Thompson Forum on World Issues

Borders. These inky, winding lines divide our globe into 196 countries on seven continents, yet these somewhat arbitrary boundaries no longer bear the significance they once did. Each day millions of people cross borders to conduct business or seek adventure. Immigrants and refugees flood across borders in search of financial security and personal safety. Infectious diseases traverse borders, sneaky infiltrators that pay no heed to rules and regulations. Even the seemingly hard and fast lines defining American politics have blurred in the 2016 presidential election. The 2016-17 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, "Crossing Borders," will explore the relevance of borders in our modern world, both how they define us and, increasingly, the ways in which we ignore them in the interest of commerce, education and personal freedom.

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues offers Nebraskans thought provoking lectures by speakers whose work and ideas impact our changing world. All lectures are held in the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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The E.N. Thompson Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Complete Speaker List-1988-2017