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The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, and problem-solving exploration of important and often contentious public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners.
The Center of the American West, as part of its mission to increase awareness and knowledge about a variety of issues we face as Westerners, hosts a number of public events every year. We offer film screenings, panel discussions, public readings, and much more.
Come join us; we have something to offer everyone!
Our aim is to help our students become discerning citizens and leaders in any of the fields that they may explore in their futures. We also work to provide community – a hub where students on a large campus can feel at home. To this end we sponsor a wide range of opportunities, inviting students to venture beyond classrooms and textbooks and to interact with leading scholars, writers, public servants, and faculty members. Come on in and take a look at our offerings. You won’t be disappointed.
Through a series of courses, projects, networking events and summer programs, graduate students, postdoctoral students and faculty will combine their historical knowledge with practical skills. Under the guidance of mentors, participants will craft responses to recurring issues in the West, including wildfires, natural resource management and the challenges and opportunities facing native peoples.
The Center of the American West works on issues as diverse as the West itself. From energy to immigration, government to development, water to wildfire, and much more, you’ll find all our projects and publications in this section.
University of Washington
Puʻuhonua o Kakaʻako: Refuge and Abundance in Native Hawaiian Communities, 1860s-1920s
Your Architecture is on My Land: The Making and Remaking of Native American Spaces, 1969 - Present
University of California, Davis
Mormons, Pacific Islanders, and the Boundaries of Belonging in the Age of Empire
Disability activism in the late twentieth century United States
Texas A&M University
B’nai Borderlands: The Development Jewish Communities Along the U.S.- Mexico Border in the Twentieth Century
University of California, Merced
Water is King: Here is its Kingdom: Racialized Labor, Technological Development, and Natural Resource Extraction in California’s Imperial Valley
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The Heart of the Nation”: The Roles of Female Leadership in Mandan and Hidatsa Survivance
The Fruits of Their Labor: Religion, Race, and Resistance in California’s Central Valley, 1870-1960
University of California, San Diego.
Transborder diplomacy in city planning and governance in the San Diego-Tijuana binational urban area
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Slavery and the Old Spanish Trail
Reclamation: Race, Labor, and the Power of Place
A World of Wounds: Veterans and Nature from the Civil War to the War on Terror
Economies of Scale