Creighton University begins its four-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council on Friday and Saturday.
Held in Vatican City from October 1962 until December 1965, Vatican II was a gathering of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church to consider the church's place in the modern world. It was a historic event for the church in the 20th century and beyond, with many scholars still debating its meaning and impact.
Friday's event, at the Mike & Josie Harper Center on Creighton's campus, begins at 3 p.m. with a welcome by the Rev. Timothy Lannon, Creighton president. It includes an overview of the plans for observing the anniversary, a keynote address and a reception honoring three participants in Vatican II.
On Saturday, events include a liturgy at St. John Church featuring Vatican II experts as well as a lecture and a faculty panel discussion. Additional events are planned through fall 2015. For more information, visit www.creighton.edu/vaticanii/.
Center at UNO to study overpopulation effects
The problems presented by an overcrowded world will be the focus of education and research at the new Center for Urban Sustainability, which will begin operation next spring at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The center was approved by the NU Board of Regents during its October meeting. It will be supported with contributions from private donors, corporate sponsors and foundations and aggressively compete for federal, state and private research grants. Its goal is to become self-supporting within five years.
Each of UNO's six colleges will play a role in the center, which will be coordinated by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
“The Center for Urban Sustainability will move UNO to the forefront nationally in both research and education in an area of great importance to our community and the nation,” said Mike McGinnis, executive director of the Kiewit Institute.
Penn State to be focus of appearance at UNL
Malcolm Moran, a reporter, journalism teacher and ethicist at Penn State University, will discuss the Penn State child sex abuse scandal during a 2:30 p.m. Friday appearance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The appearance comes eight days after Pennsylvania prosecutors charged former Penn State President Graham Spanier with a variety of charges for allegedly covering up child abuse allegations involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison for his conviction on 45 counts of abusing young boys over a 15-year period. Spanier was UNL chancellor from 1991 to 1995.
Moran's appearance is sponsored by the College of Journalism and Mass Communication. It will be held at Andersen Hall on the UNL campus.
Creighton ranked in top 400 universities
Creighton University ranked among the top 400 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.
Conducted by Thomson Reuters, the rankings are based on 13 performance indicators that examine teaching, research and international outlook.
— Compiled by World-Herald staff writer Leslie Reed