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North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND 58102-1843)
Thomas D. Isern (Project Director: March 2005 to February 2008)

Seminars for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

$104,417 (approved)
$104,417 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2005 – 12/31/2006

The Great Plains from Texas to Saskatchewan: Place, Memory, Identity

A five-week seminar for fifteen school teachers on the history and culture of the American Great Plains.

This five-week seminar will provide fifteen teacher-participants, along with the seminar director, the opportunity to study in depth four great texts of the Great Plains experience. Two texts--by Walter P. Webb and Willa Cather--represent the First Generation of Great Plains regionalism, which sought cultural autonomy for the region in an increasingly metorpolitan nation. Two texts--by N. Scott Momaday and Wallace Stegner--represent the Second Generation of Great Plains regionalism, which sought personal identity in the Great Plains experience. The seminar is to be directed by a historian who specializes in regional studies. The seminar will convene at North Dakota State University, a land-grant university of the Northern Plains.