Humanities Nebraska Speakers featured at Peru State’s Trails and Tales

Humanities Nebraska Speakers featured at Peru State’s Trails and Tales

June 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429


Peru, Nebraska– Peru State College will host two Humanities Nebraska Speakers during Trails and Tales. Nancy Gillis will speak on “The Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk” on Monday, July 20 at the Neihardt Center in Bancroft, NE at 4:15 p.m. Bob Ripley will speak on “The Making of a Monument” on Saturday, July 25 at the State Capitol in Lincoln, NE at 11 a.m.

“The Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk” presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt. It includes brief biographies of each man, their meetings and their impact on adding to the knowledge of Lakota culture, Native American philosophies and the possibilities of cross-cultural recognition and respect. Gillis was the Director of the Neihardt Center prior to her retirement.

“The Making of a Monument” presentation is an exploration of the history, art, and architecture of the Nebraska State Capitol, “a jewel among historical monuments,” this program explores the complex history of the Capitol; the symbolism of its sculptures and mosaics; the philosophical integration of elements; and the buildings’ place in twentieth century architectural design. The presentation helps audiences better understand and appreciate the powerful message embodied in this prairie monument. Mr. Ripley is the current administrator for the Capitol Environs Commission.

The programs are sponsored by the Humanities Nebraska and Peru State College through the HN Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.

All presentations last for approximately thirty minutes to an hour and include time for questions from the audience. Programs are available for any non-profit or educational organization in the state and can be tailored based on the age and size of the audience. More information about how to book speakers through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau can be found online at


For more information, visit or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education