Contact: Wayne Babchuck
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Lincoln (Neb.) - Aug. 25, 1998 - The 1998-99 E.N. Thompson Forum of World Issues lecture series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln begins Sept. 9 with an address by Dorothy "Dot" Ridings, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Foundations, "As the World Turns: Global Giving Goes Center Stage."
The lecture, titled "As the World Turns: Global Giving Goes Center Stage," is free and open to the public. It will begin at at 3:30 p.m. that day in the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. They also are available live via satellite at sites throughout Nebraska, including College Park in Grand Island, state colleges, community colleges and high schools.
Ridings will describe how the past decade has seen an incredible growth of foundations in the United States and around the world. In the United States alone, foundations contributed nearly $14 billion in 1996, but Ridings says that with fewer government resources available, foundations and other non- governmental organizations will be called on to do more.
With record stock market growth and an expected international transfer of more than $10 trillion over the next 40 years, Ridings predicts an opportunity to encourage even more giving and organized philanthropy.
Her lecture is the first of five in this year's series. The other four lectures are:
Oct. 13: Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University professor and curator in entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, will present "Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge." Wilson's address is co-sponsored by the NU College of Arts and Sciences.
Nov. 12: Robert K. Hitchcock, chair and associate professor of anthropology at NU, "Africa: Environmental Conservation, Development and Human Rights."
March 9: Anthony Lake, former national security adviser to President Clinton, "Superpower or Supercop: Dangers and Opportunities in the Post Cold War Era." Lake's lecture is co- sponsored by the Lewis E. Harris Lecture series at NU.
April 14: Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize-winning CNN international correspondent, "Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad to Bosnia."
Major funding for the Thompson Forum is provided by the
Cooper Foundation. The series is named in honor of E.N. Thompson,
chairman of the foundation and originator of the series.
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