In 1999, Humanities Nebraska collaborated with Governor Ben Nelson to establish the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an annual event to demonstrate the importance of the humanities in public life. His successors, Governors Mike Johanns, Dave Heineman, and Pete Ricketts have continued to enthusiastically support this lecture series, which is free and open to the public.
The lecture features a national renowned speaker and is preceded by a benefit dinner. Each year, the event alternates between Lincoln and Omaha.
In 2016, Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario presented the Governor’s Lecture entitled “Enrique’s Journey and America’s Immigration Dilemma,” the first in the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues 2016-17 series “Crossing Borders” and was sponsored by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires initiative.