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Great Plains Anywhere

By Center for Great Plains Studies
The middle of the U.S. is certainly not the middle of nowhere. Discover the vast Great Plains via interviews and presentations from experts from all sorts of fields. These Paul A. Olson lectures were created by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska. These are also uploaded as videos at: go.unl.edu/gplectures

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Brian M. Kelly: Great Plains missile silos
In this episode of Great Plains Anywhere, we spoke with Brian M. Kelly, licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on his research into the design and construction of the decommissioned, underground vertical Atlas-F missile silos in the prairies of the Great Plains during the 1960s. This talk is part of the Paul A. Olson Great Plains lecture series. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/channels/26276
25:15
February 08, 2022
David Vail: Cold War agricultural history
In this episode, we talk with Dr. David Vail, Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney who specializes in environmental and agricultural history, history of science, technology, and medicine, and public history. In this interview, Dr. Vail talks about his book on the history of agricultural chemicals and dives into his new work looking at the interplay between culture, politics, and agriculture in the Great Plains during the Cold War era. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode.  To see the video version, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/channels/26276
22:10
December 08, 2021
Deb Echo-Hawk & Ronnie O'Brien: Pawnee Seed Preservation Project
For this episode of Great Plains Anywhere, we're sharing a portion of an interview from a multimedia project called "Reconciliation Rising," which showcases the lives and work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are engaged in creating pathways toward reconciliation by confronting painful histories and promoting meaningful dialogue. This interview features Deb Echo-Hawk, the Keeper of the Seeds for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and Ronnie O'Brien, an instructor at Central Community College and former manager of the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska. In 2003, Ronnie contacted Deb to see if the Pawnee would grow a garden at the Archway Monument. That conversation led to the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, a thriving program in which Pawnees and Nebraska settlers are growing corn together in gardens throughout the state. Listen to part two of the interview on reconciliationrising.org. We'd like to thank Reconciliation Rising project members Kevin Abourezk and Margaret Jacobs for allowing us to share this interview. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode.
43:46
November 30, 2021
Uncovering the Hidden History of Genoa Indian School
In this panel discussion, team members from the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project and community members will share the lasting impact of the Genoa Indian Boarding School in Nebraska. The Genoa School was one of over 300 Indian boarding schools that were established by the government and churches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By 1900, nearly 21,000 Indian children were living apart from their families at one of the boarding schools. In many cases, officials forced children to attend the schools against the wishes of their families and tribes.  Panelists: Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca), Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs Dr. Rudi Mitchell (Omaha Indian Nation of Nebraska and Iowa), professor emeritus, Native American Studies, Creighton University Dr. Margaret Jacobs, Project Co-Director Dr. Susana D. Grajales Geliga (Lakota and Taino), Project Co-Director Dr. Elizabeth Lorang, Project Co-Director. This was recorded live at the Center for Great Plains Studies Nov. 11, 2021. The event was part of the the University of Nebraska State Museum's Hubbard Lecture series, an annual lecture advancing the understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of the First Peoples of the Plains. Made possible by contributions from Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation.
