The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series & CTR Library Faculty Profile Series

Todd KerstetterFlood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin

Dr. Todd Kerstetter
Professor of History
Texas Christian University

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

5:00 pm – Room 131 Copeland Hall
Free and open to the public


Book Cover Flood on the TracksTODD M. KERSTETTER earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and is Professor of History at Texas Christian University. Kerstetter specializes in the history of the American West. His books include Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West and God’s Country, Uncle Sam’s Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West. The latter examines religion’s role in conflicts between the United States and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lakota Ghost Dancers, and the Branch Davidians. His most recent book, Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin was published earlier this year by Texas Tech University Press. He is currently writing an environmental history of water in Fort Worth and Dallas.

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Tim Slessor presentation November 4, 2014

The Library, along with the departments of History, Sociology, English and Communications, will host speaker and retired BBC documentary producer Tim Slessor, November 4, at 3:30, in Copeland Hall, room 131.

His presentation on “Immigrants”  will include stories of westward settlement, particularly, where those tales concern immigrants from Britain. Slessor begins his presentation by discussing his fascination with the American West and examining some of the points where the UK and the U.S. have their similarities and their differences.

Nebraskans do not have to look hard to see where the Brits may have had an early presence: Oxford, Cambridge, Crawford, Norfolk, Bridgeport, Exeter, Litchfield, Lancaster, Wakefield, Walton and at least a dozen more. The same is true in Wyoming and Montana. But perhaps more interesting are the stories of individual immigrants – especially the well-to-do second sons of England’s landed gentry. What, for example, brought the Queen to spend a week on a horse-ranch in the shadow of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains? Who in the 1920’s, after his father – the Earl of Portsmouth – and then his elder brother died, uniquely had a seat in the Wyoming Legislature and the and the House of Lords? Of course, there is much more to it than that as Slessor shares in his presentation and in his book More than Cowboys.

Tim Slessor’s presentation is made possible by the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College through a private donation to the Chadron State Foundation.

See Preston McDaniels @ the Library!

You are cordially invited to attend one or more of the four events sponsored by the library and featuring Preston McDaniels, juvenile literature illustrator, author, and Kearney native son.  All the events will occur on March 8, 2012

When:

Where:

What:

Library, Lower Level

Reading for Child Development Center children and parents

MONA

Reading for students from Kearney’s Central Elementary School, discussion, and ongoing exhibit

Copeland Room 142

Meeting with students and faculty to discuss his creative process and his path to publication

Library, Main Floor

Reading, discussion, and book signing.

Preston McDaniels @ the Library and more!

McDaniels has illustrated numerous books for young readers. His work includes illustrating books by Cynthia Rylant, a Newbery Award winning author. Lighthouse Family, written by Rylant and illustrated by McDaniels, was named a “Best of the Year” selection by the International Association of Independent booksellers.

McDaniels has also illustrated Francis O’Roark Dowell’s critically acclaimed and popular series of Phineaus L. McGuire novels. Of additional interest to Kearney readers are the illustrations, influenced by McDaniels’ experiences at Kearney’s Park Elementary School.

His work has appeared on the L. A. Times Bestseller list and his first self penned title, A Perfect Snowman has been called “enchanting” and “[a] tale to be passed on from generation to generation.”

Please join the library in welcoming Preston home.

Save the Date….Preston McDaniels at UNK

You are cordially invited to attend one or more of the four events sponsored by the library and featuring Preston McDaniels, juvenile literature illustrator, author, and Kearney native son.  All the events will occur on March 8, 2012

When:

Where:

What:

Library, Lower Level

Reading for Child Development Center children and parents

MONA

Reading for students from Kearney’s Central Elementary School, discussion, and ongoing exhibit

Copeland Room 142

Meeting with students and faculty to discuss his creative process and his path to publication

Library, Main Floor

Reading, discussion, and book signing.

McDaniels has illustrated numerous books for young readers. His work includes illustrating books by Cynthia Rylant, a Newbery Award winning author. Lighthouse Family, written by Rylant and illustrated by McDaniels, was named a “Best of the Year” selection by the International Association of Independent booksellers.

McDaniels has also illustrated Francis O’Roark Dowell’s critically acclaimed and popular series of Phineaus L. McGuire novels. Of additional interest to Kearney readers are the illustrations, influenced by McDaniels’ experiences at Kearney’s Park Elementary School.

His work has appeared on the L. A. Times Bestseller list and his first self penned title, A Perfect Snowman has been called “enchanting” and “[a] tale to be passed on from generation to generation.”

Please join the library in welcoming Preston home.

Wright Morris display at library

Written by Tina Walker, Library Services Associate
walkertj@unk.edu

Wright Morris is a noted Nebraska author, whose photography has recently been featured by the Museum of Nebraska Art.  The library owns a number of Wright Morris works (view a list in the library catalog) and currently has a display about Wright Morris for viewing on the library’s main level.

Wright Morris

Wright Marion Morris

Born: January 6, 1910, Central City, Nebraska, U.S.
Died: April 25, 1998, Mill Valley, California

American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and photographer who often wrote about the Midwestern prairie where he grew up. In his writings he sought to recapture the American past and portray the frustrations of contemporary life.

Morris grew up in Nebraska. His mother died within a week of his birth, and his father was often absent. Morris roamed across the United States as a young man and then traveled in Europe, where he became interested in literature. He returned to the United States shortly before World War II started and began experimenting with both photography and prose, an effort that gained expression in works combining photographs and text. An excellent example of these is The Inhabitants (1946), which has Morris’s running commentary on Henry David Thoreau juxtaposed with his photographs of buildings expressive of history and character.

Morris’s wanderings across America in the 1920s and ’30s led to his first novel, My Uncle Dudley (1942), in which a group of people travel cross-country by car. He went on to write 19 more novels, among them The Works of Love (1951), The Field of Vision (1956) which won the National Book Award, Ceremony in Lone Tree (1960), Earthly Delights, Unearthly Adornments (1978), and Plains Song (1980) which won the American Book Award. An acute observer of American character, Morris used sharp details, subtle irony, and multiple perspectives to explore obliquely the idiosyncracies and failed lives of people from small Midwestern towns. One of his best-known books is the memoir Solo: An American Dreamer in Europe (1983), which chronicles his youthful travels in Europe. He also published essay collections and several volumes of photographs of the rural Midwest. His Collected Stories: 1948–1986 appeared in 1986, and he published Writing My Life: An Autobiography in 1993.

Morris, Wright. (2010). In Encyclopædia Britannica.  Retrieved July 15, 2010, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://0-search.eb.com.rosi.unk.edu/eb/article-9053821

MONA featuring photos by Nebraska author, Wright Morris

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is featuring several exhibitions this summer, including the photographs of award-winning Nebraska author, Wright Morris:

“They Spoke to Me, or Did Not Speak:” Wright Morris’s Images of America
On view at the MONA through July 25, 2010

The Calvin T. Ryan Library offers many books by Wright Morris, including:

Many more books by Wright Morris are listed in the library catalog and available for checkout.