Native artwork commemorating 9/11 leads fall Olson seminars

Barbara K. Robins
Barbara K. Robins

A talk on how Native American artists have contributed diverse works to memorialize 9/11 will lead off the fall semester series of the Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies at UNL.

Barbara K. Robins will present "Healing a Nation: Native Americans Respond to 9/11," in a seminar at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Native American artists created stylistically diverse works to memorialize the devastating event. Robins says, "This empathy for loss is the express result of having lived through colonial violence, manifest destiny, cultural suppression, and aggressive assimilation policies. These artists invoked their histories of cultural survival to share in the healing while reminding Americans of their continued responsibility to uphold treaties, respect sovereignty, and the contributions of Native Americans to nation building."

Robins is associate professor of English and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Following is the schedule of other fall semester Olson seminars. All seminars begin at 3:30 in the Great Plains Art Museum, following a 3 p.m. reception. Sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL, they are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the center at (402) 472-3082 or visit

➢ Oct. 19 -- "Reclaiming Deficiency: There's a There There," Frances W. Kaye, professor of English and Great Plains Studies, UNL. Kaye is the author of "Goodlands: A Meditation and History on the Great Plains" (Athabasca University Press, 2011).

➢ Nov. 16 -- "Creating the "Atlas of the Great Plains'," J. Clark Archer, professor of geography, UNL, and Fred M. Shelley, professor of geography, University of Oklahoma. Archer and Shelley with co-author, the late Stephen Lavin, UNL professor of geography, recently published the "Atlas of the Great Plains" (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).

- Linda Ratcliffe, Center for Great Plains Studies

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