Hoagland Lecture Series

My Taken on the 2024 Presidential Election featuring Amy Walter

The Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series honors the former second district congressman's legacy and seeks to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service.

Each lecture features state and national leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service to our country.

Launched in 2008, the series rotates between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Amy Walter

"Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up"

April 19, 2023  |  5:00 p.m.  |  City Union, Swanson Auditorium

About Amy Walter

Previous Speakers


Jeff Zeleny

Jeff Zeleny

CNN senior White House correspondent

Lecture recording


Jim Messina and Jeff Zeleny

Jim Messina and Jeff Zeleny

Deputy chief of staff and campaign manager for President Barack Obama, and CNN senior White House correspondent (respectively)



Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain (retired)



David Axelrod

David Axelrod

Political consultant and analyst and adviser to President Obama during the 2008 election



Ted Sorensen

Ted Sorensen

Former speechwriter and counselor to President John F. Kennedy

About Peter Hoagland

Peter Hoagland, an Omaha native, graduated from Stanford University in 1963 and from Yale Law School in 1968. He served as a Nebraska state senator before winning a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1988. He served three terms before losing by less than 1 percent of the vote to John Christensen in 1994.

Prior to being elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, Hoagland worked with Nebraska Common Cause to write and pass into law the Nebraska Open Meetings Law. In addition, he helped to create the Political Accountability and Disclosure Committee, which regulates political activity in Nebraska.

While in the state legislature, Hoagland was known for his work on legislation supporting environmental causes and on issues affecting financial service companies in his home district which included Omaha and the surrounding area.

During his time in Congress, Hoagland was known as a student of the issues and for his bipartisan approach to legislation. He was placed on the Ways and Means Committee out of respect for his legislative ability.

He died Oct. 30, 2007, at age 65 from complications of Parkinson's disease.