The Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium is a new program sponsored in part by a grant from the Hixson-Lied Foundation and a collaboration with the Lied Center for the Performing Arts.

Directed by Rhonda Garelick, it consists of a public performing arts series attached to an artists-in-residence program and special seminar for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students.

The following is a rundown of this year's IAS events:

Robert O'Meally, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, UNL Visitors Center: The founder and former director of the Center for Jazz Studies will deliver a talk prior to the Lied performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Tickets: Free (contact to reserve a seat).

Thomas DeFrantz, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Sheldon Museum of Art: The MIT theater arts and dance professor performs "MONK," his solo tap dance event about jazz great Thelonius Monk. Tickets: Free (no reservations needed).

"No Child," Nilaja Sun, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Kimball Recital Hall: The playwright/actor shines a light on the struggles and miracles of America's public schools in this solo show. A moderated audience discussion with Sun and director Hal Brooks follows the performance. Tickets: $20, $10 students; 472-4747.

Marcia Siegel, Nov. 9, location and time to be determined: The internationally known dance critic, historian and teacher delivers a lecture about modern dance. Tickets: Free (contact to reserve a seat).

"Disavowal," David Dorfman Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Johnny Carson Theater: Modern dance choreographer Dorfman and his company perform his piece inspired by the life and legacy of abolitionist and (in)famous "race traitor" John Brown. Tickets: Free (contact to reserve a seat).