Forgetting, then remembering, Colorado’s great Belle Turnbull

When it comes to decisions about which historical figures we should remember and honor, and how we should conduct the “honoring” part, our nation has been floundering. Meanwhile, a bunch of Coloradans has just offered the nation a nearly perfect — let’s be honest, an entirely perfect — demonstration of how to do this right….

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Alan, Ann, Pete, & Lynne Simpson

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Belle Turnbull and the Legacy of Colorado Poetry: A Symposium

Belle Turnbull (1881-1970) was the first strong poet to live in and write about the mountains and high mining towns of the Colorado Rockies. Well-known during her life but long out of print, Turnbull’s lyrics of sublime alpine wilderness and her narratives about the harsh and dangerous world of hard rock mining offer us a profoundly…

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The Social Implications of Technological Change

CLICK HERE to watch the welcome and keynote speaker CLICK HERE watch the panel discussion In Partnership with the Silicon Flatirons Center and College of Media, Communication and Information. The rapid acceleration of communications technology is changing our society and economy in profound ways. At this conference, we will examine the social implications and impacts…

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Comradeship, Moral Injury, and the Legacy of the Vietnam War: The Need for the Humanities to Close the Gap between the Veterans and their Nation

On September 7, 2017, in the fourth public program in CU’s Vietnam War Commemoration lecture series, Vietnam Veteran, Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities William Adams will reflect on his experiences in the Mekong Delta in 1968-1969. In a difficult reckoning with their…

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Puzzled and Perplexed by Populism? An Evening of Expert Guidance and Conversation

For anyone trying to figure out the temper (literally!) of our times, the term “populism” is omnipresent, seeming to adopt a different meaning at every appearance.   The Center of the American West presents the influential and accomplished American historian, Michael Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University, and the author of The Populist…

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Fools for a Day Award: Ian and Cora Frazier

Fools for a Day Award: Ian and Cora Frazier

Father and Daughter duo Ian Frazier and Cora Frazier, both humorists who write for The New Yorker magazine as well as a host of other prominent publications, will join Patty Limerick for a discussion—and many demonstrations!—of techniques for applying humor to contemporary issues that often carry strong emotional and political charge. With a principled absence…

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Book release: Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War by James Wright

The human face of combat is on full display in James Wright’s new and much anticipated book. Based upon personal accounts and 160 interviews with veterans and their families, Wright offers a complete picture of the complicated and ambivalent nature of this war, and the young people involved: who they were, what they did in…

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Fools for a Day: Shane Mauss, Adam Bradley,
and Peter McGraw

Fools for a Day: Shane Mauss, Adam Bradley, and Peter McGraw

So a stand-up comic, a literary scholar, and a behavioral scientist walk into a lecture hall, and a Western American historian hands them the question, “What’s so funny about pop music?”  To hear the answer, along with an abundance of punch lines, plan to walk into that lecture hall yourself: Old Main Chapel, 6:30 p.m., March 8. Join comic Shane…

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ITG Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition

ITG Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition

1st place: $400 prize 2nd place: $250 3rd place: $100 Competition Details Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting. In this call, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful…

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Thompson Writing Awards Entry Deadline

Thompson Writing Awards Entry Deadline

You could have five hundred dollars sitting on your hard drive, or better yet, sitting in some untapped corner of your mind. We are looking for entries for our 17th annual Thompson Awards for Western Writing and first prize in each of the four categories is five hundred dollars! So all you fiction writers, poets,…

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Census: Oregon On Track To Gain Congressional Seat

Oregon remains on track to gain a sixth congressional district in 2020, according to an analysis of new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. “If we take those estimates and project them to 2020, we can then see what things might look like in four years,” said Kimball Brace, president of political…

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Can historical thinking reduce despair over current events?

How are we to survive as a nation if a respect for accuracy provides no shared point of reference in our public and private debates and disputes? I start every morning with that question, and I end every day without answering it. The features of our world that have corroded society’s respect for accuracy present…

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Modern Indian Identity

Modern Indian Identity

“The 2016 Oregon Wildlife Refuge Takeover: A Tribal Response” A year ago, Former Chairwoman Charlotte Roderique of the Burns Paiute Tribe in Eastern Oregon came to national attention during the armed takeover, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Originally part of the Paiute home territory, the Refuge holds many…

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Book Release – The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War

In 1966, nine young men left the Arizona desert mining camp of Morenci to serve their country in the far-flung jungles of Vietnam. Ultimately, only three survived. Each battled survivor’s guilt, difficult re-entries into civilian life, and traumas from personally experiencing war—and losing close friends along the way. Drawing on personal interviews and correspondence that…

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Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan

Each year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore, or an understanding of the West. Timothy Egan has demonstrated singular achievement, creativity, and dedication to the perception of the West…

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We Gotta Get out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

We Gotta Get out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

In We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home and of coping with the complexities of…

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Book Release: Fracture

Book Release: Fracture

A book release event featuring Pam Houston, Patty Limerick, and the book’s editor Taylor Brorby reading selections from the book and engaging in conversation about this complicated and important issue. Fracture brings together the voices of more than fifty writers who explore the complexities of fracking through first-hand experience, investigative journalism, storytelling, and verse. At…

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Thompson Writing Awards Entry Deadline

Thompson Writing Awards Entry Deadline

You could have five hundred dollars sitting on your hard drive, or better yet, sitting in some untapped corner of your mind. We are looking for entries for our 16th annual Thompson Awards for Western Writing and first prize in each of the four categories is five hundred dollars! So all you fiction writers, poets,…

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Modern Indian Identity

William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson created The Critical Indigenous Exchange because he was impatient with…

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Fool for a Day: Bob Mankoff

Fool for a Day: Bob Mankoff

We are thrilled to announce the first Center of the American West Fool for a Day Award. This award was created to celebrate those individuals whose temperaments support the central conviction of the Center of the American West: a dose of good humor is essential to constructive public discussion, and not coincidentally, to public health….

