Governor's Lecture Raises More Than $200,000
More than 1,200 humanities donors, friends, students and community members attended the 24th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities on October 24 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. David Eisenhower’s speech was titled, “D-Day + 75; In the Eyes of America’s Postwar Generations.”
Preceding the lecture, more than 550 humanities donors and friends gathered for a benefit dinner which raised more than $200,000 for HN’s statewide programs. Co-chaired by HN board members Brenda Christensen and Pete Zandbergen, the dinner set a new record for attendance and funds raised.
In the moments before the lecture, Joe Starita received the 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities. He was recognized for his “significant contribution to the public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska” via his work as an author, teacher, journalist, and speaker who focuses on Native American civil rights and history.
David Eisenhower then took the stage to talk about the U.S. invasion of Normandy. He explored how the events of June 1944 changed the tide of World War II as an historian, sharing little-known insights about his grandfather, the Supreme Allied Commander in charge of the invasion, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Following the lecture, Scott Wilson, a history teacher from Omaha Central High School, moderated questions from the audience. Earlier in the day, UNO hosted a campus visit during which Mr. Eisenhower engaged in discussion with a number of students.
The evening closed with Humanities After Hours at the Holland’s rooftop bar, Skyview Terrace. Guests mixed and mingled and talked about the evening’s lecture.
The lecture was rebroadcast on NET Radio on November 8, and a full transcript is now available on the HN website. KIOS Radio in Omaha will also rebroadcast the lecture soon.
HN is grateful to the 2019 Governor’s Lecture committee and for the many sponsors and donors who supported and attended this year’s event. Thank you!