Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities

“It Happened Here: Why National Conflicts Have Centered on the Great Plains”

featuring T.J. Stiles

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha
Tuesday, October 3, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.
Free public lecture

About the Speaker

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author T. J. Stiles delivered the 22nd annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities on October 3, 2017 in Omaha. Stiles won the Pulitzer for History (2016) for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, and the Pulitzer for Biography (2010) as well as the National Book Award for Nonfiction (2009) for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. He is also the author of Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War.

In presenting this year’s Governor’s Lecture, Stiles used the opportunity of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood to address the state’s centrality to American history. He drew from his work on Custer and other historical figures to explore geographical and other factors that made Nebraska a battleground in a series of conflicts that shaped national – and continental – history.

This lecture will be rebroadcast on NET Radio (on November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. CST), and KIOS Radio/Omaha (day and time TBD).

The 2017 Sower Award in the Humanities was also presented at this event. This year’s recipient was Todd Simon.

Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities:





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In 1996, Humanities Nebraska collaborated with Governor Ben Nelson to establish the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an annual event to demonstrate the importance of the humanities in public life. His successors, Governors Mike Johanns, Dave Heineman, and Pete Ricketts have continued to enthusiastically support this lecture series, which is free and open to the public. The lecture features a nationally renowned speaker and is preceded by a benefit dinner.  Each year the event alternates between Lincoln and Omaha.  When held in Lincoln, the Governor’s Lecture is affiliated with the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues lecture series at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In addition to bringing a nationally recognized speaker to Nebraska and building a strong working relationship with Nebraska’s governor, the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities increases public visibility for Humanities Nebraska and its programs and generates income for statewide humanities programs. Annually, Humanities Nebraska honors individuals, institutions, businesses and communities with the Sower Award in the Humanities for contributions to public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska, based on nominations and letters of support from the citizens of Nebraska. The Sower Award is an original bronze sculpture by Nebraska artist Sondra Dunn Mahoney.



NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re