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Fool’s Enterprise: A Personal History

Fool’s Enterprise: A Personal History

The role of the Fool has deep origins in human society. In the past, kings and queens recognized the vale—really, the necessity—of appointing Fools who would speak openly and even festively of uncomfortable matters that would otherwise proliferate and fester. By breaking the spell of caution, timidity, and fear that held others under its power,…

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Rocky Mountain Rescue

Rocky Mountain Rescue

Each year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore, or an understanding of the West. For the first time ever, the Center of the American West is presenting the Stegner…

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The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

The Return of FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. With the help of community members like you, the Center of the American West’s FrackingSENSE series returns. These Spring 2015 events bring speakers who offer a unique range of perspectives on Hydraulic Fracturing…

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The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet

The Return of FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. With the help of community members like you, the Center of the American West’s FrackingSENSE series returns. These Spring 2015 events bring speakers who offer a unique range of perspectives on Hydraulic Fracturing…

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The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Matthew Cotton

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Matthew Cotton

The Return of FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. With the help of community members like you, the Center of the American West’s FrackingSENSE series returns. These Spring 2015 events bring speakers who offer a unique range of perspectives on Hydraulic Fracturing…

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Thompson Writing Awards Entry Deadline

You could have five hundred dollars sitting on your hard drive, or better yet, sitting in some untapped corner of your mind. We are looking for entries for our 16th annual Thompson Awards for Western Writing and first prize in each of the four categories is five hundred dollars! So all you fiction writers, poets,…

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Film Screening:
Losing the West

Film Screening: Losing the West

The Center of the American West is proud to host a screening of Losing the West a documentary about small ranching and farming, exemplified by the story of a lifelong Colorado cowboy. Howard Linscott IS the original Marlboro Man, a gruff, chain-smoking 70-year-old who has been ranching all his life. With sweeping shots of the…

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A special Modern Indian Identity Event: A film screening of Winter in the Blood

A special Modern Indian Identity Event: A film screening of Winter in the Blood

The Center of the American West’s Modern Indian Identity series is thrilled to present Montana filmmakers Andrew Smith and Alex Smith and their movie, Winter in the Blood for a free screening and conversation. An adaptation of James Welch’s seminal novel of the same name, Winter in the Blood offers an intimate portrait of Native…

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FrackingSENSE: TIMNATH

FrackingSENSE: TIMNATH

FrackingSENSE:TIMNATH What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Risk, Regulation, and Citizen Concerns. FrackingSENSE events are public forums, convened by the Center of the American West, that aim to increase the productivity and elevate the character of public dialog about unconventional oil and gas development in Colorado and…

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Robert G. Stanton

Robert G. Stanton

Randy Jones Memorial Lecture Series Featuring Robert G. Stanton Our National Parks: Lessons in Courage, Diversity, Justice and Environmental Quality The Center of the American West is proud to present former National Park Service Director Robert Stanton giving the 2014 Randy Jones Lecture, October 9, in celebration of the centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park….

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FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE: GREELEY What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. Organized by the Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and with support and participation from the City of Greeley, KUNC, Mineral…

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FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE:GREELEY What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. Organized by the Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and with support and participation from the City of Greeley, KUNC, Mineral Resources,…

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FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE: GREELEY

FrackingSENSE: GREELEY What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. Organized by the Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and with support and participation from the City of Greeley, KUNC, Mineral…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Josh Joswick

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Josh Joswick

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Norman Warpinski

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Norman Warpinski

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Rebecca Watson

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Rebecca Watson

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Pete Morton

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Pete Morton

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Tim Wirth and Jim Martin

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Tim Wirth and Jim Martin

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Robert Martin

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Robert Martin

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Barbara Green

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Barbara Green

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Roger Fragua

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Roger Fragua

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce the Spring edition of FrackingSENSE 2.0. We have encouraged our speakers to offer evidence-based findings…

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Beardsley Scholarship Application Deadline

In the Spring Semester of 2014, the Center of the American West will begin offering Beardsley Family Scholarships to undergraduates at the University of Colorado. In this first round, we will offer two merit-based scholarships at $1000 each. Eligible students must be full time (enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours) and have a…

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Thompson Writing Awards Deadline

Thompson Writing Awards Deadline

Fifteenth Annual Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Seven $500 prizes will be awarded to CU-Boulder students in the Spring of 2014 for writings on Western American topics. We invite submissions in the following categories*: Academic Nonfiction – Graduate Level: research papers* Academic Nonfiction – Undergraduate Level: research papers* Fiction – Graduate Level: including short stories and…

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Early Internship Deadline

Early Internship Deadline

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2014 internships. Apply by our earlybird deadline of Friday, November 22 for priority consideration. To qualify, applicants must be current degree program students at CU-Boulder with a minimum of 60 credit hours in progress at time of application, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information: Go…

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Words to Stir the Soul:

Words to Stir the Soul:

The Center of the American West presents, Words to Stir the Soul: Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies. A book release event honoring the late Denver Post Contributor and Preeminent Western Public Intellectual, Ed Quillen. “My dad had a knack for humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of Colorado history and lore, and he was never…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with George King

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with George King

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Howard Boigon

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Howard Boigon

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Congresswoman Diana DeGette

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Congresswoman Diana DeGette

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Will Fleckenstein

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Will Fleckenstein

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Matt Sura

FrackingSENSE 2.0 with Matt Sura

FrackingSENSE 2.0: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Oil & Gas Development. It’s back! The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and Boulder County are proud to introduce FrackingSENSE 2.0. In our first series, we asked our speakers to offer…

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over The River & The Mastaba

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over The River & The Mastaba

