The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its charter all week with special guests and events.


A student-led conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse centered on the role Nebraska can play in promoting civil discourse in the U.S. will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the NU Coliseum.


University Libraries professor and digital-arts coordinator Kay Logan-Peters will deliver the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture: "Building Nebraska U: The Saga of University Hall and the Origins of the Modern University" at 4:30 p.m. in the Champions Club.


A tribute to the university's milestone will be featured at halftime of the Husker men's basketball game against Minnesota. The game tips off at 8 p.m. and is televised on the Big Ten Network.


UNL is encouraging Nebraskans to "Glow Big Red" by showing off their Nebraska pride, wearing red and hanging red lights ahead of Charter Day.


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The university charter and a model of University Hall will be on display during Charter Day at the Wick Alumni Center from 10 a.m. to noon. In the afternoon, Chancellor Ronnie Green will help debut the Dairy Store's newest ice cream flavor "Nifty 150."

That evening, UNL alumnus and CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny will serve as master of ceremonies for "Music and Milestones" at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, a concert of performances by students and alumni of "hit songs from the past 150 years that tell the story of UNL." Tickets are available at liedcenter.org.


Morrill Hall will reopen its fourth floor, closed for 50 years, to debut the new University of Nebraska State Museum exhibit "Cherish Nebraska." The privately funded $11.4 million exhibit highlights the state's natural history.



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