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Voices of the Plains

Zoom series

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Center for Great Plains Studies Room: Zoom
1155 Q St.
Lincoln NE 68588
Directions: 11th and Q streets
Katie Nieland, (402) 472-3965,
A monthly series hosted by the Center for Great Plains Studies Graduate Fellows

The Center is launching a new online series to amplify the voices of distinctive communities on the Great Plains whose perspectives have historically been marginalized, underrepresented, or misunderstood. This new series is brought to you by our dynamic group of Graduate Fellows, graduate students who come from fields as diverse as Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences, English, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, and Natural Resources. They have combined their unique interests and expertise to create a compelling series of accessible conversations focused on the region.

Join the Graduate Fellows virtually the last Thursday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. for this series of fresh and stimulating discussions, open to all.

Part 1: Voices in Great Plains Conservation and International Ecosystems (45 minutes)

In this part one, Jazmin Castillo will discuss the application of Great Plains habitat and natural resources conservation to international ecosystems, from the perspective of an early career BIPOC scientist. Castillo is a B.S. and M.S. graduate of the School of Natural Resources at UNL. She did her master’s research on hyena population dynamics in Botswana through a multidisciplinary National Science Foundation fellowship focused on the ecological resilience of agroecosystems. She has recently translated her skills to a position working on the national trails system with the United States Forest Service based out of Washington, D.C. and is planning to continue her career with the Forest Service. 

Part 2: Voices of Heartland Immigrant and Refugee Communities (45 minutes)
Part two will cover the history of immigrant settlement in the Great Plains alongside contemporary happenings, media representation, and place-based education.

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