Christo, an internationally renowned artist, will present a lecture on two works in progress: Over The River, proposed temporary work of art that will suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado. The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, will be the largest sculpture in the world,…

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Powell to Powell

Powell to Powell

In June 2012, four adventurers started at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and headed downstream for the next 800 miles. This is their story. Join us for a film presentation and a Q&A with Expedition Manager, Zak Podmore. For more information: Email: sara.porterfield@colorado.edu Call: 503-970-6803

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Elliott West

Elliott West

The Center of the American West is proud to announce the 2013 Wallace Stegner Award Winner: Western American Historian and Author, Elliott West. “Elliott West is the best historian of the American West writing today.” – Richard White Each year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who…

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FrackingSENSE with Gov. John Hickenlooper

FrackingSENSE with Gov. John Hickenlooper

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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TINY: A Story About Living Small

TINY: A Story About Living Small

The makers of the film TINY: a story about living small, Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith, discuss the small house movement, good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from…

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FrackingSENSE with Reagan Waskom

FrackingSENSE with Reagan Waskom

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Charles Davis

FrackingSENSE with Charles Davis

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Kirby Wynn

FrackingSENSE with Kirby Wynn

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Nick Flores

FrackingSENSE with Nick Flores

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Jana Milford and Gabrielle Pétron

FrackingSENSE with Jana Milford and Gabrielle Pétron

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Bernie Goldstein

FrackingSENSE with Bernie Goldstein

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Dan Grossman

FrackingSENSE with Dan Grossman

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Susan Tierney

FrackingSENSE with Susan Tierney

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Joe Ryan

FrackingSENSE with Joe Ryan

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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FrackingSENSE with Patty Limerick

FrackingSENSE with Patty Limerick

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development. The Center of the American West, Boulder County, and the AirWaterGas Research Network invite you to a new lecture series. Beginning on February 26th, on Tuesday nights through May, a speaker with substantial expertise on natural gas…

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Ghost Dances

Ghost Dances

The Center of the American West is proud to present Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving up on the Great Plains, for a reading and book signing. There are places in America that have long held our collective imagination for their timeless beauty and mystery. The gifted young writer Josh Garrett-Davis takes a singular…

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Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Contest

Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Contest

Each year, thanks to the generosity and kind support of CU alumni Jeannie and Jack Thompson, the Center of the American West awards cash prizes to talented CU students writing on Western topics. Judges from a broad range of scholarship and specialties seek writing with vibrancy and appeal to a broad, informed audience. We hope…

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Watershed Film Screening

Watershed Film Screening

Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford, Watershed tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River…

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A Ditch in Time Book Discussion

A Ditch in Time Book Discussion

The Center of the American West is proud to announce a discussion about and book signing of A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, with the Center’s very own, Patty Limerick. Water holds an under-exploited capacity to show the connections tying together distant places and seemingly unrelated groups. This book traces the…

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Untitled

Artist Statement America is the land of opportunity, the land of liberty and independence. It is the land covered from border to border and shore to shore, in spacious skies, purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain. But there’s only one way to access this beauty, and that’s through public lands. Public lands allow…

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Untitled

Artist Statement The picture that I painted is of the Fountain Creek Nature Center. The Rocky Mountains are in the back, followed by a variety of plants, trees, and bushes, and then in the right corner, there is the Fountain Creek. The Nature Center and I have a special story. Every summer, I used to…

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Natural Spirits

Artist Statement When I was a little girl, my grandparents took me on adventurous vacations to see the stunning Indian rock art all around Colorado. While we searched for hidden rock art, my grandmother said I could only have an Indian name if I could live up to an Indian characteristic. I would almost always…

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Rings of Colorado

Artist Statement I’m a senior at Chatfield Sr. High. I’m hoping to go to CU Boulder next year to major in Architecture. Any type of art has always been a passion of mine, which is why I want to be an architect: It’s a way for me to share my art with everyone for generations…

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The Nation Possessed: Lunch & Special Address

The Nation Possessed: Lunch & Special Address

Lunch & Special Address: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar     Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior

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Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper came to the Black Rock Desert in 2001 as the first BLM Manager for the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and 10 associated wilderness areas. He led the effort to develop  the first award-winning collaborative Resource Management Plan for the 1.2 million acres of public lands…

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A Ditch In Time: Book Release

A Ditch In Time: Book Release

The Center of the American West is proud to announce the release of A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, written by the Center’s very own, Patty Limerick with Jason Hanson. Water holds an under-exploited capacity to show the connections tying together distant places and seemingly unrelated groups. This book traces the…

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Adam Cramer

After practicing environmental law in Washington, D.C. for a number of years, Adam Cramer started to use his legal skills to help kayakers and climbers with some of their conservation and access matters. Adam now leads Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of national, human powered outdoor recreation and conservation organizations including Access Fund, American Canoe Association,…

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Barbara A. Sutteer

Barbara Sutter’s career in the the federal government totals thirty-two years. Seventeen years of her career were in Alaska, where she worked on the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the Alaska National Interest Land Claims Act. Her tenures include ten years each in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal…

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The Nation Possessed: Welcome

The Nation Possessed: Welcome

            12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Welcome (Free & open to the public)       Bruce Benson University of Colorado President 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Presentation of Awards for the Statewide Art Contest and Showing of Student-Made Films (Free & open to the public) 1:30 pm – 2:15…

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The Nation Possessed: Roundtable Discussion, Part 2

The Nation Possessed: Roundtable Discussion, Part 2

  Round Table Discussion, Turning Hindsight into Foresight: The Past & Future of America’s Public Lands, Part 2: Next Steps How should policy makers think about the public lands in the future? What might be the terms of connecting the well-being of the public lands to the well-being of the nation?       Moderator:…

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The Nation Possessed: Roundtable Conversation, Part 1

