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   from the issue of September 6, 2007

Sartore to deliver E.N. Thompson's Sept. 13 opener

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is the first lecturer in the 2007-08 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

"Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land" begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The lecture kicks off the forum's 20th-season theme, "Changing Nature." The slate of speakers will explore a cross-section of themes on the science and politics of environmentalism.

Tickets are required for all Thompson lectures. They are free and available at the Nebraska Union, Westfield Gateway or the Lied Center. A mail form is available online at

The lectures can also be viewed online from a link at They are also broadcast on Lincoln cable channel 21, NEBSAT 105, and 90.3 KRNU.

Prior to Sartore's lecture, Olive Bucklin, senior producer with NET, will offer a pre-talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room.

Sartore, a UNL journalism alumnus, began his career with the National Geographic Society in 1991. He has completed 17 stories for National Geographic magazine, focusing on natural history and wildlife. Sartore's photographs have also run in Audubon, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Time magazines, and in numerous books. He has been featured on several television and radio programs. He was recently profiled in the PBS documentary, "At Close Range."

For 19 years, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has brought a diversity of viewpoints on international and public policy issues to UNL and the citizens of Nebraska, in order to promote understanding and to encourage debate. The forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers, nor limit their freedom to express their points of view.

The Thompson Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center and UNL. In 1990, the series was named in honor of E.N. "Jack" Thompson (1913-2002), a 1933 graduate of the University of Nebraska, who served as president of the Cooper Foundation from 1964 to 1990 and as its chairman from 1990 until his death.

Through a grant from the Cooper Foundation, the Nebraska Humanities Council is collaborating with colleges and universities across Nebraska to simulcast the forum lectures at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Wayne State College, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Click here to see Sara Pipher's video interview with Joel Sartore.



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