John Wunder, emeritus professor in the Department of History, received the 2021 Sower Award in the Humanities from Humanities Nebraska.
The annual award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska. Wunder has published or edited 22 books and numerous essays and journal articles. His book "Retained by the People: A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights" (1995) won the Phi Alpha Theta national history honorary society's award for the best history book that year.
"John Wunder's ability to capture the imagination of people of all ages, through his teaching, his community participation, and the extension of his work through his writing, speaks directly to the meaning of the Sower Award and the symbol of excellence it represents," nominator Ron Hull said.
Wunder previously served as director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, president of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, and president of the Western History Association.