The Nation Possessed: Roundtable Conversation, Part 1

Roundtable Conversation: Turning Hindsight into Foresight: The Past & Future of America’s Public Lands, Part 1 How should policy makers think about the public lands in the future? What might be the terms of connecting the well-being of the public lands to the well-being of the nation?       Moderator: Patty Limerick Chair of…

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The Nation Possessed: Reenactment/Preenactment Event

The Nation Possessed: Reenactment/Preenactment Event

(Free & open to the public)  The Public Domain and the Public Lands: 1812, 1912, 2112 Reenactment/Preenactment Event with Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and a Visitor from the Future Clay Jenkinson Humanities Scholar and Performer Bryce Townsend Actor

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The Nation Possessed: Session 6

The Nation Possessed: Session 6

  Session 6: Orchestrating Tradition and Change: Emphasizing Conservation in the BLM Conservation asks the people of the present to respect the interests of the people of the future. Asking citizens of a society that seems to be in a constant rush to think seriously about time and its passage will require creative and innovative…

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The Nation Possessed: Session 5

The Nation Possessed: Session 5

  Session 5: Respecting Posterity’s Property In the course of the last century, there have been several movements to privatize public lands or to return them to the states. What would be the costs and benefits of such a vast change in our current arrangements? Is the periodic rise of the movements for privatization of…

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The Nation Possessed: Session 4

The Nation Possessed: Session 4

  Session 4: Science vs. Emotion: Making Informed Decisions in the Midst of a Stampede Since the federal government’s sponsorship of the great explorations of the 19th century West, the role of science in public policy-making and implementation has occupied center-stage in the region’s development. This session will explore the experiences of land managers who…

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The Nation Possessed: Session 3

The Nation Possessed: Session 3

  Session 3: Reconciling the Treasures of Resources with the Treasures of Beauty and Biology: The BLM and the Art of American Energy The public lands bring the nation’s energy issues to a sharp focus. When we make decisions about the development of traditional and renewable energy on public lands (or of federally managed subsurface…

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The Nation Possessed: Interview Event

The Nation Possessed: Interview Event

  Interview Event: “Reflections of a former BLM Director” Bob Abbey Former Director of BLM Tim Egan Author & Writer for The New York Times

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The Nation Possessed: Session 2

The Nation Possessed: Session 2

  Session 2: Burning Man Meets Managing Man: The BLM and the Energy of American Art “Multiple use” has carried a wide range of meanings, but the example of the Burning Man Festival takes that wide range and widens it by several notches! The stories of the BLM’s response to the “management challenge” posed by…

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The Nation Possessed: Session 1

The Nation Possessed: Session 1

  Session 1: Clerks and Cowboys: The General Land Office and the Shaping of the United States When the public thinks of the history of the American West, images of trappers, prospectors, and cowboys rush to mind, but the land office clerks, along with the members of Congress who wrote the land laws, were far…

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Curt Brown

Curt Brown obtained his PhD in Social Psychology with an emphasis in decision analysis from the University of Colorado in 1981. He has held several positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, including work in dam safety risk analysis, design of early warning systems, public involvement and social analysis, environmental impact studies, and policy development in…

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Commissioner Michele (Mike) Bloom

Mike is Dean Emeritus of the Women’s College of the University of Denver. She is an educator with over 40 years of experience in higher education and K-12 public education. Mike has served on a number of Advisory Committees and Boards of Directors including the Mental Health Association of Colorado, Girls Count, Colorado Springs Public…

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Steve Allred

C. Stephen Allred was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management on September 30, 2006. Steve retired as the Director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on June 30, 2004, after a career which included over 40 years of public and corporate experience. He was appointed…

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Duane Zavadil

Duane Zavadil has served as Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Bill Barrett Corporation since February 2009. He served as Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs from January 2005 until February 2009. Since he joined the Company in July 2002 until January 2005, Zavadil served as Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager….

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Jim Caswell

James L. Caswell, a veteran public land manager, was the Director of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. The Senate confirmed Caswell by unanimous consent on August 3, 2007. He headed Idaho’s state Office of Species Conservation, which provided a policy focus for endangered species issues and coordinated state and federal efforts…

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Anna Triebel

Anna Triebel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012. Her senior thesis focused on the National Landscape Conservation System of the Bureau of Land Management. Anna was co-president of the Wilderness Study Group on campus and has volunteered with many other conservation-oriented groups in Boulder and Glenwood Springs, CO.

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Adrianne Kroepsch

Adrianne is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and program manager at the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center, where she studies the many intersections between Western energy and water resources.  Adrianne traces her interest in the so-called “energy-water nexus” back to her days as a journalist in Washington,…

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Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes is a Green Party County Commissioner in San Miguel County and a renowned poet in Norwood (where he lives) and across the Western Slope. Goodtimes was recently named the first Western Slope Poet Laureate. Goodtimes received this title at the First Annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale, created to honor the life…

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Lois Herbst

Lois Herbst’s experience includes Central Wyoming College’s public television community advisory board, the Central Wyoming College Foundation, Fremont County Farm Bureau President, Fremont County Cattlewomen President, the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Wyoming Beef Council, the Wyoming Business Alliance, and the Wyoming Heritage Foundation Steering Committee. She was…

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Dale Bosworth

Dale Bosworth, a second generation forester and Forest Service employee, was born in Altadena, California and raised on ranger station compounds. He received his B.S. in forestry from the University of Idaho in 1966 and began working for the agency on the St. Joe National Forest in Idaho. Just prior to becoming chief, Dale served…

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Bryce Townsend

Bryce Lee Townsend is a proud member of the Udall clan (the artistic side, not the side with the defective political gene) who spent a lot of great time with his grandfather, Stewart.  A born actor who never stopped, he went from family pageants to children’s theater, high school theater & on to a BFA…

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Clay Jenkinson

Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. His performances are always humorous, educational, thought-provoking, and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas. Jenkinson portrays Theodore…

