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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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)

Great Plains Book Prize finalists announced

The finalists for the 2014 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize have been chosen: "Architecture of Saskatchewan: A Visual Journey, 1930-2011," with text by Bernard Flaman (Canadian Plains Research Center Press); "Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930," by Karen V. Hansen (Oxford University Press); and "The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West," by Andrew R. Graybill (Liveright/Norton Publishing). News release >

March Olson lecture

The final Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies was March 19. Miguel Carranza, Professor of Latina/Latino Studies & Sociology, Director, Latina/Latino Studies Program, University of Missouri-Kansas City, gave a lecture titled "Potholes and Sinkholes on the Road to Immigration Reform" More on the lecture >

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 >

New Great Plains course offered

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 starts 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. More about his talk >

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