Welcome to the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture!

This summer Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent his prayers for the Newman Institute! Click below to read his signed letter!

Benedict Letter


The poet T.S. Eliot posed the questions: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

Ours is certainly an age of increased knowledge and information. But in the maelstrom of daily life, we have lost something of great value: the emphasis, both individual and communal, on the pursuit of wisdom.

This pursuit of wisdom is the foundational ideal of the Newman Institute. All that we do – our college classes in the Great Books, our speakers and cultural activities – is aimed at helping students of all ages wrestle with the primary questions of   human existence: What is life’s purpose and meaning? How should we live? What should we love?

We take our inspiration from the life and thought of Blessed John Henry Newman, whose own pursuit of wisdom led him to see that true liberal education – liberal in the sense that it frees us from error and falsehood – has “almost the beauty and harmony of heavenly contemplation, so intimate is it with the eternal order of things.”

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Recent news

December 20, 2017

Reborn In Wonder Lectures Available Online

The fall lecture series hosted by the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture has concluded for 2017, but those who weren’t able to attend can still enjoy the lectures here. “The Reborn in Wonder lectures series has been a wonderful way to introduce undergraduates and the wider Lincoln community to some of […]
December 7, 2017

Registration Open for Spring 2018 Courses

Registration is currently open for Spring 2018 courses at the Newman Institute. The Newman Institute will be offering two undergraduate courses, “Introduction to the Great Books II: The Literature of Mercy and Forgiveness,” and “Humanities Seminar II: The Mystery of Iniquity.” In addition to these college courses, Dr. Freeh will also […]
October 6, 2017

Pilgrimage to Beatification of Oklahoma Priest and Martyr

Newman Institute faculty and students were among those who attended the beatification of Oklahoma native Fr. Stanley Rother. In celebrating the life of the first U.S. martyr and U.S.-born priest to be beatified, students had an opportunity to be “inspired in a special way by a saint close in time […]