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Emilyn Sheffield

Emilyn Sheffield is a Professor of Recreation and Parks Management at California State University, Chico in beautiful northern California. For more than 20 years she has worked with partners to connect people to the parks and protected places that enhance our lives. Her “trends work” helps local, state, and federal agencies and conservation organizations to…

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Bob Bennett

Robert Bennett, the son of Wallace Foster Bennett, is a US Senator from Utah.  He was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah in 1956.  He has served in the Utah National Guard, as a Congressional liaison for the US Department of Transportation, as the CEO of Franklin Quest, and…

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Luther Propst

Luther Propst founded and directs the Sonoran Institute, with offices in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; Bozeman, Montana; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming; Twentynine Palms, California; and Mexicali, Mexico. The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to inspire and enable community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of the West. The Institute…

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John Freemuth

Dr. John Freemuth teaches in the Boise State University Master of Public Administration Program and Political Science Department. Freemuth’s research and teaching emphasis is in natural resource and public land policy and administration. He is the author of an award-winning book, Islands under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats (University Of Kansas,…

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Mike Dombeck

One of the most renowned and respected contemporary conservationists, Mike Dombeck dedicated a quarter of a century to managing federal lands and natural resources in the long-term public interest. His leadership in the Bureau of Land Management and as former chief of the Forest Service impacted nearly 500 million acres. His legacy is one of…

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Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson, a 30-year career veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), became manager of the California-Nevada Operations Office (CNO) in 2002. In this post, he oversees FWS programs that administer the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as well as manages 46 national wildlife refuges and three national fish hatcheries…

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Bill Ritter

The sixth of 12 children, Bill Ritter, Jr. was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County, Colorado. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978), and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). From…

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Johanna Wald

Johanna Wald is a senior attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council and the Land Program Director. Her primary area of expertise is federal land and resource management, and she works on issues involving biological diversity, endangered species, and protection of natural values. In 1993, Johanna was named one of ten Pew Scholars in Conservation and…

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Will Roger Peterson

Will Roger Peterson started working in photography in 1970 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Prior to that, his education included a degree in analytical chemistry. He served almost 20 years at RIT, working variously as a photo chemist, administrator, associate professor, and assistant director. Always a student, Roger acquired subsequent degrees in both…

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Paul Sutter

Professor Sutter teaches modern U.S. history and environmental history at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002) and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010), and…

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Anne Hyde

Anne Hyde teaches the history of Native America and of North America in general at Colorado College.  She arrived there in 1991 and has served as Chair of Race and Ethnic Studies and as Director of the Partnership for Civic Engagement and the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies. She received her A.B. degree in American…

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Bruce Benson

Bruce D. Benson became president of the University of Colorado in March 2008. Since taking the helm of his alma mater, Benson has enhanced CU’s standing as one of the nation’s leading teaching and research universities, advancing the economy, health, and culture of Colorado and beyond. During Benson’s tenure, CU’s research funding has reached record…

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Lynn Scarlett

A leading thinker on environmental issues for over three decades, Lynn Scarlett has held influential positions both inside and outside of government. She is currently a senior Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC. Scarlett was recently appointed co-director of RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth (CMEW). She is…

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Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar, a fifth-generation Coloradan, was confirmed as the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on Jan. 20, 2009 in a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate. Prior to his confirmation, Salazar served as Colorado’s 35th U.S. Senator, winning election in November 2004 and serving on the Finance Committee, which oversees the…

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Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. His career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in a stride toward freedom….

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Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan worked for 18 years as a writer for The New York Times, first as the Pacific Northwest correspondent, then as a national enterprise reporter. In 2006, Mr. Egan won the National Book Award, considered the nation’s highest literary honor, for his history of people who lived through the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard…

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Bob Abbey

Robert Abbey was confirmed as Director of the Bureau of Land Management on August 7, 2009.  Abbey served for more than 32 years in public service, working with state and federal land management agencies before retiring from the federal government in July 2005. He served eight years as the Nevada State Director for the U….

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Great Colorado Bear Stories

Great Colorado Bear Stories

Coming Out of Hibernation: Bears, Their Stories, and You Are you coming out of hibernation? Ready for spring? So, too, are the bears in our environs. And really, how much do you know about the bears that occupy our state? Laura Pritchett, author of the new book Great Colorado Bear Stories, and Jeff Mitton, University…

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Thompson Awards for Western American Writing

Thompson Awards for Western American Writing

Each year, thanks to the generosity and kind support of CU alumni Jeannie and Jack Thompson, the Center of the American West awards cash prizes to talented CU students writing on Western topics. Judges from a broad range of scholarship and specialties seek writing with vibrancy and appeal to a broad, informed audience. We hope…

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Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

The Center of the American West is proud to present Kent Haruf with its highest honor, the Stegner Award, on April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom of the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. A self-proclaimed “ministry brat,” Kent Haruf grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels…

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Bunky Echo-Hawk

Bunky Echo-Hawk

The Center of the American West invites you to a special Modern Indian Identity Event featuring multi-talented artist, activist, and public speaker, Bunky Echo-Hawk. Historically, many tribes would spend the winter months recounting the year’s hunting and battle exploits. A tribal artist would facilitate the group’s stories, interpreting multiple perspectives of an incident, and applying…

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John Stocke

John Stocke

Native American Skies Join Dr. John Stocke at 7:00pm Wednesday evening September 14th for an “Arts and Culture Week” presentation of “Native American Skies”, the view of the sky as seen by the people of three Western US tribes. Dr. Stocke, a CU-Boulder professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, will use the multi-media capabilities of…

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Words to Stir the Soul: A Tribute to the Work of Reg Saner

Words to Stir the Soul: A Tribute to the Work of Reg Saner

The Words to Stir the Soul events spotlight some of the region’s best writing by providing a unique opportunity for both readers and attendees to deepen their appreciation of the region in which we live. This year, the Center of the American West will feature the work of Boulder-based poet and essayist, Reg Saner.  His…

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Dan Wildcat

Dan Wildcat

“Indigenuity: Exercising Indigenous Ingenuity in the Age of Cybernations” The Center is pleased to announce Dan Wildcat as the ninth guest in the Modern Indian Identity series. Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education….

