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Unitarian Church 
of Lincoln

a caring community uniting
reason with spiritual exploration

a caring community uniting
reason with spiritual exploration

a caring community uniting
reason with spiritual exploration

a caring community uniting
reason with spiritual exploration


2015 Winter Lecture Series 

National Borders and Refugees: 
Social and Political Consequences

Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A Street

Free programming and plenty of available parking 

Many of the world’s peoples are on the move, sometimes pulled by the promise of better lives elsewhere,   but more often pushed by the threats of or the existence of wars, violent crime, shortages of food or water, or by governments that are unstable, corrupt or authoritarian. Lacking a sense that they can live satisfying   or even sustainable lives, they become refugees who must adjust to new physical and cultural environments. This Lecture Series is about those issues.

The 2015 Winter Lecture Series will consist of six lectures presented on six successive Sundays from 2/8/15 to 3/15/15. All activities will be at the newly renovated Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street. Each Sunday session will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM, with the 1-hour lecture followed by a brief refreshment period and then an audience-driven Q&A. The lectures are free and open to the public and parking is available. 


To view videos of the Lectures and Q&A, please visit our WLS Video Page

February 8, 2015. “People on the Move: Cultures in Flux: Migrants, Refugees and Movers.” Professor David Iaquinta of Wesleyan University, Sociology Department, will provide an overview of nationalism, national identify, patterns of refugee flow and migration in history and currently. View LectureQ&A

February 15, 2015. “The UN and Refugees: Political Solutions for Humanitarian Problems?” Professor David Forsythe of UNL Political Science will discuss the role of the UN agencies, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), incorporating information about refugees in middle east—Palestine, Syria, etc. View LectureQ&A

February 22, 2015. “US Government Policies Toward Refugees and Immigrants.” Professor Anna Shavers of UNL’s Law School will discuss US government policies toward refugees and immigrants. No videos available

March 1, 2015. “Immigration from Central America and Mexico.” Professor Sergio Wals of UNL’s Political Science will lecture on immigration from Central America and Mexico. View LectureQ&A

March 8, 2015. “Conflict and Refugees in Africa.” Professor Bob Hitchcock of Anthropology at Truman State University at Kirksville, Missouri, will discuss conflict and refugees in Africa. View LectureQ&A

March 15, 2015. “Lincoln: A Refugee Friendly City!” Marvin Almy, past Executive Director of the Human Services Federation and Refugee Coordinator for Lincoln Literacy, will describe refugees in Lincoln. 

The lecture series is supported by a major grant from Humanities Nebraska and receives additional support from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). 

For additional information, contact Dick Dienstbier at rdien@neb.rr.com or 402-489-7545. 




A Brief History of the Winter Lecture Series 

Winter Lecture Series programs from the beginning (includes descriptions, topics, and speakers) 

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