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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.Study at the Center
Center closed for UNL holiday break
The Center will reopen Jan. 5
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
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.
First Friday Speaker
Melissa Dabakis, an American and Modern European Art History professor at Kenyon College, spoke on contemporary environmental art and site-specific sculpture during the Great Plains Art Museum's First Friday event on Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum. The title is "Ecoventions: Art on the Farm."
Fulbright Award sends Great Plains professor to Russia
Center professor Dr. Charles Braithwaite is headed to Russia with a Fulbright Specialist Award and traveling to Tyuman State University to build partnerships with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and study educational strategies. Journal Star Coverage
Narrow All Horizons opens
Read L. Kent Wolgamott's review of the Great Plains Art Museum's newest exhibition in the Lincoln Journal Star.
New issue of Great Plains Quarterly
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