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Muffy’s War

Muffy’s War

You are invited to a memorable evening with Muffy Marshall Muffy Marshall is the 87-year-old daughter of Mayor General Richard J. Marshall, MacArthur’s Chief of Staff throughout World War II. She grew up on Corregidor Island, dated the officers who would end up on the Bataan Death March, then spent the war in Chicago as…

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Ted Conover Investigates the Origins of ‘Evil Companions’

Sometimes we journalists have to go into some pretty harrowing situations to investigate our stories. Take Ted Conover, who has become a train-hopping hobo, served a stint as a prison guard at Sing Sing, trekked with Mexican migrants, hung out with icky shallow Aspen people, and traversed some of the world’s most dangerous roads. My…

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John McPhee

John McPhee

The Center of the American West is proud to award John McPhee its highest honor, the Stegner Award, on October 27th at 7:00 in the evening in Old Main Chapel on the CU campus. 2011 marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of John McPhee’s extraordinary work, Encounters with the Archdruid. Patty Limerick has long…

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John Stocke

John Stocke

Thank you to everyone who came out for “Native American Skies.” Because of the event’s overwhelming popularity, Astronomy Professor John Stocke will be presenting again for anyone who missed the show. “Native American Star Lore” Hosted by Fiske Planetarium Doors to the building open at 6:30 p.m. Doors to the theater open at 6:45 p.m….

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John Stocke

John Stocke

John Stocke, Astronomy Professor in the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, and board member of the Center of the American West, will present “Native American Skies” at the Fiske Planetarium on the CU campus at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. This multimedia show will feature the traditional star knowledge…

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Words to Stir the Soul and Reckon with Reality

Words to Stir the Soul and Reckon with Reality

UPDATE: Colorado Public Radio aired an hour-long edited version of our event, Words to Stir the Soul and Reckon with Reality, on April 10 and April 11, 2011: You can listen online at CPR’s website. The Center of the American West was honored to host Words to Stir the Soul and Reckon with Reality: The…

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Writing Awards Deadline

Writing Awards Deadline

The contest is open to ALL degree-seeking CU-Boulder students. For official rules, click here.

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Charles Wilkinson

Charles Wilkinson

Charles Wilkinson is Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School. He is also the co-founder of the Center of the American West. In his remarkable new book, The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon, Wilkinson brings to life the history of the…

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Words to Stir the Soul

Words to Stir the Soul

The program “Words to Stir the Soul” is our fall “kick-off” event, spotlighting some of the region’s best writing and providing a unique opportunity for both readers and attendees to deepen their appreciation of the region in which we live. Of all the people who feel connected to and committed to Western places, individuals who…

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Words to Stir the Soul

Words to Stir the Soul

Susan Deans, Vice President and Editor of the Daily Camera Reading from Robert L. Perkin, The First 100 Years: An Informal History of Denver and the Rocky Mountain News (Doubleday, 1959). ASIN: B00007E6NGO Justin Dombrowski, Boulder Wildland Fire Management Coordinator Reading from Gary Snyder, “Axe Handles” from Axe Handles: Poems (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005). ISBN:…

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Secretary Bruce Babbitt

Secretary Bruce Babbitt

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt will visit the University of Colorado at Boulder Sept. 23 to speak about his new book, Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use in America. Babbitt’s appearance was sponsored by CU-Boulder’s Center of the American West, Natural Resources Law Center, and…

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Reflecting on the First Decade of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Reflecting on the First Decade of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The first nine years of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah was discussed with monument manager Dave Hunsaker in a public event at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Sept. 28. Hunsaker’s talk was followed by a conversation with CU-Boulder history and environmental studies Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick and Distinguished Professor Charles Wilkinson…

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Talk with Louis Warren, Author of Buffalo Bill’s America

Talk with Louis Warren, Author of Buffalo Bill’s America

Louis Warren explores the life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the most famous American in the world in the late nineteenth century. Along the way, we learn the sources of his legend, and how his purposeful (and fantastically popular) entangling of history and myth illuminate for us the politics and culture of the United…

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Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams will be honored by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center of the American West on Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Center will present Williams with its highest recognition, the Wallace Stegner Award. The free public event will be in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. Williams…

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Comeback Wolves

Comeback Wolves

A new anthology about reintroducing wolves in Colorado and the Southwest was discussed by a panel of three writers, including Pam Houston, on Monday, Nov. 21, at a University of Colorado at Boulder event. The speakers discussed the book Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. A…

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The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

Personal stories and eyewitness accounts of the 1930s’ Dust Bowl disaster on the high plains were part of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan’s public discussion January 9, 2006, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Egan discussed his new book, The Worst Hard Time, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. The event was…

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Secretary Don Hodel

Secretary Don Hodel

Donald Hodel, who held two cabinet posts during the Reagan administration, including Secretary of the Interior, will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder on January 19, 2006. Hodel will speak at 6:00 p.m. in the Eaton Humanities Building, room 150, in a conversation with CU-Boulder Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Patricia Limerick,…

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The Legacy of Conquest

The Legacy of Conquest

To celebrate the re-release of her landmark 1987 book, The Legacy of Conquest, University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick joined with Stanford University historian Richard White in a special public conversation on Feb. 4. The two well-known and influential historians of the American West spoke in the Marriott Hotel’s Montrachet Room, 2660…

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Elliott West

Elliott West

Elliott West, an award-winning author and Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, gave a public talk at the University of Colorado at Boulder on February 20, 2006. West spoke about the reaction to his best-known book, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers and the Rush to Colorado. The 1988 book won numerous awards…

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David Wrobel: Partnerships for the Future Built on the Past

David Wrobel: Partnerships for the Future Built on the Past

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center of the American West will present a talk by author and historian David Wrobel on March 22, 2006, addressing how K-12 teachers and college professors can collaborate – and have collaborated – in the teaching of history. The talk, “Partnerships for the Future Built on the Past: How…

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Secretaries Watt and Udall

Secretaries Watt and Udall

Two prominent former Secretaries of the Interior, Stewart Udall and James Watt, will meet in a public event for the first time April 20 to discuss land management issues with University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Patricia Limerick. The public conversation will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom…

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Jubilate!

