Arkansas Stories

Learn More About The Nelson Hackett Project


Arkansas Stories of Place and Belonging is an innovative public scholarship and engagement series funded by a Chancellor's Innovation Grant that brings together scholar-experts, students, and the general public to engage in informed conversations about the region’s fascinating history of human interaction.

Utilizing objects and places as focal points to narrate compelling stories of the movement of humans and ideas across centuries, our public humanities program illuminates the story of what makes up our common heritage. Likewise the series gives voice to the thousands of diverse peoples who left their imprint on our land, our culture, and our ideas.

Arkansas Stories  is produced by an interdisciplinary group of humanities scholars representing the fields of archaeology, architecture, immersive storytelling, english, literature, philosophy, and history.

Engaging and collaborating with the public in this humanistic endeavor promotes the university’s land grant mission to deliver a liberal education. Arkansas Stories also promotes research and teaching collaboration that engages students in some of the most compelling themes of our time: migration, cultural change, belongingness, citizenship, equity, and what it means to engage in civil discourse in these challenging times.



Calendar of Events
(check back for dates and more information)




April 2020



Nov. 15, 2019


4:30 pm 

5:00 pm


6:00 pm


 Nov. 16, 2019

9:00 am

11:40 am

12:30 pm


1:15 pm


1:45 pm



3:00 pm




 Runaway Slave: Nelson Hackett, Abolition, and International Cause Celebre


Cancelled due to health regulations. Alternative plans forthcoming.


Arkansas Stories of Captivity and Resistance

Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello, conference room, School of Forestry, Agric., and Natural Resources

 "Captivity and Resistance" by Johanna Miller Lewis, Prof. of History, UALR   

  Demonstration of Tesseract's creative, educational 2-D narrative of captivity and resistance

                by Dave Fredrick, Director of Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments & Game Design

   "Monticello's Italian POW Camp" by Jodi Barnes, Associate Archeologist, Arkansas

                 Archeological Survey, University of Arkansas at Monticello


Sites Visits and McGehee, AR        

Site visit: Monticello Italian POW Camp led by Jodi Barnes, Associate Archeologist

Museum visit: World War II Japanese Internment Museum, McGehee

Lunch at McGehee Municipal Complex. based on a  menu from the Rohrer Japanese internment camp, 

                 prepared by Joseph Brajcki

"The Other Side of the Fence" a presentation by John Newman, painter, native of Rohrer and emeritus

                 professor of art, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, at the McGehee Municipal Complex

"Using Digital Technologies to Document and Interpret Japanese-American Internment in Arkansas" by

                 Kimball Erdman, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arkansas at

                 Fayetteville, at the McGehee Municipal Complex

Site Visit: Rohrer Japanese Internment Camp, led by Kimball Erdman and Richard Yada, lifelong 

                  Arkansan born in the Rohrer Camp



 April 2019

 World Renewal at Spiro Mounds

April 26

6:00 pm



April 27

11:00 am


3D Visualization of the Sacred Site at Spiro Mounds and Archeology of Story-telling at Spiro Ceremonial Center, Giffels Auditorium

[ led by the Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design team]


Spiro Mounds Tour and 3D Visualization Interactive Exhibit

Spiro Mounds State Park, Spiro, OK [led by George Sabo, Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey]

February 2019


Elias Cornelius Boudinot: A Cherokee Confederate in the Age of Print Culture