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I was selected to give the Warner Lecture for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) on August 30, 2018. The lecture series is named for the two dedicated Nebraska state senators, Charles Warner and Jerome Warner. Both embraced the ideas of bipartisanship and collective civic good for Nebraska residents. Beyond the connections to my research interests in environmental history, agricultural history, science and technology, and the Great Plains, my 2018 remarks offered historical examples in Nebraska agriculture to inspire audience members to think in interdisciplinary terms, across their specialties and professional training, to address important issues facing the state. "Field Notes" also offered historical perspectives around integrated learning models between the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the humanities as two colleges at UNK, the Natural and Social Sciences and the Fine Arts and Humanities, merged into the College of Arts and Sciences in the 2018–19 school year.