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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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North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate.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

The summer issue of GPQ (34.3) is now available via Project MUSE

Break out the picnic baskets

During August's First Friday, the Great Plains Art Museum opened "Narrow All Horizons - Selected Works from the Permanent Collection and Recent Photographs by Jan Christensen." Photographer Jan Christensen gave a gallery talk at 6 p.m. during the event.

Contemporary Indigeneity awards

On June 6, awarding juror and artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith chose several pieces from the Contemporary Indigeneity juried exhibition for cash prizes. See the full list of winners here.

Great Plains team member passes

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Center employee, Gretchen Walker. Gretchen was incredibly gifted at her position and kept the Center running smoothly and competently. We will miss her terribly. Our condolences to her family and friends. Journal Star obituary >

Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize winner announced

"Architecture of Saskatchewan: A Visual Journey, 1930-2011" by Bernard Flaman is this year's winner of the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize from the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska. Read the press release

New issue of Great Plains Quarterly

The Spring issue of GPQ (Vol. 34, Issue 2) is now available via Project MUSE. Use this link if you are on campus at UNL, UNO, or UNK: http://muse.jhu.edu/

New issue of Great Plains Research

The Spring issue of GPR (Vol. 24, Issue 1) is now available via Project MUSE. Use this link if you are on campus at UNL, UNO, or UNK: http://muse.jhu.edu/

New Center board members chosen

New Board of Governors members starting fall 2014: Maurice Godfrey (UNMC), Katrina Jagodinsky (UNL), Larkin Powell (UNL), and Barbara Robins (UNO)

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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
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