Jubilate!

The Jubilate! Sacred Singers of Boulder performed works celebrating nature and the American West by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, William Billings, Bob Nolan, William Dawson, and others at Chautauqua Auditorium. Dr. George Russell, a Boulder dermatologist, also performed poetry by Robert Frost and E. E. Cummings. “We are very pleased to…

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Willett Kempton: Preventing Climate Catastrophe

Willett Kempton: Preventing Climate Catastrophe

Noted energy expert Dr. Willett Kempton gave a talk on Monday, May 15, entitled “Preventing Climate Catastrophe: How Soon, How Much, and How to Cut CO2?” at the Chautauqua Community House. Dr. Kempton is Senior Policy Scientist at the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and Assistant Professor in the University’s School…

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson, former Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior, lectured on “Current Administration Energy Policies” at Chautauqua Park in Boulder on Monday, May 22. While at the Department of the Interior, Watson was involved in setting policy and providing oversight to the Bureau of Land Management, Minerals…

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Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant

Peace Chiefs at Work: Stories About Remarkable American Indian Leadership in This Generation Twenty-first-century Indian people face a particular and peculiar dilemma with history and time. Novelists and filmmakers have had extraordinary success in romanticizing the Western past, and one result is this: in the minds of many non-Indians, the only “real Indians” are nineteenth-century…

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Greg Franta

Greg Franta

The Center’s next event, part of its summer lecture series on energy, will feature Greg Franta, principal architect and team leader of the Rocky Mountain Institute/ENSAR Built Environment Team. Franta will speak on “Green Building Practices” in the Chautauqua Community House. He will present slides from around the world illustrating strategies for sustainability in site…

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Harry Lewis Presents “Excellence Without a Soul”

Harry Lewis Presents “Excellence Without a Soul”

Harry R. Lewis, a Harvard Professor and former Dean of Harvard College, offers his provocative analysis of how America’s great universities are failing students and the nation. America’s great research universities are the envy of the world – and none more so than Harvard. Never before has the competition for excellence been fiercer. But while…

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Tonight! Buffalo Bill!

Tonight! Buffalo Bill!

Two-time Grammy and two-time Emmy nominee Bill Mooney of Boulder performed an original one-man show as famed frontier showman William F. Cody in “Tonight! Buffalo Bill!” Aug. 14 at Chautauqua Auditorium. The show was written by Mooney especially for the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Of all the…

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Words to Stir the Soul

Words to Stir the Soul

The CU-Boulder Center of the American West celebrated the rich literary heritage of the region Sept. 5 with its 10th annual “Words to Stir the Soul: Readings from the American West” at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. The popular program featured about a dozen well-known community members and CU-Boulder faculty who read selections from…

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Celebration of the Centennial of the Antiquities Act

Celebration of the Centennial of the Antiquities Act

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt celebrated the centennial of the Antiquities Act – used by U.S. Presidents to declare national monuments and thereby protect millions of acres of land – in a talk at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Oct. 9. Babbitt spoke at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Wolf Law…

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Center of the American West’s 20th Anniversary Gala Ball

Center of the American West’s 20th Anniversary Gala Ball

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John Echohawk and Billy Frank, Jr.

John Echohawk and Billy Frank, Jr.

Native American activists John Echohawk and Billy Frank, Jr., were honored by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center of the American West on Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Glenn Miller Ballroom. The Center presents the Wallace Stegner Award, its highest recognition, to individuals who have made a sustained contribution to the cultural…

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Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx presented the Center of the American West’s Distinguished Lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The event was free and open to the public. A reception and book signing followed the lecture. The CU-Boulder Center of the American…

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The Randy Jones Lecture Series with Richard West Sellars

The Randy Jones Lecture Series with Richard West Sellars

Richard Sellars of Santa Fe, N.M., will speak on “Past Perfect? Historic Preservation in the National Park System” at 4:00 p.m. in the Wolf Law Building, room 207. The inaugural event in the Randy Jones Memorial Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the CU-Boulder Center of the…

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Phil Deloria

Phil Deloria

University of Michigan Professor Phil Deloria will lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 16 as part of a Center of the American West series aimed at improving understanding between Indians and non-Indians. The talk, “Crossing the (Indian) Color Line: A Family Memoir,” is part of the Modern Indian Identity lecture series and…

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New Geographies of the American West Book Release

New Geographies of the American West Book Release

The changing patterns of land use in the American West and problems of land use planning and growth management are the subject of a talk by University of Colorado at Boulder geographer William Travis on April 26. Travis, author of the newly released New Geographies of the American West: Land Use and Changing Patterns of…

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Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig

The Center was proud to present internationally-acclaimed author Ivan Doig with the 2007 Wallace Stegner Award. Mr. Doig spent the evening in conversation with Center of the American West founders Patty Limerick and Charles Wilkinson. Doig grounds his poetic prose in the landscape of the American West, mining it for universal truths in such books…

