Events & Opportunities

E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues

Over the past two decades, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. Past Thompson Forum events have featured, among many others: Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Weisel; Camelia Sadat, the daughter of Anwar Sadat and founder of the Sadat Peace Institute; Maki Mandela, daughter of the former South African president; the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University; Hedrick Smith, journalist and expert on the former Soviet Union; Kennedy Administration Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues

LIED CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, CITY CAMPUS - MAR 18TH 7PM
Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon, will present "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization", the fifth lecture in this year's E.N. Thompson Forum series: “Us & Them.”  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Water Security & Peace Symposium - May 28-29 2014

This symposium aims to increase awareness of the University of Nebraska’s commitment to water security and peace in the Middle East and around the world. This two day symposium will focus on the different ways international actors, countries and communities cooperate around water and natural resources. Download symposium flyer for more information.

Interdisciplinary Class on Water Security and Peace Offered in 2014

In the summer 2014, The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led by Global Studies and Judaic Studies, is planning an interdisciplinary class that focuses on the role of water security and peace in the Middle East, the US and around the world. Using Israel and its relation to its neighbors as the main case study, but including discussions of the US and other regions, the three week pre-session course will start in early May 2014 and be coordinated by Dr. Patrice McMahon, Political Science and Global Studies and Dr. Jean Cahan, Philosophy and Judaic Studies. The class will include lectures from internationally experts of water policy, public policy and the Middle East, as well as UNL faculty. Download the class flyer for more information.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer opportunities for Americans aged 18 or over who are interested in public service abroad. And if you're a return volunteer, learn about short-term opportunities to re-engage—either in the US or abroad. Learn more on the Peace Corps website.

Disaster and Change in Japan

JACKIE GAUGHAN MULTICULTURAL CENTER - UNITY ROOM, CITY CAMPUS - APR 10TH 3-5PM
The Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies presents a lecture by MIT Professor Richard J. Samuels.  Dr. Samuels will be discussing the impact of natural disaster, namely tsunami, on Japanese wellbeing, as well as the economy.  There will be a book signing and discussion following the lecture. Dr. Samuels' book can be purchased at the UNL Bookstore. With any questions contact Dan Riley.  

Bento-Japanese Culture in a Box

KAUFFMAN CENTER - GREAT HALL, CITY CAMPUS - APR 11TH 3-5PM
Join cookbook author and travel writer Debra Samuels for a lecture and cooking class provided by the Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies. Contact Madoka Wayoro at mwayoro2@unl.edu with any questions.

How to Speak to Your Family about Going Abroad

LOVE LIBRARY SOUTH 127 - CONFERENCE ROOM, CITY CAMPUS - APR 15TH 3:30-4:30PM
Join UNL Education Abroad for a presentation by Angela Manginelli, AIFS Regional Director of University Relations, on how to speak to families and loved ones about opportunities abroad. Email educationabroad@unl.edu with any questions, and if you haven't already done so, like them on Facebook!

Chinese Cooking Class

LEVERTON HALL - COOKING LAB RM. 206, EAST CAMPUS - APR 28TH 6-7:30PM
Learn to make beef chow fun and honey walnut shrimp from the experts at the Confucius Institute. Class size is limited to 20 people, and cost is $30/person. Registration fee must be paid in advance and includes course materials, handouts, tasting food, and drinks. Contact Angela Rystrom with any questions at arystrom2@unl.edu or at 402-472-5370. 

Whitaker International Summer and Undergraduate Programs

The online application for the Whitaker International Summer Program for Summer 2014 is now available with a February 4, 2014 deadline.

With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides biomedical/bioengineering students (and those in a related field) funding to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME). Read more about the programs and requirements at the Whitaker website.



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Opportunities in China

Chinese government to support international students

The Chinese government will support about 50,000 international students in China in 2015, and the country will become the largest Asian destination for such students in 2020, high-level Chinese officials said on April 25. Get more information on the Chinese Government website.


100k Strong promotes study abroad in China

The 100,000 Strong Foundation encourages students of diverse backgrounds from across the US to learn Mandarin and study in China. Learn more at http://100kstrong.org/.


Schwarzman Scholars

With a $300 million commitment, Schwarzman Scholars is the most significant program of its kind since the Rhodes Trust and will be the largest philanthropic effort undertaken in China by largely foreign donors. Learn more at Schwarzman Scholars website.

UNL Tax Prep Service

NEBRASKA UNION, CITY CAMPUS - MAR 4TH, 11TH & 25TH
In an effort by the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Involvement international students and scholars can file their federal tax returns for free during the month of March.  Stop in on Tuesday March 4th, 11th, or 25th to complete the required forms to maintain visa status.  Visit the UNL Tax Credit Campaign website or contact Linda Moody with any questions.

Diversify Your World: A Panel on Global Careers

NEBRASKA UNION - HERITAGE ROOM, CITY CAMPUS - APR 14TH 4-5PM
Join Global Studies in a discussion and Q&A on careers in the international arena. Panelists' backgrounds include experience with the U.S. State Department, USID, Peace Corps, Dept. of Economic Development, Americorps, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Refugee Resettlement, to name a few. Contact globalstudies@unl.edu with any questions.

Chinese Corner

NEBRASKA HALL, RM. W130, CITY CAMPUS - APR 16TH 6-7:30PM
Join the Confucius Institute for Chinese Corner every Wednesday for Chinese Corner.  Everyone of all skills is invited to come to Nebraska Hall to practice their Chinese language skills and learn more about Chinese culture.  Contact Jessie Liqing with any questions.