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April 16–19, 2015

The 73rd annual Midwest Political Science Association conference will be held April 16–19, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. Conference presentations are organized by topic in more than 80 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and draw scholars from different fields, providing a variety of perspectives. For more information, visit

April 21–25, 2015

Join the Association of American Geographers at the aag Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 21 to April 25, 2015, for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The aag Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome. The five-day conference will host more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around many subfields, special tracks, and featured themes. For more information, visit

May 14–15, 2015

The 2015 Great Plains Symposium will be “Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead,” May 14–15, 2015, Lincoln, Nebraska. The symposium is a two-day interdisciplinary event intended for scholars, public officials, tribal members, and other interested members of the public from across the Great Plains. The history of Chief Standing Bear brings up issues people still identify with today and will engage the public in examining a variety of historical and legal lessons including the displacement of the Ponca tribe to Oklahoma, tribal sovereignty, and legal and ethical issues of equality. The symposium is a partnership with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs (ncia), which is in the process of planning, researching, and gathering resources necessary to apply for the establishment and designation of a Chief Standing Bear Trail running from Nebraska to Oklahoma. The establishment of this trail will increase the general public’s knowledge and awareness of the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. The ncia is the state liaison between the four headquarter tribes of the Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska. The ncia helps ensure that the sovereignty of both tribal and state governments is recognized and acted upon in a true government-to-government relationship. The commission also serves all off-reservation Indian constituencies in the State of Nebraska. All goals of the commission are accomplished through advocacy, education, and promotion of legislation. Additional information can be found at and the Center for Great Plains Studies, 402-472-3082,

June 24–27, 2015

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences will hold its annual conference at the University of California at San Diego. The 2015 conference theme is “Confronting Frontiers, Borders, and Boundaries.” For more information, visit [End Page 95]

July 24–26, 2015

The 7th annual Midwest Native Plants Conference will be held at Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio, on July 24–26, 2015. Keynote speakers will be William Cullina, Kenn Kaufmann, and Don Leopold. Conference offers informative workshops, breakout sessions, and morning and evening field trips. For more information, visit

August 9–14, 2015

The Ecological Society of America’s 100th annual meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the meeting is “Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial.” For more information, visit

August 11–12, 2015

The University of Nebraska’s Center for Grassland Studies will hold its 2015 Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney, Nebraska, August 11–12. For more information, visit

August 23–27, 2015

The Society for Ecological Restoration’s 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration will be held in Manchester, United Kingdom, August 23–27, 2015. The theme will be “Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild.” For more information, visit

Fall 2015

The National Wildlife Federation will host its Third Biennial Grasslands Conference in the fall of 2015 in Fort...


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