The second annual Johanns Institute for Nebraska Politics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will take place Friday, April 6, at the Ramada Inn, Kearney. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will conclude at 3 p.m.

The Johanns Institute is a day-long colloquium on political and social issues that affect Nebraskans.

“Its purpose is to introduce high school students from around the state to discussion and debate concerning important contemporary issues and to encourage them to become active and engaged citizens within their state and nation,” said James Scott, political science department chair.

Governor Johanns will convene the event, which will feature presentations from professors, public officials, and community activists.

For more information about the Johanns Institute and how to register, please contact the UNK Political Science Office at (308) 865-8506.

The complete schedule is as follows:

9- 9:30 a.m. Registration

9:30-10 a.m. Plenary Session– Governor Mike Johanns

10:15-11:15 a.m. Session One
Panel A: School Violence, James Gilbert, UNK Criminal Justice
Panel B: Term Limits, Senator Doug Kristensen, Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature and Ron Lockard, Nebraska Republican Party

11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. Session Two
Panel A: Free Speech, UNK Political Science Students
Panel B: Economic Development in Nebraska, Claude Louishomme, UNK Political Science

12:30-1:45 p.m. Luncheon– Keynote by Jack Gould, Nebraska Common Cause

2-3 p.m. Session Three
Panel A: Fetal Tissue Research, Good Samaritan Hospital
Panel B: Nebraska in the Global Economy, James Scott and Dan Cox, UNK Political Science