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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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Sandhill crane economic impact study released

In partnership with the Center, a team at the University of Nebraska Kearney has released a report on the economic impact of Sandhill crane tourism in Nebraska. Key finding: The economic impact of tourism in central Nebraska during the 2017 sandhill crane migration was $14.3 million. The full report is available for download.


Nebraska Ecotourism Liability report produced

A new report, "Rural Landowner Liability for Recreational Activities in Nebraska" is now available for download. Produced by the Center's Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition and written by UNL Law Professor Anthony Schutz, this guide is intended to give advice to new and operating ecotourism providers in Nebraska.


Rubendall Artist in Residence: June 20-23

Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence Lari R. Gibbons will be in the lobby working on art June 20-23. Feel free to watch, ask questions, and view her solo exhibition. Her public schedule is on our Artist in Residence webpage.


2017 Stubbendieck Book Prize winner announced

The winner is - American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores


Human Trafficking in the Great Plains: 

Slides from the March 14 Human Trafficking in the Great Plains talk with tons of good information about human trafficking, tips for identifying it, and local agencies that are working on the problem by Dr. Rebecca Buller.


New issue of Great Plains Quarterly: 

Great Plains Quarterly 36.4 is now online at Project MUSE. (See table of contents)


Speaker: Robin Kimmerer

On Oct. 25 the Center hosted the University of Nebraska State Museum's annual Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture: "The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation," with Robin Kimmerer, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.


Paul A. Olson speaker: Michel Hogue

The 2016 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize lecture was held Thursday, Sept. 29. Download the audio here.


Center kicks off new Great Plains book series

The Center for Great Plains Studies in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Press is celebrating the release of the first book in the Discover the Great Plains small book series. David Wishart, professor of geography at the University of Nebraska, is the author of Great Plains Indians, a compelling introduction to Indian life on the Great Plains from 13,000 years ago to the present. Get a copy at the Great Plains Art Museum or at the University of Nebraska Press.


New issue of Great Plains Quarterly: 

Great Plains Quarterly 36.3 is now online at Project MUSE. (See table of contents)


New issue of Great Plains Research

Great Plains Research 26.1 is now online at Project MUSE. (See table of contents).


Conserving the Grasslands panel audio up

Listen to the April 20 panel talk with Bill Whitney, Kate Schneider, Sebastian Tscocanos, and Robin Walter.


Center and Nebraska Tourism launch a new ecotourism newsletter

The Center's Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition has partnered with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to create a monthly newsletter on ecotourism in the Great Plains. Sign up for the newsletter today!


Audio up: David Jachowski

Listen to the audio from David Jachowski's lecture on the black-footed ferret


Photos: 2017 Mapping Symposium

See photos from our 2017 Great Plains Symposium in March.


New Issue of GPR

The Fall issue of Great Plains Research is out now on Project Muse. The Table of Content is up on the GPR page.


Elizabeth Fenn lecture audio up

Elizabeth Fenn spoke at the Center on Oct. 28 as part of the Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies. Her lecture, "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" is available for download here. Fenn is the winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and Pulitzer Prize for History. She is the history department chair at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Walter Echo-Hawk lecture audio up

Walter Echo-Hawk, Native American author and attorney, spoke at the Center on Oct. 7. His talk was titled "Roots: My Journey to Indigenous Nebraska."


Ecotourism Posters at the Durham

Join Center Assistant Director Katie Nieland at the Durham Museum in Omaha Oct. 3 for a tour of the ecotourism poster exhibition, part of the Durham's Saturdays in the Museum series. The poster series will be on display until Jan. 3 as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.


More news and notes
 

Current Issue of Great Plains QuarterlyCurrent Issue, Vol 37, No. 2

Current Issue of Great Plains ResearchCurrent Issue, Vol. 27, No. 1