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As part of our mission to promote the exploration of ethics and critical thinking across the discipline we host a Brown Bag Luncheon series. These monthly lunches provide an interdisciplinary forum for university faculty, students, and staff to discuss ethical issues and projects that arise or are underway throughout the academic community.

If you would like to attend and would like us to supply a lunch, please send Adam R. Thompson an email roughly seven days before the scheduled luncheon. Please, indicate any dietary restrictions.  And always feel free to bring your own lunch and/or just show up for the conversation.

Next Brown Bag Luncheon

October 5, 2022
Federal policy and the protection of Indigenous Women: A discussion of the Violence Against Women Act

Dr. Emily M. Wright, Ph.D.Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity, Social Sciences, University of Nebraska-Omaha 

Sheena L. Gilbert, M.A.Stockbridge Munsee band of the Mohican Nation, Graduate Research Assistant--Doctoral Student, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Omaha 

The 2013 VAWA reauthorization acknowledged colonization and was the federal government’s first step in the decolonization process. It restored tribal jurisdiction over some VAWA crimes, but there are still gaps regarding the protection of Native women. We discuss the importance of decolonizing VAWA and offer three specific recommendations for VAWA to consider in order to better protect Native women: (1) allow tribes to write their own rape laws, (2) expand tribal jurisdiction to all VAWA crimes and stranger and acquaintance violence, and (3) enhance tribes’ abilities to secure VAWA funds and resources..

October Flier

2022/23 Brown Bag Luncheon Schedule


Join us Noon-1pm Remotely via Zoom--registration required (Registration Link: 

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