Humanities Desk On Demand

August 22, 2015
Because groundwater is so important, water quality scientists spend a lot of time studying how contaminants can get into the aquifer, deep underground. Dan Snow says growing up, he wasn't planning on being a scientist.
August 29, 2015
Don Welch is a Nebraska poet and author, recently retired from 50 years of teaching at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He's lived most of his life with his wife Marcia in central Nebraska, where much of his work has been influenced by the natural world.
August 15, 2015
Ann Bleed came to Nebraska from New York in 1972. Her views on water were shaped during her more than 20 year tenure with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, holding positions including director and state hydrologist, and by her participation on negotiations for two interstate litigation... more››
August 8, 2015
Renee Sans Souci grew up hearing stories of sweat lodges, sun dances, and vision quests from her parents and grandparents. But she never saw any of her family's Omaha traditions until she was an adult.
June 27, 2015
Tiauna Lewis didn't like poetry until she learned about slam poetry.
June 27, 2015
School is where a lot of people are first exposed to poetry. That first experience with poetry can shade a person's love - or hate - of poetry for a lifetime.
June 13, 2015
Graduating college is a major accomplishment. When you think about the factors that can make it more challenging, it's even more remarkable to graduate. Those factors include: being poor, being an immigrant, and being the first in your family to go to college. Some students can check all of those... more››
May 23, 2015
The first roller skate was patented in 1760 by a Belgian inventor, but you don't have to travel across the Atlantic to see it. You can find a model of it at the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, museum director James Vannurden told... more››
May 9, 2015
Before 1879, Native Americans weren't recognized as people under United States Federal law. That all changed because of a trial in Omaha, and because of a member of the Ponca tribe named Standing Bear. Today there are Nebraskans working to commemorate Standing Bear on a national scale.
May 2, 2015
In the 1870s, thousands of Germans from Russia left Russia for the United States. By 1910, the US census counted 13,000 Germans from Russia in Nebraska alone. Diane Wilson says these new immigrants started transitioning to American life by continuing a lot of their own traditions, especially when... more››

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