The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 21, 1992, Page 3, Image 3

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    Tolerance is key, dean says
By Mindy Leiter
Staff Reporter__
Tolerance is the most important
. • value of concern to theun i versity, John
Peters, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, told a small gathering of
faculty and students Friday.
“Tolerance is the ability to recog
nize and respect one another’s beliefs
and customs,” Peters said. “It docs not
mean that you necessarily agree or
Sympathize with them.”
Peters' speech was part of the Food
for Thought and Theology for Lunch
programs, sponsored by the campus
ministries of St. Mark’s-on-thc-Cam
pus Episcopal Church, the UNL
Lutheran Center and the United Min
istries in Higher Education.
Speakers in the Food for Thought
program arc asked to identify what
they believe is the most important
value facing the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln today.
Peters said he learned tolerance
from his mother and his experiences
as a half-Polish, half-Moravian child
growing up in an ethnically mixed
Cleveland neighborhood. ’
“Everyone’s grandmother had a
heavy accent,” he said. “It was just
something you had to get used to.”
He said his experiences at the uni
versity taught him tolerant attitudes.
“You don’t get to be dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences without
becoming tolerant,” he said.
Tolerance is especially important
now, Peters said, when a review of
local and world events such as the
conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina and
the Rodney King aftermath show how
intolerance is causing unrest.
“I have seen in administration how
intolerant altitudes can cause a break
down in education,” he said.
The mission of the College of Arts
and Sciences is to produce people
who can think critically, arc objec
tive, aware, curious and flexible, Pe
ters said.
“Tolerance comes before those all,”
he said.
He said the arts and sciences col
lege was striving to incorporate toler
ance into the curriculum and make it
an issue with students and faculty.
Peters said this was accomplished
through faculty awareness and sensi
tivity toward students’ attitudes.
A conflict can arise in situations
where one’s principles limit toler
ance, he said.
“I do not tolerate rigidity of the
mind, left or right,” Peters said. “I
cannot tolerate rigid thinking through
a philosophical perspective.”
He said racial bigotry and geno
cidal thinking were other principles
that could not be tolerated.
Peters has had responses, he said,
from students in classes and in papers
that could only be described as big
“Ninoty-nine percent of the time
the problem is just plain ignorance,”
he said, and most of those problems
are best solved by talking with the
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struct the rear section and have it
become part of the museum.
The Nebraska Slate Historical So
ciety and the University of Nebraska
Lincoln summer sessions program
undertook the project. Funding came
from the summer sessions teaching
The group knew the rear wing was
composed of a kitchen, dining room
and servants’ quarters, but it did not
know where they were situated, Bleed j
said. By excavating the foundation, I
they hoped to determine the exact |
location of each.
In its search, the group also discov- '
ered a 24-foot well shaft and a cistern, |
which indicated more complex plumb- i
ing than had been expected.
Thecistemcontainedgarbagefrom I
the 1870s to the 1920s.
Several pieces of Tourney china ,
were found that date back to the time !
of the original occupants.
“This is what the Kcnnard family I
would have used,” Bleed said. He
described the china as common but
“It will be able to lead the histori
cal society to the kind of china they
want in their reconstruction,’’ he said.
The group also found a medicine
bottle from a pharmacy owned by
Thomas Kcnnard and a pair of shoes
and a corset from the 1920s.
All items uncovered arc in storage
and will be used in classes before
being relumed to the Kcnnard House
Students on the project said they
found the experience enjoyable, as
well as educational.
Teresa Jacobs, a studcni-ai-iargc
studying archeology, said she was
glad she participated in the program.
“It was a good group to work with,”
she said.
Before leaving, the group made its
own contribution to history. The mem
bers added a time capsule to the cis
tern for future archeological students
to find.
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