"Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibition highlighting historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, will be on Display August 20 - September 20 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha yearbook or annual went by several names, beginning as the Gateway in 1915 and then becoming the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick in 1973-1975. Through the yearbooks themselves, the exhibit highlights the university’s response to World War II; images of the growing and changing campus, especially Arts & Sciences Hall; and changes in the content and appearance of the yearbook. The exhibit in Archives & Special Collections marks 100 years since the publication of the university's first yearbook and the free online access to UNO’s yearbook first available in 2015 from Criss Library.
The current exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has a display of Afghan Art dating from the 1st century B.C.E. to the present. Items on display reveal information on Greco-Bactrian art, contemporary art, popular art, and miniature paintings by Bihzad, a famous Afghan painter from late 15th and early 16th centuries. Also included in the display are handmade pottery works from Afghanistan, produced in Istalif, a small town north of Kabul during the mid-twentieth century.
The newest exhibit in Archives & Special Collections at Criss Library gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Chuck Hagel on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel decided to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. As such, Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state if he intended to win the election. One way Hagel gained support was through local parades and events. This approach helped Hagel win the election and maintain his seat when he ran again in 2002. The photos on display provide a look into the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel, his family, his campaign staff, and his volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for Hagel in his two runs for public office.
Criss Library and University of Nebraska - Omaha gratefully acknowledge
the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation and Dr. Guinter Kahn
as a primary benefactors of our expanded and renovated library.
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss
The insurance industry giant that is today's Mutual of Omaha began in 1909 in the mind of a young Creighton University medical student who sold insurance part-time to help finance his studies. That student was C.C. Criss, who envisioned the need for more comprehensive health and accident coverage than the limited policies then available. In 1910, while still in school, Dr. Criss and his wife Mabel bought the year-old charter of the Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Association. Serving first as treasurer and later as president and chairman of the company that became Mutual of Omaha, Dr. Criss pioneered the simplified, liberal policies to minimize liability from accident or illness.
Mabel Criss provided the organizational and business management skills that enabled the young company to grow and gain a reputation for superior customer service. Beginning as stenographer and office manager, she became Mutual of Omaha's fist woman officer and a director of the company. She oversaw construction of the original Mutual of Omaha home office and is credited with the company's family-oriented culture and emphasis on service to customers and the community.
The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation was established in 1978. The foundation has generously supported educational and scientific purposes, including higher education, cultural, youth, and social service activities. To honor the Criss's legacy, a gift from the foundation establishes the expanded and renovated Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dr. Guinter Kahn
Guinter Kahn was born May 11, 1934, in Trier, Germany. The second son of a cattle trader, he and his family suffered from economic hardships and anti-Semitic persecution. In the late 1930s the Kahn family fled to the United States and eventually moved to Omaha. Dr. Kahn graduated from Central High School in 1951 and then enrolled at Omaha University (now UNO), graduating cum laude three years later. He was accepted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine and graduated with honors in 1958.
In 1968, Dr. Kahn began teaching at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. There, he became aware that patients in an experimental study were growing unwanted hair as a side effect of the drug minoxidil, taken orally for hypertension. Kahn reasoned that a topical solution might have the same effect and produce a "cure" for baldness. Positive results led to a patent in 1974 and development of the product known as Rogaine.
For the past three decades, Dr. Kahn has practiced dermatology in Miami. A committed philanthropist, he has given generously of his resources and his time to help make the world a better place. Dr. Kahn has extensively traveled the world, lecturing on the horrors of the Holocaust and advocating tolerance and justice.
Dr. Kahn also has generously invested in educational excellence at his alma mater and specifically the university’s information hub — the library. He has provided major gifts to benefit the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Leon S. McGoogan Library of Medicine. The library’s main floor is named for Dr. Kahn to recognize his generosity and his belief in the central role of the library. He also has received an honorary doctorate of science from UNMC for his contributions to dermatology.
In 2004, the year he celebrated 50 years since graduating from Omaha University, Dr. Kahn made an extraordinary gift to support the UNO Library and its expansion project. To recognize his belief in higher education and passion for tolerance, understanding and knowledge, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has named the library addition — the Dr. Guinter Kahn Addition — to honor his commitment.
We also thank the following people and organizations for their gifts to the Criss Library:
- Adah and Leon Millard Foundation Boardroom - Group Study Room 119
- Alan and Marcia Baer Family Charitable Trust - Individual Study Room 102G
- Courtesy of Steve and Gale Shorb - Individual Study Room 102L
- Courtesy of The Nelson Family - Individual Study Room 102N
- Eugene S. and Sunny M. Thomas Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 239
- H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery - Room 227
- In Memory of Doug Loewens - Individual Study Room 102H
- In Memory of Dr. John W. Flocken - Individual Study Room 201C
- Marion E. and Barbara B. Tritsch Garden
- Robert H. Storz Foundation Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 244
- University Library Friends Advanced Learning Center - Classroom 231
- UNO Alumni Association Learning Laboratory - Group Study Room 243