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Lied Center to Present Lecture by World-Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues proudly announces its 2014-2015 lecture series titled “The Creative World” featuring distinguished experts spanning a host of industries including a poet, physicist, educator, economist, multiple scholars and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Tickets to fall lectures will be available for reservation at the Lied Center Box Office beginning Aug. 25. Spring lecture tickets will be available on Jan.12. All lectures will take place on the Lied Center main stage.

The lecture series’ theme, The Creative World, will center on creativity’s role and impact on our society. “Top industry thought leaders will demonstrate what creativity means to them,” said Lloyd Ambrosius, E.N. Thompson Program Committee Chair. “Together we will explore how creativity can change our culture and our planet for the better.”

A special lecture event, presented by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, will feature the most celebrated cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma (Dec. 5). Ma, a 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and prominent speaker is scheduled to perform a concert on the Lied Center stage the evening prior to his lecture. “You’d be hard pressed to identify a lecturer more qualified to speak on the topic of creativity than Yo-Yo Ma,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “We are delighted to have the opportunity not only to hear Mr. Ma play his instrument on our stage, but to listen to him share his astute observations on creativity.”

The 2014-2015 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues will include lectures by:


Humanities Nebraska Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities:

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate

"The Quarrel with Ourselves"

Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.


Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Media Lab

“How to Make (Almost) Anything”

Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

Sponsor: Nebraska Innovation Campus


British Debate Team

“Are Social Media a Threat to Human Creativity?”

Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Sponsors: Department of Communication Studies and Center for Civic Engagement


The Lied Center Presents Yo-Yo Ma, World-Renowned Cellist

“Cultural Citizens”

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

For pricing and tickets visit LiedCenter.org

Milton Chen, George Lucas Educational Foundation

“Creativity, Curiosity, and Learning”

Feb. 24, 2015, 7 p.m.

Sponsor:  College of Education and Human Sciences


The Chuck and Linda Wilson Dialogue:

Marlo Lewis, Competitive Enterprise Institute and Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University

“Cutting Carbon Emissions: Better Environment, Worse Economy?”

March 3, 2015, 7 p.m.


Lecture summaries and biographical information on each of the speakers is available on the E.N. Thompson Forum's website, http://www.enthompson.unl.edu.


Tickets for the Yo-Yo Ma lecture are $34.00 (plus fees, no discounts). Free tickets will be available for UNL students. Limited quantity available. All other E.N. Thompson lectures are free to the public. Tickets are required for all lectures and can be obtained at the Lied Center Box Office. Call the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 402-472-4747. You may also pick up tickets in person (301 N. 12th Street), or download a ticket order form to order by mail or fax.

In most cases, tickets are available at the door, but requesting yours in advance ensures you a seat. These are general admission events; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.