plainstate: The Podcast
Episode 22: Writing the River: Nebraska Writing Project and Niobrara Scenic River Partnership

Episode 22: Writing the River: Nebraska Writing Project and Niobrara Scenic River Partnership

February 16, 2021

This episode explores the most recent collaboration between the National Park Service and the Nebraska Writing Project: a planned river float for area high school students to allow them to experience the Niobrara River in a way they may not have before.

Episode 21: Bare Bones: Place-Based Teaching Through Stories of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Episode 21: Bare Bones: Place-Based Teaching Through Stories of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

January 27, 2021

A partnership between the Nebraska Writing Project and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument has developed the park's paleontological, geological, and early history of the plains stories into a series of workshops designed for teachers. In this episode, teacher-participants share how the workshop series evolved and impacted them as place-based writers and educators.

Episode 20: Place-Conscious Experiential Writing for Students and Teachers

Episode 20: Place-Conscious Experiential Writing for Students and Teachers

January 4, 2021

The Nebraska Writing Project and Homestead National Monument have partnered together to host the Prairie Visions Writing Festival, and annual workshop for middle and high schoolers. In this episode, educators and rangers discuss using place-based writing to give students a greater appreciation of place, writing, history, and the Homestead Act.

Episode 19: Blending Place-Based Education and C3WP in Rural Nebraska: A Focus on Civil Discourse

Episode 19: Blending Place-Based Education and C3WP in Rural Nebraska: A Focus on Civil Discourse

December 14, 2020

In this episode, Pierce High School English teacher Melissa Legate and professor Robert Brooke illustrate how place-conscious education can blend with an emphasis on civic engagement and understanding issues from multiple perspectives.

Episode 18: We Are All Immigrants

Episode 18: We Are All Immigrants

November 23, 2020

In this episode, doctoral candidate Cara Morgenson and professor Robert Brooke discuss an extensive project connecting high school English learners, UNL college students, and park rangers at Homestead National Monument.

Episode 17: Being Heard: Students Presenting Live to State Senators on Local Issues

Episode 17: Being Heard: Students Presenting Live to State Senators on Local Issues

November 2, 2020

The Husker Writers Program brings high school and college students together to research local issues and present advocacy writing to local legislators. In this episode, UNL assistant professor Rachael Shah and North Star high school teacher Jessica Meyers discuss this approach to argument writing, and we get to listen in on their students' presentations to state senator Adam Morfeld.

Episode 16: Basics of Place-Conscious Education: The Nebraska Experience

Episode 16: Basics of Place-Conscious Education: The Nebraska Experience

October 12, 2020

In this episode, professor and Nebraska Writing Project director Robert Brooke introduces the basic concepts of place-conscious education and how the project is promoting place-conscious education across the state.

Episode 15: Marianne Kunkel and Susan Martens

Episode 15: Marianne Kunkel and Susan Martens

April 27, 2020

In this episode, Marianne Kunkel and Susan Martens, two English PhD graduates, continue their conversation about their time at UNL and specifically Susan Marten's ongoing career at Missouri Western State University.

Episode 14: Susan Martens and Marianne Kunkel

Episode 14: Susan Martens and Marianne Kunkel

April 20, 2020

In this episode, Susan Martens interviews Marianne Kunkel, two English PhD graduates, about her time at UNL and her ongoing career at Missouri Western State University.

Episode 13: Literature and the Environment

Episode 13: Literature and the Environment

April 6, 2020

In this episode, Cory Willard and some of his students discuss their experience in English 317: Literature and the Environment, which took place in western Nebraska in the summer of 2019. (Note: This course will be taught again during the summer of 2020, though it will be moved online.)

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