Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities

“World War One: Remembering America’s Forgotten War”

featuring David Reynolds
Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

Thursday, October 1, 2015 •  7:30 p.m.
Free public lecture • No tickets necessary


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David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He studied at Cambridge and Harvard Universities and has been a regular visitor to the United States since first going to the U.S. as a graduate student in 1973. Since October 2013 he has been Chairman of the Faculty of History at Cambridge.

Professor Reynolds is the author of eleven books as well as three edited and co-edited volumes. His most recent book, The Long Shadow, on the legacies of the Great War for the 20th century, was awarded the 2014 Hessell-Tiltman Prize. Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, wrote: “If you only read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is compelling and original.”

He also has written and presented nine historical documentaries for BBC TV, ranging across the international history of the 20th century, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series America, Empire of Liberty. His visiting positions include posts at Harvard, Nihon University in Tokyo and Sciences Po in Paris. He won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2004, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005, and a member of the Society of American Historians in 2011.

The 2015 Sower Award in the Humanities will also be presented at the event.

Benefit dinner/reception: 5:30

Lecture: 7:30

Followed by Q&A and book signing with speaker David Reynolds.


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In 1996, Humanities Nebraska collaborated with Governor Ben Nelson to establish the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an annual event to demonstrate the importance of the humanities in public life. Governor Dave Heineman enthusiastically supports the lecture, which is free and open to the public. The lecture features a nationally renowned speaker and is preceded by a benefit dinner.  Each year the event alternates between Lincoln and Omaha.  When held in Lincoln, the Governor’s Lecture is affiliated with the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues lecture series at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In addition to bringing a nationally recognized speaker to Nebraska and building a strong working relationship with Nebraska’s governor, the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities increases public visibility for Humanities Nebraska and its programs and generates income for statewide humanities programs. Annually, Humanities Nebraska honors individuals, institutions, businesses and communities with the Sower Award in the Humanities for contributions to public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska, based on nominations and letters of support from the citizens of Nebraska. The Sower Award is an original bronze sculpture by Nebraska artist Sondra Dunn Mahoney.



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