Public Policy Seminars Announced
Two new seminars have been announced as part of the 2002-2003 University of Nebraska Public Policy Seminar Series:
  • The Thomas C. Sorensen Forum for Political Leadership, and

  • Policy Models and Innovations for Small Town Success
The Seminars are open to members of the public as well as University faculty, staff and students -- anyone with an interest in contemporary public policy issues in Nebraska.

The annual Thomas C. Sorensen Forum for Political Leadership will be held on Thursday, June 19, at Mahoney State Park. The Leadership Forum is intended to build skills necessary for effective political leadership, address challenges involved in seeking public office, and assist individuals with an interest in entering public life. The Forum features presentations and workshops with Professor Stephen Buhler from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English, Former Nebraska Secretary of State Scott Moore, Former NU Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Irv Omtvedt, and Former State Senator Sandy Scofield. Anyone interested in enhancing his or her understanding of the challenges of elected public office or volunteer positions is encouraged to attend. The Forum is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the UNL College of Arts & Sciences.

The seminar entitled "Policy Models and Innovations for Small Town Success" will be held on Saturday, June 28, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Seminar will cover challenges and opportunities in policy formation and economic and community development in rural Nebraska. Professor Randy Cantrell of the UNL Center for Applied Rural Innovation and Professor Peter Longo of UNK\'s Department of Political Science will serve as the seminar leaders. Panel discussions will feature Judge Cloyd Clark from McCook, Al Wenstrand from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture and the offices of Senator Chuck Hagel, Senator Ben Nelson, Representative Tom Osborne. Those interested in enhancing their understanding of community development and sustainability challenges and opportunities in Nebraska are encouraged to attend. The seminar is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative, the UNL College of Arts & Sciences, and UNK.

Registrations are due three days prior to each seminar. Regular registration is $40 per person. Registration for NU students, faculty, and staff is $15.

For more information and registration materials visit the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center website at or contact Tarik Abdel Monem at 402-472-3147 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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