UNK professor Nathan Tye discussing Willa Cather’s connections to Kearney at May 10 event

WHAT: Brown Bag Lecture Series

HOSTED BY: UNK Department of History

TITLE: “Willa Cather’s Kearney”

TOPIC: Known to readers for her reimaginings of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in classics like “My Ántonia” and “O Pioneers!,” Willa Cather is one of Nebraska’s most beloved authors. Closely identified with Red Cloud and Lincoln, Cather also had deep connections to Kearney residents. Coinciding with Cather’s and Kearney’s 150th birthday celebrations, this talk will illuminate the lives of Cather’s friends and family in Kearney as well as her two visits to the community in the 1920s and 1930s.

PRESENTER: Nathan Tye is an assistant history professor at UNK, where he specializes in Nebraska history, the history of the American West and Midwest, labor history, gender and sexuality history and digital and public history. His research on Cather and her connections to Kearney was published in the fall 2022 edition of Willa Cather Review.

TIME: Noon

DATE: Wednesday, May 10

PLACE: Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave.

CONTACT: Nathan Tye, assistant history professor, 308.865.8860, tyen@unk.edu