It's a big week for Lincoln, Nebraska—the biggest city named for our 16th President. A week-long commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth is underway. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin caps off the celebration with a Sunday evening lecture at the Lied Center. Her Pulitzer... more››
February 10, 2009
Nebraska's first two capitol buildings were built on the cheap and quickly fell into disrepair. As they say, the third time is the charm. Jerry Johnston reports. Visit for more on Lee Lawrie and Greg Harm's book "Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco." Visit more››
February 2, 2009
He's big, he's brass, and he is Nebraska's most famous sculpture—The Sower. But the man who created The Sower would be happy that very few people know his name. Jerry Johnston reports. For more on Lawrie, and more on Greg Harm's research and book, please visit
January 13, 2009
For more on UNL's efforts to keep Nebraska's Czech heritage alive, please visit
December 22, 2008
Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 21st. NPR's special "Hanukkah Lights" contains a story by University of Nebraska Lincoln writing professor Gerald Shapiro. NET Radio's Jerry Johnston talked with Shapiro about the story behind the story. NPR's Hanukkah Lights program: more››
December 22, 2008
Jerry Johnston's complete, unedited interview with University of Nebraska Lincoln writing professor Gerald Shapiro about his story "The Latke Maven," featured on NPR's Hanukkah Lights. NPR's Hanukkah Lights programs: More on Gerald... more››
December 12, 2008
Four hundred years ago this week, the author John Milton was born. His first published work told the story of another birth—a birth being celebrated around the world this month. Jerry Johnston has more.
December 8, 2008
To read more about the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and to see Dean Jacobs photos and read his blog entries (and a LOT more) go to
November 24, 2008
The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, which performed in Nebraska earlier this month, has been performing in Baghdad this week. From Wayne, Nebraska, Mike Marek reports.