Nebraska Wesleyan University Lecture Series

Thursday, March 12, 12:00 p.m.

Lecture: Suffrage in the 21st Century: We’re on Defense – Callen Conference Center

Bri McLarty – Voting Rights Director at Nebraskans for Civic Reform. The 1900s saw movements to expand access to our elections. Starting with the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the early 1900s, activists held rallies, contacted elected officials, wrote op-eds and used civil disobedience to get us to the point where every US citizen had the right to participate in Elections. Today, the descendants of these activists are fighting to protect those very same rights from the latest wave to curb access: voter ID.

Co-Sponsored by NWU Multicultural Programs Office, Gender Studies and Political Science Department, and YWCA Lincoln.


Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture: How to Improve Outcomes for Black Males – Callen Conference Center

Dr. Joseph Marshall, Jr. is an author, lecturer, radio talk show host, and community activist. He is the founder of Alive & Free (, an international violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA. His worked has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 since 1987. Co-Sponsored by the NWU Action Council, Gender Studies, and Gender Advocacy Place


Sunday, April 12, 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop: XXIX Peacemaking Workshop: Eating (Jim Crow) featuring Leonard Pitts, Jr. –– First United Methodist Church – 2723 North 50th Street,

Leonard Pitts, Jr. is an American commentator, journalist, and novelist. He is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work focuses on race, politics, and culture. Mr. Pitts won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2004. Leonard Pitts, Jr. will speak at 1:00 p.m. followed by five workshops dealing addressing Divisions Created by Race & Divisions Created by Poverty.

YWCA Young Women’s Advocacy Day


The YWCA Lincoln is hosting a Young Women’s Advocacy Day at the Nebraska State Capitol on March 12 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The event is open to both young women and men ages 14 to 24 and will promote political awareness and dialogue surrounding immigration, equity for women on college campuses, and the gender pay gap.

Speakers will include representatives from The Center for Immigration Legal Assistance, The University of Nebraska Lincoln, Voices of Hope, and the Women’s Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster County. Registration is required for college students, community members, and high school students, but there is no cost for registration or for lunch.

High school student registration

Young adult and College student registration

Guided tours of The Quilted Conscience Project in Omaha

Quilted Conscience ProjectThere are several chances in Omaha to see “The Quilted Conscience Project,” a moving and meaningful art project that fosters cross-cultural bonds across generations.

You can see The Quilted Conscience Project at the Joslyn Art Museum and KANEKO gallery through April 25. Free, guided shuttle tours of all three locations will be held:

March 14

March 28

April 11 

All guided tours will be held from 1-4 p.m. Click here to RSVP for a guided tour

The Quilted Conscience Project works with immigrant and refugee children, newly arrived in the United States, as well as community members whose families have been here for generations and now are getting to know their newest neighbors. Together, the groups form bonds and discover similarities through sharing their dreams and memories via quilting. It encourages creativity, respect, and friendship.

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Medicaid-128Close the Coverage Gap Lobby Day

Thursday, March 19th, 8:30-9:00am

Join Nebraska Appleseed and supporters on March 19th to speak with your State Senator about why they must support LB472 and ensure 54,000 Nebraskans can get the health care they need.

Read the details and register!

One Person Stands Up For Justice: The Appleseed Poster Show

Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00pm

onepersonstandsupA powerful tool for advocating change, quite possibly the purest form of communication, the poster, will be up on display this April at the Bancroft building in South Omaha. Specifically, 44 posters by Nebraska designers for Nebraska Appleseed, a non-profit, nonpartisan public interest law firm that works for equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. Over the last four years at their annual community awards event called the Good Apple Awards, these prints, hand-pulled by Screen Ink in Lincoln, have been used to help tell the story of Appleseed and the people the organization helps. As well as to inspire others to stand up for justice in their own communities.

These posters, at 18×24 inches, are small when compared to the daunting challenges of reducing poverty, creating welcoming communities for everyone, or expanding access to health care. But they are a reminder that it only takes one person. One person is all that’s needed to write a letter, to call a Senator, to march for opportunity, to rally for equality. One person is all that’s needed to say no to discrimination, oppression, and indifference. To stand up for justice, it only takes one person.

One seemingly small act, when taken together, can lead to profound, positive change in the places we all call home. These posters as a collection are positive, uplifting and hopeful. They’re an example of the roll-up-our-sleeves work ethic of the people in our state who donate time and talent to help an organization make change by doing the one thing that designers know best how to do — move people to action.

Entry to the poster show is free, with all proceeds from poster sales going directly to Nebraska Appleseed. Learn more and RSVP

The 2015 Good Apple Awards

Save the date for Appleseed’s annual event honoring Nebraskans who stand up for justice and opportunity for all:

good-apple-awardsThursday, October 8, 2015
Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom
4920 S 30th St
Omaha, NE 68107

Stay tuned for info about this year’s honorees!