Charlyne Berens

Charlyne, a retired professor and associate dean of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, is passionate about the First Amendment and freedom of expression. She also spent 14 years as editor and co-publisher of the Seward County Independent. She has published two books about the Nebraska Legislature and a biography of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska). In addition, Charlyne is a member of the Civic Nebraska Board of Advisers.

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Affliction or affection? Our civic choice is a fundamental one

As long as we share a commitment to our tried-and-true American values, we can work through the constant rebalancing that is required for us to remain one people. Trust, friendship, shared beliefs – the bonds of civic affection – can feed that rebalancing, Charlyne Berens writes.

Out of many, one?

Charlyne Berens on managing the age-old struggle between individual liberty and the common good.

In the age of coronavirus, what gives?

The coronavirus infects individuals and, through them, communities. If we want our society to survive, individualism may need to temporarily take second place.

One nation, individual

A group that thrives on individualism. Sounds like something of a contradiction, doesn’t it? How can the group prosper if it’s focused on the individual? It’s something of

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