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“Who Stole the American Dream” lecture to be simulcast

Nebraskans in six different communities will have the opportunity to hear Hedrick Smith deliver the lecture “Who Stole the American Dream?” on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Humanities Nebraska will collaborate with six colleges and universities to simulcast Smith’s talk, the third lecture of the 2013-2014 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, as he speaks at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln.

Simulcast programs will begin at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Mountain Time) and will be followed by a community conversation at the following locations: Central Community College in Columbus, Hastings College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, North Platte Community College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

Both students and community members are invited to join in viewing the lecture and discussing its implications, in order to allow a greater number of Nebraskans to benefit from outstanding speakers on important topics.

The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are required only for the Lied Center in Lincoln and guarantee a reserved seat there.

The question of what America’s role in the world should be today is at the heart of this year’s E.N. Thompson lecture series “Us and Them”, a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Hedrick Smith is an author and producer who spent 26 years at The New York Times, where he was among the team that produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers. Since 1989, he has created more than two dozen primetime specials for PBS and has won numerous awards—among them two Emmys—for this television work. His lecture, based on his 2012 book of the same title, tells the story of how our nation moved from an era of middle class prosperity, power and effective bipartisan politics, to today’s polarized politics, starkly unequal democracy, and gaping inequalities in the economy.

The 2013-2014 E.N. Thompson lecture series will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 25 with Andrew Bacevich and Derek Chollet, who will speak on “The American Military: War and Peace, Spending and Politics.” On Tuesday, March 18 Yong Zhao will give the final lecture in this year’s series, “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization.”

More information about the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is available at For more information about the simulcasts contact Mary Yager at Humanities Nebraska, (402) 474-2131 ext. 103 or

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.