Thursday, September 28, 2017
2017 PILSTER GREAT PLAINS LECTURE
7:30pm (Mountain Time)
Chadron State College Student Center
"Nebraska Before Nebraska: Our Pawnee Homeland"
2017 Pilster Lecturer, Walter Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Introduction: Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska-Omaha
The lecture is FREE! The lecture will be followed by audience questions, refreshments and book signings. Books will be available for purchase at the lecture.
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 am (Mountain Time)
Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & PACKET PICK UP
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
CONFERENCE SESSION 1
"Poetry From the Plains"
Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen will read selections from her poetry and discuss how the landscape of the Great Plains has inspired, influenced and shaped her writing. Her poetry follows in the footsteps of earlier Plains writers, using a sense of place to make connections between the natural and human worlds, the land and all its inhabitants–the ordinary, extraordinary food for poetry and stories about the human experience on the Plains and beyond.
Speaker: Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet
Session Introduction: Steve Coughlin, Chadron State College
CONFERENCE SESSION 2
Speaker: Steve Rolfsmeier, Curator, CSC Herbarium
Session Introduction: Teresa Frink, Professor of Rangeland Management, Chadron State College
CONFERENCE SESSION 3
2017 Sandoz Scholar Lecture
"Mother's Joy: Early 20th Century Technological Innovations on the Great Plains"
Speaker: Robert Roy Foresman, PhD Graduate Assistant, North Dakota State University
Session Introduction: Holly Boomer, Vice-President for Instruction, Colorado Northwestern Community College
Chadron State College Student Center
Presentation of the 2017 In the Spirit of Mari Sandoz Award, Announcement of the 2018 Sandoz Scholar, & Lively Table Networking and Conversation
Return to the Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium following the luncheon
1:30-4:00pm TIMECAPSULE CELEBRATION
1:30pm INTRODUCTION "Mari Sandoz and Her 1956 Fifty-year Predictions"
This presentation is devoted to the subject of the 1957 and 2017 Time Capsules. "Mari Sandoz and Her 1956 Fifty-Year Predictions" is composed of two brief parts. The first places the writing of her essay in the context of her life in New York City. From 1953-1957, Sandoz was at the height of her writing productivity, publishing four books and preparing for publication of two other books. She was also experiencing significant life challenges. At this time, she learned she had breast cancer; lost two very close friends, Louise Pound and Don Hollenbeck; and lived through a devastating fire in her apartment. The second covers seven specific predictions she made. Some are far-reaching; others have already happened by 2007. They include ideas about the environment, water, travel, life and labor, the "Century of the Mind," advancements of art, and diplomatic relations. Sandoz's predictions joined those of 57 other prominent and not-so-famous prognosticators.
Speaker: John R. Wunder
Session Introduction: Elaine Nelson, University of Nebraska-Omaha
2:00pm TIME CAPSULE CONTENTS "2057 Predictions: Audience Thoughts and Excerpts from the Time Capsule"
Audience members will be asked to make their own predictions for the future and will hear some excerpts from predictions sealed in the time capsule.
Speaker: Deb Carpenter-Nolting
2:15pm PANEL DISCUSSION "Welcome to the Land of Time"
Panelists will discuss questions such as "How has our concept of time changed since Mari's time?" and "How do different cultures mark the passage of time?"
Moderators: Deb Carpenter-Nolting and Craig Larson
Panelists: Martin Gilmore, Jovan Mays, Donette Lone Hill, Mercedes Iron Cloud, David Nesheim
3:00pm WRITING WORKSHOP "It's About Time"
Nationally recognized poet Jovan Mays will explore the concept of time and, using audience predictions, assist them in forming short written pieces.
Presenter: Jovan Mays
3:45pm LAUNCHING THE TIME CAPSULE
This event is FREE and open to the public. The time capsule will be buried near the statue of Mari in front of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.
Participants: Becky Herian, Nebraska 150 Committee; Martin Gilmore, singer and songwriter; Jovan Mays, writer; Donette Lone Hill and Mercedes Iron Cloud, Native prayer; Ron Hull, remarks; all conference attendees
CLOSING REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2018 CONFERENCE
Saturday, September 30, 2017
SATURDAY MORNING AT THE BEAN BROKER
The Bean Broker, Downtown Chadron
202 W. 2nd Street
"Getting in Touch With Mari Sandoz"
Speaker: Alan Wilkinson
Introduction: Matthew Evertson, Chadron State College