Public Event

Horizontal Archipelago: People and Power in the Tallgrass Prairies
Monday, February 13, 2017
Music Room
Second Floor, Levis Faculty Center
919 W. Illinois St. (View Map)

Robert Morrissey
History, CAS Fellow 2015-16

Americans today often think of the middle West as a homogeneous natural landscape. But before it became the corn belt, this region was home to one of the most ecologically and culturally distinctive transition zones in North America, the tallgrass prairies. In this presentation, Professor Morrissey will discuss the interesting environmental history of the region, and explore how our region was both the product and shaper of an important and often misunderstood indigenous history at the time of European contact.