Two Israeli archaeologists will be featured speakers at a conference on biblical archaeology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Nov. 8 through 10.
Avraham Faust, a professor at Bar-Ilan University and an expert on Israelite society in the Iron Age, will open the Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology Nov. 8 with a talk on how Israel became a nation. David Ussishkin, professor emeritus of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, will discuss Jerusalem in the times of Solomon, Hezekiah and Nehemiah on Nov. 9.
The conference is named in recognition of the generosity of the late Clifton B. Batchelder and his wife, Anne Stuart Batchelder, former leaders in the Omaha community. It is the 14th annual conference, featuring the latest findings from biblical archaeologists from around the world.
UNO's Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology project is a major focus of the project. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts at a site on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee. Bethsaida is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament.
Speaker to discuss ag's impact on global ecology
University of Maryland ecologist Erle Ellis will discuss agriculture's impact on climate, biodiversity and biogeochemistry during a colloquium today at Iowa State University.
Ellis has developed a scientific approach for mapping the human footprint, including tools that link small-scale human and ecological change with their global causes and consequences.
“This presentation will characterize the emergence and history of agriculture as a global force transforming the Earth's system, while demonstrating the vast potential for agricultural systems to continue evolving ever greater benefits for both humanity and our planet's ecological heritage,” Ellis said.
Ellis is an associate professor in the department of geography and environmental systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Professor to lecture on race, Catholic Church
The Rev. Bryan Massingale, a Marquette University theology professor and past president of the wCatholic Theological Society of America, will talk about racial justice and the Catholic Church during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Creighton University.
The lecture marks the 65th anniversary of the Rev. John Markoe's founding of the Omaha DePorres, a club focused on social justice, in 1947. A mathematics faculty member, Markoe mentored the club into the 1960s.
Several years before boycotts, sit-ins and marches in the American South grabbed headlines, the Omaha DePorres Club used nonviolent but militant tactics to challenge racist attitudes and segregationist practices in Omaha.
Massingale's book “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” received a first-place award from the Catholic Press Association. His lecture will be in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., in Omaha.
A symposium on politics of food in North Korea
The politics of food in North Korea will be the keynote topic during a symposium on human rights and human security Thursday and Friday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, international human rights expert from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will discuss North Korea during her keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Nebraska Union auditorium, 14th and R Streets.
The G.E. Hendricks Symposium is co-sponsored by UNL's Human Rights and Human Affairs program and the College of Arts and Sciences. The event will be hosted by the Political Science Department. It is named in honor of alumnus G.E. Hendricks, who established the symposium in 1976 to explore controversial topics in an unbiased way.
Norfolk college creates international exchange
Northeast Community College in Norfolk has created a program of international study with North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, England.
The agreement will bring six to eight English business students to Nebraska next spring. Northeast students and faculty will visit the northern England college in fall 2013.
Northeast President Michael Chipps said the exchange will allow students to get a much larger view of the world.
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