Great Plains Quarterly commemorates 25 years of publishing
Released on 03/09/2005, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
When Charles A. Braithwaite, editor of Great Plains Quarterly, decided to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln journal, he went to former editors and directors of the Center for Great Plains Studies and asked them to reflect on their experiences.
"I asked them to address the question of why there is a need for a publication like Great Plains Quarterly," Braithwaite said. "After publishing 24 volumes and 361 articles, it is safe to say that the creation of Great Plains Quarterly was a good move for the Center for Great Plains Studies, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the entire Great Plains region."
The quarterly was first published in 1981 under the editorship of Frederick C. Luebke and funded by a grant from the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities (now the Nebraska Humanities Council). In his editorial note for the 25th anniversary issue, Luebke, professor emeritus of history at UNL, said, "Its general purpose is to use this means to promote appreciation of the history and culture of the Great Plains and to explore contemporary social, economic, and political problems."
Susan Naramore Maher, professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, continued this tradition with her article about the writings of two contemporary biologists -- Don Gayton and John Janovy Jr. Maher wrote that Gayton's exploration of the western Canadian interior and Janovy's decades-long examination of Sandhills country in Nebraska serve to engage readers in central issues of evolutionary biology, habitat destruction and transformation, human choices and their effects on the biome, and the need for a sustainable economy and ecology of the plains.
Mary Lyons-Barrett, also at UNO, chose a more historical look at child labor in the early sugar beet industry. She said the arrival of German-Russian families to the Great Plains in the 1890s and Mexican families after 1910 played an important role in the cultivation of this American crop. Sugar companies hired heads of families knowing that children would also be employed in the fields in order for the families to earn a living wage.
In a special tribute to the late Susan J. Rosowski, Adele Hall distinguished professor of English at UNL, several of her colleagues wrote about the impact Rosowski made through her scholarship, friendship, and courage. Hilda Raz, professor of English and women's studies at UNL, said, "Sue spent her seemingly endless gifts freely, in friendship as well as research, in writing as well as teaching, on policy as well as politics. We became better writers, scholars, teachers, citizens and friends because she held us up to her standards."
Great Plains Quarterly is published by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The journal may be purchased at local bookstores or by calling the center at (402) 472-3082.
CONTACT: Charles Braithwaite, Editor, Great Plains Quarterly, (402) 472-6178