NU alumnus, JFK adviser delivers Nov. 18 Thompson lecture

Nov 13th, 2008 | By | Category: Campus News, November 13, 2008

Theodore C. “Ted” Sorensen, former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy and a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs, will be the next E.N. Thompson Forum speaker. His talk, “America and the World, 1962 to 2008: Contrasts and Contradictions,” will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

This free event requires a ticket. At this time, all tickets have been distributed. Check the Lied Center ticket office because tickets are often returned, especially on the day of the lecture. Anyone holding tickets to this lecture and not able to attend is asked to return tickets to the Lied Center for redistribution. Overflow seating will be available in the Van Brunt Visitors Center.

The lecture will be broadcast live at, TimeWarner Cable Channel 21, NETSAT 104 and KRNU radio station (90.3 FM). Live satellite broadcasts and follow-up discussion will be available in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Wayne, Columbus and Omaha (satellite broadcast locations are listed on the Thompson Forum Web site, Audio and video podcasts of the lecture are available on the Thompson Forum Web site within a few days after the lecture.


Sorensen practiced international law for more than 36 years in the prominent U.S. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. A former chairman of the firm’s International Practice Committee, he has represented U.S. and multinational corporations in negotiations with governments worldwide, and has advised and assisted a large number of foreign governments and government leaders, ranging from the late President Anwar El Sadat of Egypt to former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Sorensen is a Lincoln native and graduate of the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska College of Law. His memoir, “Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History,” was published in May.

UNL political scientist Michael Wagner will deliver a lecture pre-talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Steinhart room of the Lied Center.

The Thompson Forum, named for its founder E.N. “Jack” Thompson, brings viewpoints on international and public policy issues to UNL and Nebraska to promote understanding and to encourage debate.

The forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center and UNL. For more information, go to

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