SAVE THE DATE! - 2023 Lecture - OCTOBER 10, 2023

The 28th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities

"From Moscow to the Lincoln Highway: An Evening with Amor Towles"

Free Public Lecture at 7:30 PM • No ticket required

Photo By Dmitri Kastrine

Best-selling author Amor Towles has been described as creating works that are “Brimming with charm, personal wisdom and philosophic insight.” He has received accolades such as the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NPR, and Amazon’s Best Book of the Year, the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. “A Gentleman in Moscow” optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film in 2012, and by Popcorn Storm Pictures to be made into a 6-8 hour miniseries for Paramount+ and Showtime starring Ewan McGregor in 2017. 

His talk on October 10 will touch on all three of his New York Time best sellers: “The Lincoln Highway” (2021), “A Gentleman in Moscow” (2016), and “Rules of Civility” (2011).

Co-chaired by HN board members Mike Homa and Ana Lopez Shalla, both of Omaha, the lecture was free and open to the public. A benefit event prior to the free lecture raises important funds for HN’s statewide programs. Invitations for the benefit will be mailed this summer.

The 2023 Sower Award in the Humanities will be presented at this event. Please fill out this form to nominate somebody who has helped foster public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska.

History of Humanities Nebraska's Governor's Lecture

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. His successors, Governors Mike Johanns, Dave Heineman, and Pete Ricketts have continued to enthusiastically support this lecture series, 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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