What are the contours of rural Nebraska, the people, their ideas, their hopes, and their well-being? What are the cultural currents, past and present, that shape the characteristics of our communities?
These projects began with a focus on health disparities in rural Nebraska through the Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI). Over time this focus has broadened to include an inquiry into the ethos of Nebraska and the ideology that shapes and is shaped by, the history and contemporary configurations of this place. One of these projects endeavors uncover this ideology, to render it “in plain sight,” we delve into those taken-for-granted assumptions––those things that go without saying––about the rural, the farmer, the pioneer, in an effort to lay bare those currents that shape our current and historical understanding of the Rural in Nebraska.