Center for Great Plains Studies

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The mission of the Center is to foster study of the people and the environment of Great Plains. The Center operates the Great Plains Art Museum, the Plains Humanities Alliance, undergraduate and graduate programs, various scholarly projects, and outreach programs; it publishes Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research; it presents public lectures and interdisciplinary symposia. Much of its work is accomplished by its Fellows and Associate Fellows.

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Accepting 2017 Book Prize submissions

The Center is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. Submission deadline is January 23, 2017.

Center workshop in Chadron

The Center is hosting a nature tourism workshop in Chadron Dec. 9. Registration is free.

Speaker: Robin Kimmerer

On Oct. 25 the Center hosted the University of Nebraska State Museum's annual Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture: "The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation," with Robin Kimmerer, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Paul A. Olson speaker: Michel Hogue

The 2016 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize lecture was held Thursday, Sept. 29. Download the audio here.

Center kicks off new Great Plains book series

The Center for Great Plains Studies in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Press is celebrating the release of the first book in the Discover the Great Plains small book series. David Wishart, professor of geography at the University of Nebraska, is the author of Great Plains Indians, a compelling introduction to Indian life on the Great Plains from 13,000 years ago to the present. Get a copy at the Great Plains Art Museum or at the University of Nebraska Press.

Call for Papers

We're accepting paper submissions for our 2017 Great Plains Symposium on Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains titled "Flat Places, Deep Identities."

New issue of Great Plains Quarterly: 

Great Plains Quarterly 36.3 is now online at Project MUSE. (See table of contents)

New issue of Great Plains Research

Great Plains Research 26.1 is now online at Project MUSE. (See table of contents).

Conserving the Grasslands panel audio up

Listen to the April 20 panel talk with Bill Whitney, Kate Schneider, Sebastian Tscocanos, and Robin Walter.

2016 Book Prize finalists named

Two books have been chosen as finalists for this year's Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.

Center and Nebraska Tourism launch a new ecotourism newsletter

The Center's Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition has partnered with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to create a monthly newsletter on ecotourism in the Great Plains. Sign up for the newsletter today!

Summer Great Plains class registration open

"Human Trafficking in Nebraska and the Great Plains" -- GPSP 291 (Sec. 501): Special Topics -- is offered for the 1st 5-week session (June 6 - July 8) MWF 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Teacher's College 247

Audio up: David Jachowski

Listen to the audio from David Jachowski's lecture on the black-footed ferret

New issue of GPQ

Check out the table of contents from our newest issue of Great Plains Quarterly

Photos: 2016 Neihardt Symposium

See photos from our 2016 Great Plains Symposium on Feb. 10, 2016

New Issue of GPR

The Fall issue of Great Plains Research is out now on Project Muse. The Table of Content is up on the GPR page.

Elizabeth Fenn lecture audio up

Elizabeth Fenn spoke at the Center on Oct. 28 as part of the Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies. Her lecture, "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" is available for download here. Fenn is the winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and Pulitzer Prize for History. She is the history department chair at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Walter Echo-Hawk lecture audio up

Walter Echo-Hawk, Native American author and attorney, spoke at the Center on Oct. 7. His talk was titled "Roots: My Journey to Indigenous Nebraska."

Lunch and Learn Oct. 26

Prof. Peter Wood, history, Duke University, will give a lunch talk on Oct. 26 at noon on the 6th floor of the Center. Bring your own lunch and learn about the history of Native American dugout canoes.

Ecotourism Posters at the Durham

Join Center Assistant Director Katie Nieland at the Durham Museum in Omaha Oct. 3 for a tour of the ecotourism poster exhibition, part of the Durham's Saturdays in the Museum series. The poster series will be on display until Jan. 3 as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Book by Center Director Rick Edwards

Center Director Rick Edwards has a new book out Sept. 25 on the Northern Great Plains and the oil boom. He's written an essay on oil, culture, and what small places have to teach us in Prairie Fire as a preview to the book.

Artist in Residence runs Sept. 1-5

See textiles artist Gwen Westerman in action in our lobby. Westerman's schedule is on our museum webpage.

Human trafficking class in the news

"Human trafficking is often hidden, out of view in communities both big and small. But thanks to a new class offering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are learning how common this crime is – even in the Great Plains." from UNLToday

New issue of GPQ, 35.2

Check out the table of contents and details on how to view or purchase the issue.

Lecture audio: Richard Reading

Director of Field Conservation and grassland conservationist Richard Reading spoke at the Center on May 6. Download the audio from his lecture "Transforming a Mongolian Nature Reserve from Paper Park to Model Protected Area."

Book Prize winner announced

Elizabeth A. Fenn has won the 2015 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize for her book "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People"

Lecture audio: Ken Winkle

UNL History Professor Ken Winkle spoke about cotton and the Civil War at the April Paul A. Olson lecture. Audio is available on the Olson Seminar page.

Lecture audio: Roberto Lenton

Water for Food Institute Executive Director Roberto Lenton discussed how storage is key to enduring adequate water, food, and energy for a growing world population in his lecture, titled "Storage Systems for Drought Management and Food and Water Security." Audio is available on the Olson Seminar page.

Lost Writers of the Plains NET Radio series

The Center teamed up with NET Radio to develop the "Lost Writers of the Plains" series on eight Plains writers who were once poised for greatness but have been lost to contemporary readers. The project features a radio series, free iBook download, and website with lots of extra multimedia content.

Summer pre-session course: Human Trafficking in the Great Plains

This course is in its second year under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Buller. The course will examine temporal and spatial dimensions of human trafficking in the Great Plains. Interdisciplinary concepts of cultures, demographics, development, economics, politics, power relationships, and urban dimensions will be featured. The class is Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 in Burnett 119. Summer registration opens March 9, look for GPSP/GEOG/HIST 400 (3 credits).

New issue of GPQ, 35.1

Check out the table of contents and details on how to view or purchase the issue.

Audio from February Olson lecture

The February Paul A. Olson lecture featured UNL Economics Professors John Anderson and Eric Thompson, spoke about "State Taxes in the Great Plains." Listen to the audio via this page.

More news and notes

Current Issue of Great Plains QuarterlyCurrent Issue, Vol 36, No. 3

Current Issue of Great Plains ResearchCurrent Issue, Vol. 25, No. 2

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