Water, Cather, courts and drought: UNL Olson Seminars to present a variety of topics

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By Linda Ratcliffe “The availability of a reliable water supply is a critical factor in determining whether we can maintain ‘the good life’ on the Great Plains,” says Ann Bleed, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. Bleed will open the spring Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a presentation on water policies, “Formulating Policies for Future Water Use on the Great Plains,” 3:30 p.m., Jan. 23 at the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place, Lincoln, Neb. Bleed’s talk is cosponsored by the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies and the Water Center in the School of Natural Resources. It is free and open to the public, as is a reception preceding the talk. Kyle Hoagland, director of the Water Center and professor in the School of Natural Resources, will moderate the talk. Three more Olson seminars are scheduled for the spring semester (all begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum and are free and open to the public): *Feb. 20: “Permanence and Transmission: Willa Cather’s Entropology,” Guy Reynolds, professor of English and director of The Cather Project, UNL *Mar. 12: “Taking the Court Public,” James Hewitt, attorney and adjunct professor of history, Nebraska Wesleyan University. *April 9: “Causes of Drought in the Great Plains,” Robert Oglesby, professor of climate modeling, Department of Geosciences and School of Natural Resources, UNL. For more information, contact the Center for Great Plains Studies at 402-472-3082 or visit www.unl.edu/plains.

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