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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Lecture audio: Dr. Roberto Lenton

Water for Food InstituteExecutive 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.

Docent tours Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The Great Plains Art Museum is offering free docent tours of its new Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Great Plains book prize renamed

Starting this year, the prize's name has been changed to the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize to acknowledge its founder, Jim Stubbendiek, emeritus professor of grassland ecology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and emeritus director of the Center for Great Plains Studies. The prize has also been upped to $10,000. Read the press release.

Photos: 2014 at the Center for Great Plains Studies

It's been a great year - here are the highlights

New issue of Great Plains Quarterly

See the table and contents and online viewing instructions on our journals page or check out the press release.

Photos: Cowboy Christmas First Friday, Dec. 5

The Great Plains Art Museum hosted a family-friendly origami ornament activity at the museum -- complete with hot chocolate bar and holiday cookies.

Audio: Local Food Paul A. Olson lecture

On Nov. 12, the Center hosted a Paul A. Olson seminar in Great Plains Studies that featured a panel of five experts in the movement. See photos, hear the audio, read about the lecture in the Journal Star.

Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition launch and poster show

Celebrate the launch of the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition. Twelve ecotourism posters are on display at the museum through November. Images are for sale as posters or postcard packs online via UNL or Amazon, at the event, and at the Great Plains Art Museum's front desk. Press release >

MORE NEWS: The ecotourism posters will be added to the permanent collection at the Library of Congress' prints and photographs division!

New issue of Great Plains Research

See the table and contents and how to view online on our journals page.

Great Plains Book Prize lecture

Bernard Flaman, conservation architect and winner of the 2014 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, spoke on Oct. 22 about his work "The Architecture of Saskatchewan" in a talk titled "Architecture at a Crossroads." Download audio from Bernard Flaman's talk

Center launches ecotourism campaign

The Center for Great Plains Studies is launching a project with the goal to build Nebraska and the Great Plains into a premier destination for ecotourism. Read the story about the ecotourism project and visit the project home site at www.visittheprairie.com

T. Linday Baker audio

Here's a clip of Professor Baker's talk on the history of wind power in the Great Plains on Thursday. Full audio will be up next week.

Speaker: Stew Magnuson, Sept. 24

Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate. Magnuson takes listeners on a trip down the road and through the history of the Northern Great Plains. The famous and the forgotten are found in stories he discovers.

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