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Lunch & Learn: Eliza Blue

Join Eliza Blue for our May Lunch & Learn: PlainSong: Reimagining the Prairie Narrative Through Stories & Songs

Fueled by the imperialist mission of manifest destiny, the legend of the American pioneer lauded independence and stoicism, as well as the virtues of conquering the landscape. Through her lyrics and prose, modern-day homesteader, Blue, considers the role of human enterprise within the grassland ecosystem now. What is our place as 21st century agriculturists in preserving and promoting the culture of place while also working to become “better ancestors” and better denizens of the lands we cultivate? By examining original source material such as ‘Land of the Burnt Thigh’ and the Little House books next to modern writers such as Dan O’Brien, Wendell Berry, Linda Hasselstrom, and Eliza’s own work, what do we discover about the evolution of this narrative?

Register at to access the free program on Zoom, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. We will meet online at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 7th. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot!

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

If you have any questions, please email Rachelle at [email protected].


May 07 2021


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 07 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm