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08/21/2019 - Pilster Lecture And Mari Sandoz Symposium

Populism is the theme of the 2019 Pilster Lecture and Mari Sandoz Symposium taking place on September 19-21, 2019 at Chadron State College. Click here to view the flyer. The Thursday and Friday events take place on the college campus and Saturday morning's session will be held downtown. During Thursday night’s 7:30 pm (Mountain) Pilster Lecture at the college Student Union, Dr. Charles Postel of San Francisco State University will discuss late nineteenth and early twentieth century Populism in the United States. He says the Populist Party of history was known in its day as "a reading party, a "writing and talking party."

Populism shaped the environment in which Sandoz emerged as a writer and its vital legacy will be discussed at the Friday Symposium which starts at 8:30 am at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Center on campus. Dr. Jeff Wells of the University of Nebraska at Kearney leads the opening session at 9:00 am with “The Populism of Jules Sandoz and Mari Sandoz.” In Old Jules, Mari Sandoz offers glimpses of her father’s politics and involvement with the Populist movement.

During Session Two, Sandoz’ book Capital City will be Viewed Through Two Lenses. Sandoz published Capital City, considered her most political work, in 1939. As with all her writings, Sandoz mixed fact and fiction to create compelling narratives. Mary Clai Jones, an assistant professor of literature at CSC and Chris Steinke, an assistant professor of history at UNK, unpack the fictive and historical elements and meanings of the work.

"The People's Populism: The Shaping and Reshaping of Populism in Latin America, 1950s-2010s" will be discussed by Dr. Maria L.O. Munoz, history department chair at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, during Session Three. She’ll discuss the role of those who support populists. 

The noon luncheon at CSC Student Center will feature presentation of the 2019 “In the Spirit of Mari Sandoz Award.”

In Session Four, northeast Nebraska farmer Graham Christensen will discuss regenerative agriculture, why soil health practices must be adopted by farmers and ranchers holistically, and give highlights of recent activities surrounding regenerative agriculture in Nebraska.

CSC History Department Chairman and Sandoz Board member Dr. David Nesheim leads a panel discussion on "Populism in the Panhandle: Something Less Than a Movement," during Session Five.

The symposium concludes Saturday morning with a 9:30 am session at the Bean Broker Coffee House and Pub in downtown Chadron. Dr. Lisa Pollard of Lincoln will be the presenter.