UNK-The first annual Johanns Institute will be held on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus on April 18.

A delegation of one teacher and four junior or senior students from every high school in Nebraska was invited to participate in the Johanns Institute.

“This is a great opportunity for students to debate and discuss real life political and social questions as well as an opportunity for me to hear the voice of Nebraska’s future,” said Governor Mike Johanns.

The institute will consist of three sessions; each divided into several forums. The forums will address current issues in Nebraska, from race relations to the fetal tissue research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Speakers at the forums will be allowed about 5-10 minutes to present their information then the format will shift to a more interactive model as students ask questions of the speakers. Governor Johanns will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. during the luncheon. All of the forums will be held in the Nebraskan Student Union.

Tours of the UNK campus will be given throughout the day to participants of the institute and a collection of proposals and essays about the Johanns Institute will be compiled and made available to interested teachers and students.