Presentations

Upcoming events

Perennial Healing: Agriculture in the Ecosphere.” Invited presentation, Institute for Human and Planetary Health, Doane University, Crete, Nebraska, 15 September 2018.

Past public and scholarly presentations

“Plants, Place, Planet.” Invited workshop for Kansas City Design Center’s West Bottoms Reborn, Kansas City, Missouri, 28 April 2018.

“Ecology.” Invited panel with Bob Hagen and Marguerite Perret. Big Botany Symposium, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 28 March 2018.

Ecosphere Studies.” Invited Lunch & Learn presentation for the League of Women Voters of Salina, Salina Public Library, Salina, Kansas, 13 February 2018.

My Life in the Ecosphere.” Invited sermon for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, Kansas, 28 January 2018.

“Teaching and Learning the Stories of Standing Rock and #noDAPL.” Roundtable organizer and participant, Modern Language Association, New York City, New York, 5 January 2018.

“Talking Plants: Making Kin with Our Rooted Relations.” Invited conversation with Wendy Makoons Geniusz and Claire Pentecost, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois, 2 December 2017.

“Healing Roots: Indigenous Plant Knowledge in Tallgrass Prairie Literature.” Invited talk for the Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 14 November 2017.

“Storytelling and Environmental Justice in the West.” Panel with Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Case, Western Literature Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 25-28 October 2017.

“WLA and the Public Humanities.” Invited panel with Audrey Goodman, Christine Bold, and Krista Comer, Western Literature Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 25-28 October 2017.

“Plants, Place, Planet.” Invited workshop for Kansas City Design Center’s West Bottoms Reborn, Perennial Agriculture Project Field Station, Lawrence, Kansas, 16 October 2017.

“Stories for the Long Game.” Invited conversation with Brooke Hecht and Gavin Van Horn, Headwaters Conference: Science, Story, and Justice, Western State Colorado University, 6-8 October 2017.

Ecosphere Studies Update.” Invited presentation with Bill Vitek and Wes Jackson, Prairie Festival, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, 23 September 2017.

“Mentoring Relationships and Diverse Professional Paths in the Environmental Humanities: Graduate Student and Early Career Special Session.” Roundtable organizer and participant, Association for the Study of Literature & Environment, Detroit, Michigan, 20-24 June 2017.

“Ecosphere Studies: Recovering Our Membership in ‘Earth Alive!’” Panel organizer and participant, Association for the Study of Literature & Environment, Detroit, Michigan, 20-24 June 2017.

“The New Emergency: Ecosphere Studies and the Future University.” Workshop led with Chris Brown, Matt Burke, John Head, Wes Jackson, and Bill Vitek, Series on The Future University, The Commons, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 13 April 2017.

“Shifting Ground: Dynamic Personal Maps on the Great Plains.” Panel with Great Plains Graduate Fellows, University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska, 30-31 March 2017.

“Environmental Justice and Indigenous Plant Knowledge.” Invited keynote on the environment co-presented with Alicia Harris, Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, 10 Feb. 2017.

Ecospheric Studies.” Presentation with Bill Vitek and Wes Jackson, Prairie Festival, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, 24 September 2016.

“Development of a Native Language Textbook: An Update on the Omaha Language Textbook of UNL & UNPS.” Presentation with Rory Larson and Bryan James Gordon, Siouan-Caddoan Language Conference, Newkirk, Oklahoma, 20-22 May 2016.

“Forms of Knowledge about Plants: The Botanical Survey of Nebraska and the Bessey Herbarium.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Lincoln, Nebraska, 13-16 April 2016.

“Before Black Elk: John G. Neihardt’s Omaha Stories.” University of Nebraska Press and Center for Great Plains Studies Special Symposium on The Epic Neihardt: The Life and Literature of John G. Neihardt, Lincoln, Nebraska, 10 Feb. 2016.

“Learning from the Teachings of Plants in Braiding Sweetgrass.” Association for the Study of Literature & Environment, Moscow, Idaho, 23-27 June 2015.

“Learning the Language of Relation: Plants, Peoples, and the Ethnobotany of Melvin R. Gilmore.” Western Literature Association, Victoria, British Columbia, 5-8 Nov. 2014.

“Critical Plant Studies on the Great Plains.” Willa Cather Spring Conference, Red Cloud, Nebraska, 5-7 June 2014.

“Reproducing Plant Bodies on the Great Plains.” Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, Texas, 22-26 May 2014.

“Just Dust: Native and Settler Poetics of Drought.” University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1-4 April 2014.

“Solving for Perennial Patterns: Composing Place-Conscious Citizenship.” Association for the Study of Literature & Environment, Lawrence, Kansas, 28 May-1 June 2013.

“Thinking Like a Prairie: A Contemporary Land Ethic in Great Plains Literature.” Western Literature Association, Lubbock, Texas, 7-10 Nov. 2012.

“Ethnobotany as Literature, Plants as Peoples: Stories of Relations on the Great Plains.” Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, 10-13 Oct. 2012.

“Education and the Effects of 1862 in Francis La Flesche’s The Middle Five.” University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska, 28-30 March 2012.

“A ‘Native’ Great Plains Agrarianism?” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Bloomington, Indiana, 21-26 June 2011.

“From the Plains to the Tatras: Learning and Teaching Place-Consciousness in Contemporary Slovakia.” University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska, 7-9 April 2010.

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