7th Annual Kansas Lecture Series: Jim Hoy
- Thursday - November 10, 2016
- 7:00 PM
- Hudson Auditorium
Jim Hoy, Kansas author and 2016 Kansan of the Year will speak about "What is a Kansan?" on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in Hudson Auditorium on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
James F. (Jim) Hoy grew up in the Flint Hills on a ranch at Cassoday, Kansas, that has been in his family for five generations and boasts roots “as deep as those of bluestem grass in black-soil bottomland.” He draws on this area’s rich cowboy lore—as well as on his own experience working cattle, breaking horses, and rodeoing—to write folk history of the Flint Hills.
The Flint Hills are America’s last tallgrass prairie, a green enclave set in the midst of the farmland of eastern Kansas. Known as the home of the Big Beef Steer, these rugged hills have produced exemplary cowboys—both the ranch and rodeo varieties—whose hard work has given them plenty of material for equally good stories.
He is professor emeritus in English at Emporia State University, and the director of ESU’s Center for Great Plains Studies. He has published more than a dozen books including Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales from the Tallgrass Prairie (2006) and Cowboy’s Lament: A Life on the Open Range (2010).
In 2004, Hoy was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was named Kansan of the Year, awarded annually by the Native Sons and Daughters.