Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:1 (Spring 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sponsored its 20th Annual Symposium, "Politics and Culture of the Great Plains," April 11-13, 1996, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Symposium was co-chaired by Professor John Hibbing, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Professor John Peters, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The Symposium was conducted under the leadership of Professor Ann Mari May, Acting Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More than 500 people were involved in the various activities and events of the Symposium.

To open the Symposium, Morris Dees, Chief Trial Counsel and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, delivered the keynote address in which he discussed the politics of hate in the heartland, expressed great concern over the increasing number of hate groups in America and urged the audience to fight hate with tolerance and love.