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Cárdenas danced into her own at Nebraska

Anamaría Guzmán Cárdenas isn’t going to box herself in. She never has, and it’s served her well. She’s always followed opportunities that felt right and piqued her curiosity. That’s how, as a high school student in Bogota, Colombia, she followed her intuition to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Social media discourse significantly drives perception of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders

While the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected people from all walks of life in the U.S., the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have experienced an added share of hardships, according to a recent Nebraska study. A recent analysis by Nebraska researchers of the use of the term “China virus” and other racially charged terms by government officials and the media — and the resulting conversations online — reveals more evidence of social media’s powerful influence on public perception and the potential to stoke racist discourse online.

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Former faculty member, wife give $1.2M for human rights program

Support for human rights teaching and research programs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is behind gifts of more than $1.2 million from Robert “Bob” Hitchcock and Melinda Kelly. The couple has established the Hitchcock Family Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs as a permanently endowed fund with a $1 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation. The chair provides salary, teaching and research support for the director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

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Virtual international graduation reception is May 7

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s fifth annual International Student Graduation Reception will be held virtually at 9:30 a.m. May 7. Hosted each year by the Office of Global Strategies and the Nebraska Alumni Association, the reception will celebrate the accomplishments of all international student graduates who have earned degrees since August 2020. 

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Behrendt publishes collection of Romantic-era Irish women poets

Cork University Press has published a ground-breaking critical anthology, “Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English,” edited by Stephen Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The collection assembles work originally published between 1778 and 1838.

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Student research delves into diversity of faith on campus

Diversity in faiths practiced is increasing in the Lincoln community — and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A group of students set out to research the diversity of faiths on campus, attitudes about faith and resources available to practice or worship. Offered through the university’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program, the students, under the advisement of Max Perry Mueller, assistant professor in Classics and Religious Studies, found that there are many different religious backgrounds represented on campus and that respondents are eager to practice their faith on or near campus.

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3 Huskers earn Boren Scholarships

Three University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduates — Alex Christensen, Ethan McDermott and Grant Paisley — have earned the Boren Scholarship to study critical languages. The National Security Education Program’s Boren Award provides U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with significant funding to acquire language skills and experiences in countries critical to the future security and stability of the nation. 

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Alice Kang
Breaking the glass ceiling: Kang tracking female judicial appointments around the globe

For the past seven years, political scientist Alice Kang has been tracking when and how women broke the glass ceiling to be appointed to the highest courts in democratic countries. Kang, associate professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, teamed up with researchers from Texas A&M University and Arizona State University to research and build a database of judicial appointments of women to courts equivalent to the U.S. Supreme Court in both developing and stable democracies. The scholars also looked at the political factors that preceded the first appointments of these female judges.

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Lincoln native Adriana Miller earns Fulbright to teach in Taiwan

Adriana Miller, a senior psychology and sociology major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned a Fulbright award to teach English in Taiwan. Miller was motivated to apply for the Fulbright because of her experiences getting to know many international students at the university and in Lincoln, and because she wanted a longer, more immersive experience in another country.

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Better Aligned: Nebraska’s coordinated approach to engaging sub-Saharan Africa

In the sixth edition of Talking Urban Futures in Africa, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Africa Program director Judd Devermont speaks to Tony Goins (director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development) and Josh Davis (associate vice chancellor for global affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) about Nebraska’s growing relationship with sub-Saharan Africa. They discuss Nebraska’s robust agriculture sector and deepening ties with the region in the areas of human capacity and development as well as private sector partnerships.

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