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About the Center
The Center for Great Plains Studies is a interdisciplinary regional research and outreach program established in 1976 at the University of Nebraska. The mission of the Center is to foster the study of and appreciation for the people, cultures, and natural environment of the Great Plains. The region invites inquiry into the relationships between its natural environment and the cultures brought by its inhabitants, as scholars and residents work to preserve healthy eco-systems and build thriving human communities. The Center operates the Great Plains Art Museum, Fellows and Affiliate Fellows program, Graduate Fellows program, various scholarly projects; it publishes Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research; and presents public lectures and symposia.
Great Plains Art Museum launches collection database
More than 500 artworks are now searchable at our online database. The Museum recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), supported by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to support efforts to digitize the Museum's art collection and make artworks viewable online.
Alaina E. Roberts wins Great Plains Book Prize
The winner of the 2022 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize is author Alaina E. Roberts for I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021). Dr. Roberts is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Center launches series of events on Reckoning and Reconciliation on the Great Plains
We’re making the summit part of a year-long series of events and programs that we’re calling A Year of Reckoning and Reconciliation: Conversation, Learning, and Connecting.
Coming to the Plains event
“Coming to the Plains” is a project from University of Nebraska at Kearney that captures the stories of immigration from Latinx individuals who have settled in Nebraska. View a visual exhibit, watch a documentary, and hear from the project team on Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
2021 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize winner: Dr. Leo Killsback
Dr. Leo Killsback is the winner of the 2021 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize for the two-volume set A Sacred People: Indigenous Governance, Traditional Leadership, and the Warriors of the Cheyenne Nation and A Sovereign People: Indigenous Nationhood, Traditional Law, and the Covenants of the Cheyenne Nation. He spoke at the Center on Sept. 30. The talk was recorded as a video and podcast.
Great Plains Anywhere: Lucas Bessire
In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Lucas Bessire, an Associate Professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Before joining the faculty at Oklahoma, Bessire earned a doctorate in anthropology from New York University. His family has been in Kansas for five generations, and his recent work turns toward this home connection with the Great Plains with his new book: Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains, published by Princeton University Press.
Great Plains Anywhere: Crane Conversation
A virtual exploration of the exhibition: "The Great Migration: A Celebration of Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska" with Great Plains Art Museum Curator/Director Ashley Wilkinson, artist Jude Martindale, and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Sr. Education Manager Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver.
Great Plains Anywhere: MidAmericana
We spoke with Brian Campbell, the Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council and Josh Dolezal, professor of English at Central College in Iowa. They're the team behind "MidAmericana: Stories from a Changing Midwest" -- a podcast project that explores the history and identity of the Greater Midwest through the lives and stories of individuals.
Great Plains Anywhere: Danelle Smith
The Center spoke with Danelle Smith, CEO of the Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System. Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska formed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary task force to respond to the needs of the community. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Museum opens online store
We're excited to launch our new Great Plains Art Museum store on UNL Marketplace. We can now ship shirts anywhere in the U.S.! We're celebrating the launch with a BRAND NEW T-shirt design that features several Great Plains birds. The new shirt along with previous shirts, stickers, pins and more can be purchased via the store.
Great Plains Anywhere: Pekka Hämäläinen
In this lecture, author Pekka Hämäläinen, talks about his book: Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power from the Yale University Press, which won the 2020 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. Hämäläinen is Rhodes Professor of American History at St. Catherine's College at the University of Oxford. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Linda Black Elk
In this interview, we talk with Linda Black Elk about a renewed connection to indigenous foods, community action, and health during a pandemic. Black Elk is the Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota and an ethnobotanist specializing in traditional foods of the Great Plains. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Judy Wu-Smart
In this interview, we tour the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Bee Lab with Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Assistant Professor and extension and research entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Wu-Smart has been the director of the Bee Lab on East Campus since 2015 and is committed to developing pollinator health programs to help beekeepers, scientists, policy makers, and land managers understand bee health and their interactions with the environment. Wu-Smart has an undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University, a Masters from Washington State University, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Will Avilés
In this interview, we speak with Will Avilés, professor and chair of political science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where his fields are comparative politics and Latin American politics. Dr. Avilés received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside. He joined UNK in 2002. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been working with community activists and families from the meatpacking industry, an industry that has recently garnered national headlines related to COVID-19 cases and working conditions. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Kirsten Furlong
In this interview, Great Plains Art Museum Director and Curator Ashley Hussman talks with artist Kirsten Furlong about her artwork and exhibition "Over the Edge of the World," which is currently on display at the museum. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Ken Dewey
Blizzards! Wind! Tornadoes! UNL Professor Emeritus Ken Dewey talks about why the Great Plains has such extreme weather and shares some events that best illustrate this weather. Dewey is the author of "Great Plains Weather," part of the "Discover the Great Plains" series from the Center for Great Plains Studies and University of Nebraska Press. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Joel Green
In this interview, we speak with tour guide Joel Green, author of "Robber's Cave: Truths, Legends, Recollections," which won a 2019 Nebraska Book Award. Green explains the cave's topography, history, and uses in this interview. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Anywhere: Margaret Jacobs
"Great Plains Anywhere" is a series of Great Plains talks and interviews in video and podcast form that you can listen to anywhere. It's part of the Paul A. Olson lecture series. The first episode in these mini talks is an interview with the new Director for the Center for Great Plains Studies, Margaret Jacobs, Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Visit our lecture page for video and podcast options.
Great Plains Birds released
Great Plains Birds, by Larkin Powell, is the newest book in the the Discover the Great Plains series. It's available for pre-order at the University of Nebraska Press.
Great Plains Weather released
Great Plains Weather, by Ken Dewey, is the newest book in the the Discover the Great Plains series. It's available for pre-order at the University of Nebraska Press.
Great Plains Politics released
Great Plains Politics, by Peter Longo, is the newest book in the the Discover the Great Plains series. It's now available at the University of Nebraska Press and at the Great Plains Art Museum.
Black homesteaders project receives additional funding
The National Park Service has awarded a second grant to the Center for Great Plains Studies to advance the project "Black Homesteaders in the Great Plains." In 2017, Center Director Richard Edwards and post-doctoral researchers Jacob Friefeld and Mikal Eckstrom began work under the first grant to create the first database of all identified black homesteaders in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Since race is typically not listed in homestead filings, this research requires comparing homestead records with decennial census records. Read more >
Check out the Washington Post op/ed on the project.
Great Plains Literature released
Great Plains Bison released
Great Plains Bison by Dan O'Brien, wildlife biologist, bison rancher, author of Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land (2014), is the newest book in the Discover the Great Plains series. See a bison infographic
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.