March 23, 2023

Interdisciplinary panel to cap CAS Inquire season focused on 'Common Ground'


A panel representing four disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences will convene at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium to discuss the 2022-23 CAS Inquire theme, “Searching for Common Ground in a Polarized World.”

The event is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed. Register to attend via Zoom.

The CAS Inquire program offers a series of public lectures around a theme that changes annually, providing an avenue for students to connect with college thought leaders and peers. Each lecture is part of a one-credit course with three steps: read background material before the lecture, attend the lecture, and then discuss the topic with the speaker.

Speakers and topics this year — all of whom will take part in the March panel discussion — are:

  • Julia Schleck, English, gave the Sept. 6 talk “America’s uncertain search for truth and the fate of universities”

  • Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, political science, gave the talk “Partisan polarization and the need for civic respect” on Oct. 4 last year

  • Regina Werum, sociology, gave the Nov. 1 talk “Human-climate dynamics in the anthropocene: the connection between climate extremes and social unrest”

  • Geoff Lorenz, political science, gave the talk “Making polarization work for you: a politician’s survival guide” on Jan. 24

  • Margaret Jacobs, history, gave the Feb. 21 talk “In search of reconciliation on America’s stolen lands”

Details about the program and videos of the talks are available online.