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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

Read the 2017 Governor's Lecture Transcript here!

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 will draw 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.

The 2017 Sower Award in the Humanities was also presented at this event to Omaha native and humanities benefactor Todd Simon. 

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