Center for Great Plains Studies

About the Center

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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Great Plains Symposium Neihardt registration

See all the details on the 2016 Great Plains Symposium: The Epic Neihardt.

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."

Lunch and Learn Oct. 26

Prof. Peter Wood, history, Duke University, will give a lunch talk on Oct. 26 at noon on the 6th floor of the Center. Bring your own lunch and learn about the history of Native American dugout canoes.

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.

Book by Center Director Rick Edwards

Center Director Rick Edwards has a new book out Sept. 25 on the Northern Great Plains and the oil boom. He's written an essay on oil, culture, and what small places have to teach us in Prairie Fire as a preview to the book.

Artist in Residence runs Sept. 1-5

See textiles artist Gwen Westerman in action in our lobby. Westerman's schedule is on our museum webpage.

Human trafficking class in the news

"Human trafficking is often hidden, out of view in communities both big and small. But thanks to a new class offering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are learning how common this crime is – even in the Great Plains." from UNLToday

New issue of GPQ, 35.2

Check out the table of contents and details on how to view or purchase the issue.

Lecture audio: Richard Reading

Director of Field Conservation and grassland conservationist Richard Reading spoke at the Center on May 6. Download the audio from his lecture "Transforming a Mongolian Nature Reserve from Paper Park to Model Protected Area."

Book Prize winner announced

Elizabeth A. Fenn has won the 2015 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize for her book "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People"

Lecture audio: Ken Winkle

UNL History Professor Ken Winkle spoke about cotton and the Civil War at the April Paul A. Olson lecture. Audio is available on the Olson Seminar page.

Lecture audio: Roberto Lenton

Water for Food Institute Executive Director Roberto Lenton discussed how storage is key to enduring adequate water, food, and energy for a growing world population in his lecture, titled "Storage Systems for Drought Management and Food and Water Security." Audio is available on the Olson Seminar page.

Lost Writers of the Plains NET Radio series

The Center teamed up with NET Radio to develop the "Lost Writers of the Plains" series on eight Plains writers who were once poised for greatness but have been lost to contemporary readers. The project features a radio series, free iBook download, and website with lots of extra multimedia content.

Summer pre-session course: Human Trafficking in the Great Plains

This course is in its second year under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Buller. 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. The class is Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 in Burnett 119. Summer registration opens March 9, look for GPSP/GEOG/HIST 400 (3 credits).

New issue of GPQ, 35.1

Check out the table of contents and details on how to view or purchase the issue.

Audio from February Olson lecture

The February Paul A. Olson lecture featured UNL Economics Professors John Anderson and Eric Thompson, spoke about "State Taxes in the Great Plains." Listen to the audio via this page.

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

See the table and contents and online viewing instructions on our journals page or check out the press release.

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

More news and notes

Current Issue of Great Plains QuarterlyCurrent Issue, Vol 35, No. 4

Current Issue of Great Plains ResearchCurrent Issue, Vol. 25, No. 2

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Now on display at the Great Plains Art Museum: We Are Star People, the Art and Poetry of Gwen Westerman