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 speaker 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 Wiesel; 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.

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.

View the 2017-2018 season schedule on the Forum website.

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Videos of the lectures from the 2016-2017 season are available to view and download:

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