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The 2008 Wallace Stegner Award: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

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Justice O'Connor visited the Center of the American West to receive the award named in honor of one of her favorite authors, the 2008 Wallace Stegner Award. On a beautiful spring evening, the Justice regaled a packed house of more than two thousand people in Macky Auditorium with personal stories from her youth spent on a family ranch along the southern New Mexico-Arizona border. Her recollections were populated by...

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Modern Indian Identity: An Evening With Robert Mirabal

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The Center of the American West offered up one of our most vibrant and unique evenings yet in our Modern Indian Identity speaker series when we brought Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal to Boulder. Mr. Mirabal opened his talk with performances on a variety of his handcrafted flutes...

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Employee Spotlight: Jason Hanson

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The beginning of 2004 found me working at a publishing company in St. Louis and contemplating two conundrums: (1) How to move back within range of family and the familiar landscapes and climate of the West, and (2) How to start publishing my own writing rather than that of other people. When I was accepted to CU's graduate history program and offered the chance to work with Patty at the Center of the American West...

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The Thompson Awards for Western American Writing

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The Center of the American West fielded more than 130 entries for the ninth annual Thompson Awards for Western American Writing, making it one of the most successful years yet for this growing competition...

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Making the Invisible Visible: The Aspen Environment Forum

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This spring break I was fortunate enough to attend the Aspen Environment Forum thanks to the Hoffman Scholars program offered through the Center of the American West. On Thursday morning, the first day of the conference, several of the forum's speakers presented their "big ideas" for solutions to our current environmental crisis. Organic and local food markets, progressive renewable energy programs, and green economy objectives...

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Welcome to the Center's New E-Newsletter!

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