Arkansas Stories


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, and what it means to engage in civil discourse.



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

Dates Events

Mon, Feb. 18

5:00 pm


7:00 pm


Wed. Feb. 20

12:00 pm

Launch of Arkansas Stories Project:

        The Elias C. Boudinot Bookcase as Artifact: What does it tell us about our history?

      Walton Reading Room, Mullins Library, University of Arkansas

        A View from the Ridge: An Evening with Cherokee playwright, M.K. Nagle

       Faulkner Performing Arts Center, University of Arkansas


A Historical Walking Tour of Fayetteville sites related to John Ridge

       Meet at One East Center atrium (dessert reception to follow)

Friday, Apr. 26

       5:00-9:00 p.m.

Giffels Auditorium




Saturday, Apr. 27

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Spiro Mounds: Ritual Response to Climate Change

"Archaeology of Story-Telling at the Spiro Ceremonial Center" featuring George Sabo,

director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey

"Translating Archaeological Evidence and Indigenous Story-Telling into an Immersive

VR Experience, featuring Dave Fredrick, Greg Rogers, and Nicholas Wise, Tesseract Center


A Guided Tour and 3D Model of the Spiro Mounds Native American Site

at the Spiro Mounds site, Spiro, Oklahoma (10 mi. west of Ft. Smith)

Fall 2019 Dionicio Rodriguez, Gone with the Wind, and Art and Placemaking
Rohrer Internment Camp: Space, Place and Social Context
Spring 2020 Nelson Hackett: A Runaway Slave from Fayetteville & International Relations