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One Book – One Lincoln – 2003 – Programs

One Book – One Lincoln – 2003
Special Programs

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“One Book – One Lincoln – 2003” programs

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Programs have been scheduled at various public libraries during September, October and November around the themes of Bel Canto. The programs include such topics as as opera appreciation, hostage negotiation, language translation, the music of South America, writing techniques and the different forms which love may take.


Demystifying Opera with Dr. William Shomos & Ms. Ariel Bybee

UNL’s Director of Opera Dr. William Shomos and Ariel Bybee (passed in 2018), Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska’s School of Music, offer a presentation designed to introduce an appreciation of opera for the average listener.

Sunday, September 28th, 2:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street


The Art of Hostage Negotiation with Chief Tom Casady

Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady presents a talk about what really happens during hostage negotiations.

Wednesday, October 8th, noon.
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street


Little Opera House on the Prairie with Jim McKee

Noted Lincoln and Nebraska historian Jim McKee will talk about the history of Opera Houses in Nebraska, including a slide show and numerous humorous anecdotes.

Sunday, October 12th, 2:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue


To Die For: The Music of Bel Canto

Your opportunity to hear some of the beautiful arias that so moved the characters in Bel Canto. A narrative will set each area within the context of its appearance in Ann Patchett’s book. Featuring Ariel Bybee, Dr. James E. Ford and University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera students. This program is presented by the Friends of Opera, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30 p.m.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium
12th & “R” Street


When Every Word Counts: The International Translator with Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce

UNL professor of Russian and Czech Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce presents a talk on the experiences of an international translator, and the importance of accuracy and cultural sensitivity in the translation.

Sunday, October 19th, 2:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 South 56th Street


Kusi-Taki – Music of South America

The local musical group Kusi-Taki presents a performance of Andean and Peruvian-style music native to the setting of Bel Canto.

Sunday, October 26th, 2:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 South 56th Street


How Should It End? A Guided Writing Exercise with Twyla Hansen

Twyla Hansen, noted midwestern author and poet, offers a presentation on writing technique, focusing on how to end your stories. This will be an interactive workshop – so come prepared to participate!

Saturday, November 1st, 10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street


The Many Faces of Love with Rev. Dr. Otis Young

The Rev. Dr. Otis Young of First Plymouth Congregational Church, will talk about the many and varied forms that love may take.

Sunday, November 9th, 2:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
6701 South 14th Street


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