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

The 2015-16 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues welcomes four activists who have embraced his advice. While they champion diverse causes, all possess a compelling fusion of courage, intelligence and charisma, which allows them to share their messages of transformation with the global community. “Activism” will examine the origins of activists and the characteristics of effective social and political movements, narrated with candor by men and women who have inspired generations.

Housing International Events

Have you liked UNL International Student programming page on facebook? Jessica Loke, Residential International Coordinator, has several events that will occur during Fall 2014. Stay to to date to be sure you don't miss out!

Virtual Study Abroad Fair

The Virtual Study Abroad Fair, hosted by CollegeWeekLive, IIE, and the U.S. Department of State will be hosting an online study abroad fair February 25, 2015 from 12 noon EST- 8PM EST. Read more about the programs at the IIE website.

Sheldon hosts Asian lunar new year festival

Sheldon Museum of Art and the Asian Community and Cultural Center are holding a celebration of the Asian lunar new year from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the museum. 

Reel Talk: A Social Justice Film Series

The Japanese Modern Language Department will host this event on April 9th, 2015 at 6:00pm in the JGMC Ubuntu Room. Refreshments provided. Discussion to follow screening with Director Ian Thomas Ash.

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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

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.

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.