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   from the issue of October 7, 2004

Editor to give Thompson Forum address Oct. 12

Leon Wieseltier, a literary editor of the New Republic since 1983, will speak Oct. 12 in the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues and the Kripke Lecture Series.


Wieseltier will discuss "Power and Virtue: American Policy in the Middle East after Sept. 11" at 3:30 p.m. in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The lecture is a collaboration between the Thompson Forum and UNL's Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on the UNL Web site , UNL radio station KRNU (90.3 FM) and Channel 21 on Time Warner Cable television in Lincoln. Jeffrey Spinner-Halev, professor of political science at UNL, will give a pre-lecture talk at 3 p.m. in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room.

In a second lecture in the Kripke series, Wieseltier will discuss "The Silence in American-Jewish Culture: Unhappy Reflections on Jewish Literature" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd St., Omaha. This lecture is also free and open to the public.

After three years as a graduate student in Jewish history at Harvard University, Wieseltier became a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard from 1979 to 1982. Wieseltier is the author of Nuclear War Nuclear Peace, Against Identity and Kaddish. The last book, concerning his father's death, was lauded by the New York Times Book Review as "an astonishing fusion of learning and psychic intensity; its poignancy and lucidity should be an authentic benefit to readers."

The Thompson Forum series, a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center and UNL, promotes better understanding of world events and issues. In 1990, the name of the series was changed in honor of Thompson, who served as president of the Cooper Foundation from 1964 to 1990 and as its chairman from 1990 until his death in 2002.



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