Panel Discussions: Bison

Join us as we bring together unique voices in conversation to highlight our newest temporary exhibits: Bison & Wolves and Wild Lands. Panel Discussions are FREE and open to the public. They are located inside Flint Hills Discovery Center's second floor classroom.

Bison and Humans through Time

Saturday, October 27 from 2:00-3:30pm
Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we put four unique voices in conversation about the American Bison. We welcome a tribal elder, historian, biologist, and rancher to share their wide ranging experiences and understanding of this magnificent American icon. Moderator James Sherow, University Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University, will lead the panel in a group discussion about the cultural, historical, environmental, and economic significance of America’s largest mammal.  The panel will open to audience questions at the end.

Panel Moderator:
  • James E. Sherow – James Sherow, University Distinguished Professor, has taught in the History Department at KSU since the fall of 1992. He is the author of six books, the most recent, The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble, besides numerous articles. He was elected to the Manhattan city commission in 2005, and again in 2007, and served as mayor, 2011-2012.

  • Curtis Kekahbah – Curtis Kekahbah is a Kaw Elder, and is of the Thunder Clan. He is an Army veteran, and a traditional counselor at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
  • Andrew C. Isenberg – Andrew C. Isenberg is the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas.  A specialist in western, environmental, and Native American history, he is the author of The Destruction the Bison:  An Environmental History, 1750-1920 (2000); Mining California: An Ecological History (2005), Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life (2013) and, most recently, a co-authored book with James M. Turner of Wellesley College, The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump (2018).
  • Donald W. Kaufman – Donald Kaufman is a Professor of Biology at Kansas State University. His research focuses on population and community ecology of rodents and shrews as well as the ecology, evolution, and behavior of mammals in tallgrass and mixed-grass prairies.
  • Jerry SchmidtJerry Schmidt owns and operates the Indian Creek Bison Ranch near Haven, KS along with his wife Linda. They raise bison for meat and production purposes and for over 10 years have offered public tours of the ranch. Jerry is a past Board Member, Secretary, and President of the Kansas Buffalo Association.