01:29:01
November 18, 2021
Craig Allen and Walt Schacht: Rangeland
In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Craig Allen, Director of the new Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes, and Dr. Walt Schacht, Interim Director of the Center for Grassland Studies. Together, the two centers are working with landowners to research and test out the viability of different rangeland management techniques, especially in the Sandhills. In this interview, they discuss how the University of Nebraska works with landowners, myths about the Sandhills, and the concept of resilience in a landscape. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/18054
34:12
October 13, 2021
Leo Killsback: 2021 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize lecture
Dr. Leo Killsback gave a talk at the Center for Great Plains Studies as the first Paul A. Olson lecture of the semester. He is an associate professor in the Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University who specializes in indigenous governance, traditional law, sovereignty, and treaty rights.  Dr. Killsback grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and is devoted to the preservation and resurgence of Cheyenne language and culture. He sustains relationships within his nation by means of collaborative methodologies that neither exploit nor marginalize.  Dr. 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” (Texas Tech University Press, 2020). Watch the video: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/17972
01:05:32
October 01, 2021
Lucas Bessire: "Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains"
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.  Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/17911
21:18
September 21, 2021
Willa Cather and Edith Lewis with Melissa Homestead
In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Melissa Homestead, professor of English, Great Plains Fellow, program faculty in women's and gender studies, and director of The Cather Project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her new book "The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis" reconstructs the life Cather and Lewis led together through Homestead's in-depth research. Their relationship was often mischaracterized or ignored by scholars, and Homestead's book shows how Cather and Lewis lived fulfilling lives. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16970
35:59
May 20, 2021
Ticks in the Great Plains with Julie Shaffer
This episode of the Paul A. Olson "Great Plains Anywhere" series features Dr. Julie Shaffer, professor and chair in Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Shaffer's recent research involves assessing tick-borne diseases in central Nebraska and the recent changes in these disease patterns. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16741 Episode 11 is a virtual tour of an exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum and is video only. Access it here: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16088
38:44
April 28, 2021
Mid-Americana Podcast
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. The first season covers those who leave the region and come back and the second covers immigrants to the area. We asked them about the project and how the terms Great Plains and Midwest overlap and interact. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/15993
32:08
March 17, 2021
Danelle Smith and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's Covid-19 Response
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, thinking through many issues from food distribution and protective equipment to housing and communicating the importance of protecting their elders. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/channels/26276
34:50
February 15, 2021
2020 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize winner 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. Lakota America is an account of the Lakota from the early 16th to the early 21st centuries, including the history of iconic figures such as Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull. The book was chosen for the 2020 Stubbendieck Great Plains Book Prize by an independent jury. Hämäläinen is Rhodes Professor of American History at St. Catherine's College at the University of Oxford. He specializes in indigenous, colonial, imperial, environmental, and borderlands history in North America. Before Oxford, he taught at Texas A&M University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His 2008 book, The Comanche Empire, received 12 book awards, including the 2008 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode.  To see the video version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/15229 Download episode transcript: https://www.unl.edu/plains/pekka-transcript.docx
50:46
December 22, 2020
Indigenous Food Sovereignty with 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.  For more about her work, follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lindablackelk) or visit the UTTC website (uttc.edu/land-grant-extension/).  Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode.  To listen to the podcast version of this, visit: https://mediahub.unl.edu/channels/26276
28:29
November 24, 2020
Bees with Judy Wu-Smart
In this interview, we tour the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To listen to the podcast version of this, visit: https://www.unl.edu/plains/great-plains-great-ideas-paul-olson-seminars
23:37
November 17, 2020
Meatpacking and COVID-19 with Will Avilés
In this interview, we speak with Dr. 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. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. To see the video version of this, visit https://mediahub.unl.edu/channels/26276 More information on Dr. Avilés' work: facebook.com/NebraskaSolidarity
27:28
November 10, 2020
Artist 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. Furlong's exhibition explores the artist's interpretation of the natural history and current grassland ecology in the Great Plains and beyond through drawings, monotypes, and paintings. Bird species, past and present, insects, animals, and plants are depicted along with mark making inspired by the lines and textures of the prairie. "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 at the Center for Great Plains Studies. To watch the video version of this podcast, visit our website.
44:21
October 20, 2020
Extreme Weather on the Great Plains with 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. "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 at the Center for Great Plains Studies. To watch the video version of this podcast, visit our website.
15:28
October 13, 2020
Robber's Cave historian 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. "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 at the Center for Great Plains Studies.  For more information on the cave and to take a tour, visit www.robberscavetours.com/ To watch the video version of this podcast visit our website.
11:08
September 29, 2020
New Director 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 at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska.  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.  For more information on her projects, visit: https://www.reconciliationrising.org/. To watch the video version of this podcast visit our website.
14:25
September 15, 2020