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.
Curator/museum administrator hired
Melynda Seaton has been named curator/administrator of the Great Plains Art Museum. Seaton is a doctoral student in art history at the University of Oklahoma where her focus is art of the American West. Read the press release >
A new course, Human Trafficking in Nebraska and the Great Plains (GPSP/GEOG/HIST 400: SEMINAR IN GREAT PLAINS STUDIES, 3 CR) will be offered during the summer pre-session. 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. Topics of study will include enslavement processes, source regions, transfer locations, and destinations. Common characteristics and patterns of victims, traffickers, and clients will be identified. Class activities will include — but are not limited to — guest speakers, field trips, discussions, research, and meaningful project creation. Rebecca Buller will teach the class. Summer session sign up is March 17.
Great Plains Quarterly issue 34.1 released
The winter issue of GPQ is now available for purchase through the University of Nebraska Press or for viewing online via university library subscriptions to Project MUSE. Instructions on how to view the journal online and a table of contents are at the GPQ main page. Read the press release >
February Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies
Derek Hoff, from the Kansas State University history department, will give a talk titled "A Prophet without Honor?: Malthus on the Great Plains." Hoff is the author of The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History, and, with John Fliter, Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression. His talk will be live streamed here. More about his talk >
January Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies
The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 (Omaha's World's Fair) consisted of palaces and gardens and also a midway of dirt roads and collapsible shacks, reflecting the split personality of Omaha. UNL English professor Timothy Schaffert spoke about the Expo and his book, "The Swan Gondola" at this lecture on Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. A digital archive of photos from the Exposition are available here. Read the press release >
Video: Leon Higley Olson lecture
November Paul A. Olson Seminar Speaker and UNL entomologist Leon Higley's lecture >
Become a friend of the Center
If you become a friend of the Center by donating at our Razoo page, you'll get:
- An email announcement when a new GPQ or GPR is published, with the issue's table of contents
- An email announcement of every Center event, including Olson Lectures, the annual Great Plains Symposium, and special events like last January's Conservation Jam
- Invitations to Great Plains Art Museum gallery exhibit openings and special events
- A map of the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains -- include your mailing address for this
- The knowledge that you are helping keep the Plains at the forefront of scholarship and policy.
Molly Murphy Adams piece at Hamilton Hall
Great Plains Art Museum's 2013 Artist-in-Residence Molly Murphy Adams' periodic table (which was displayed during at the GPAM in April) was recently purchased by the Chemistry Department at UNL and is now hanging in Hamilton Hall. See its new home here >
Great Plains Quarterly issue 33.4
The fall issue of Great Plains Quarterly is available to purchase via the University of Nebraska Press. Articles on topics including rainmaking, Native American beads and the Great Sioux Reservation. Check out the table of contents >
Great Plains Research issue 23.2
The fall issue of Great Plains Research is available to purchase via the University of Nebraska Press. This is a special themed issue on school consolidation with content from our 2013 Great Plains Symposium. Check out the contents and abstracts >
Center Administrative Assistant named to national position
The Center's Administrative Assistant and CEOE Gretchen Walker has been named the Higher Ed Council Chairwoman for 2013-14 for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. She was installed during the organization's 79th meeting in Alexandria, Va.
Center's new Great Plains Focus page
On the Great Plains Focus page, visitors will find continually updating stories on Great Plains topics, news about what our Fellows are doing and features such as photos from our archives. Visitors can also find a list of our Great Plains Fellows, Associate Fellows and Emeritus Fellows sorted by department listings. Fellows, with their contact information, are described by their department, organization and specialties. If you have something to submit to this page or a correction to your listing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Western American Literature comes to the Center
Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in Western American literary studies. It's editor, Tom Lynch, and the journal operations are now on the 5th floor of the Center. More about the journal here.
The main-floor gallery is open and construction on the mezzanine has been completed. This space has been converted into an office and commons space for our Great Plains Graduate Fellows. See a slideshow of the work and the finished result here.
Current projects page
The Center's projects webpage is where you can see what we're working on. Check out the page for links, photos, and animations from our projects. Current projects include ecotourism and conservation, history of homesteading, animations about the Great Plains, the Trans-Mississippi Expo of 1898 and more.
Summer Great Plains Quarterly
The summer issue of Great Plains Quarterly features a Native American family's role in a 1939 farm-development project on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, a newspaper editor who used the publication to boost his town's growth and a Syrian-Lebanese family's entrepreneurial tradition in Kansas. See the issue here. Order a copy here.
2015 Symposium Announced
The Center for Great Plains Studies is announcing a partnership with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs for an event centered on Native Americans in the Great Plains. The Center's 41st annual symposium will be held in the spring of 2015 with the theme of Chief Standing Bear, the Standing Bear Trail and continuing issues for Native Americans today. Read the press release or visit the NCIA's website.
Video: Wes Jackson at the Center
The Land Institute President Wes Jackson speaks on ecologically sensitive agriculture and the future of ecosystem-based farming. In this photo, Jackson holds a picture of a perennial strain of a wheat called Kernza with a long and robust root system (bottom) versus typical annual wheat planted by farmers (top).
Give to Lincoln Day totals
The Center and the Museum received $1,046 in donations on May 16 during the Lincoln Community Foundation's Give to Lincoln Day. Thank you to everyone who donated! If you would like to make a contribution the center's work providing community events, scholarly projects and a world-class art museum, visit our donation page.
Priscilla Grew, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor in the department of Earth and atmospheric science gave a presentation at the Center titled "Engaging Lifelong Learners in Natural History: The Land-Grant Mission of the University of Nebraska State Museum." Listen to the talk and view slides from the presentation here.
More news and notes
See previous entries from this section here.