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Eva Marie Garroutte

Eva Marie Garroutte

My Father’s Stories: Remembering Oklahoma The Center presents Dr. Eva Marie Garroutte in this fall’s Modern Indian Identity lecture. Professor Garroutte is the author of Real Indians: Identity, Community, and the Survival of Native America. In this talk, Professor Garroutte blends her father’s stories of growing up in the Cherokee Nation of the 1930s with…

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Words to Stir the Soul

Words to Stir the Soul

This year, the Center honored the tireless, and oftentimes thankless, exertions of Colorado’s public servants. With Mayor John Hickenlooper as our host, we celebrated the dedicated spirit that drew these exceptional individuals into their challenging line of work. Participants read passages from Western literature that have inspired, thrilled, educated, and enlightened them. Readers included: Senator…

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Living Beyond Lament

Living Beyond Lament

George Catlin was a self-taught artist who dedicated himself to painting Indians and their culture. Professor John Hausdoerffer discussed the impact these paintings have had on Indians and the popular conception of them. John Hausdoerffer is Director of Environmental Studies and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at Western State College in Gunnison, CO.

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National Sacrifice Zone: Colorado and the Cost of Energy Independence

National Sacrifice Zone: Colorado and the Cost of Energy Independence

This film screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Patty Limerick. The respectful and positive exchange reflected on the current opportunities and challenges surrounding energy development in the West. Panel Participants: Joe Brown, Director and Producer Joe Brown is a librarian, activist filmmaker, and aspiring journalist. He studied Philosophy and History at CU-Boulder…

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Robert Mirabal

Robert Mirabal

An Evening with Robert Mirabal This was a very special evening with Grammy Award-winner Robert Mirabal. As a composer, songwriter, and musician, Mirabal has won many honors, including two-time Native American Artist of the Year, three-time Songwriter of the Year, and a 2006 Grammy Award for “Sacred Ground” – Best Native American Album of the…

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Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

The Center of the American West, in conjunction with the University of Colorado Law School, was proud to present one of the most influential, and interesting, Westerners of our time, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, with the 2008 Wallace Stegner Award. Justice O’Connor was the first female Supreme Court Justice and her time on the bench…

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An American Faust

An American Faust

Patty Limerick, Ph.D., award-winning historian and Chair of the Board at the Center of the American West, University of Colorado, interviewed J. Robert Oppenheimer as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson, award-winning humanities scholar and author. The first atomic device was detonated more than 60 years ago, but the aftershocks can still be felt today. During…

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker

“Why I did what I did”: Sharing the American Indian Story in our National Parks The Center welcomed Superintendent Gerard Baker, the highest-ranking Native American in the National Park Service, to both the University of Colorado and to Rocky Mountain National Park. Superintendent Baker delivered a lecture as part of our Modern Indian Identity series…

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Western Literature Week

Western Literature Week

The Western Literature Association and the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West hosted a celebration of contemporary Western writing in conjunction with the Western Literature Association’s 43rd Annual Conference. The week-long event provided the CU-Boulder community with a rich and varied program of free public readings and presentations by prominent Western authors. Featured…

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Words to Stir the Soul

Words to Stir the Soul

On the heels of one of the longest presidential campaigns in history, one that has turned up the heat on the topic of immigration, the Center shifted the focus back from positions to people. This special evening celebrated the literature of immigration, rather than the policies of immigration. A large crowd listened as community members,…

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Public Lands – Private Ceremonies

Public Lands – Private Ceremonies

This evening highlighted the issues that arise when traditional and cultural land use issues come into conflict with non-religious and oftentimes profit-motivated uses of the land. The program was presented by the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Boulder County Bar Association, together with the Center of the American West, in cooperation with…

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What Most Analysts Tell You About Renewable Energy is Wrong

What Most Analysts Tell You About Renewable Energy is Wrong

Willett Kempton is Associate Professor in the College of Marine and Earth Studies, and Director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, at the University of Delaware. His training is in cognitive anthropology, electrical engineering, and computer science. He has 30 years experience with social and technical energy analysis, including energy conservation, renewable energy, and…

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Tom McGuane

Tom McGuane

The Center of the American West presented Western author Tom McGuane with the prestigious 2009 Wallace Stegner Award in an engaging evening. Each year, the Center celebrates the life and achievements of an individual that has made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore, or an understanding…

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Amy Irvine

Amy Irvine

Amy Irvine is a nationally-ranked competitive rock climber and for five years was the Development Director at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Her book, Trespass, is the story of one woman’s struggle to gain footing in inhospitable territory. A wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, Amy Irvine sought respite in the desert outback of southern Utah’s…

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David Treuer

David Treuer

The Center was proud to welcome David Treuer as the sixth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. This series features contemporary Indian speakers telling their stories in ways that shatter misconceptions on what it means to be a “real Indian.” Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is…

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Sesquicentennial Celebration Panel Discussion

Sesquicentennial Celebration Panel Discussion

This panel discussion was presented by the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, the CU Center of the American West, and the Boulder History Museum. To call the past 50 years of Boulder’s history tumultuous is an understatement. Boulder’s transformation over that time – from a community bent on a path of rapid growth and development in…

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Stephen Pyne

Stephen Pyne

One of the foremost experts on the environmental history of fire, Stephen Pyne discussed fire in America, addressing the issues that it raises about the interface of wild lands and urban development. Noted for his highly entertaining and accessible approach to academic topics, Pyne is currently a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, has received…

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Jim Enote

Jim Enote

Zuni farmer, museum director, and interrupted artist Jim Enote spoke at the University of Colorado at Boulder September 17 as part of the Center of the American West’s Modern Indian Identity series. The talk, “Stranger than Paradise: Is There a Medicine Man in the House?” examined the paradoxes present in living on Indian reservations. The…

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Sesquicentennial Celebration Panel Discussion

Sesquicentennial Celebration Panel Discussion

Boulder can boast of being placed on many “Best of…” lists: most educated cities, best cities for bicycling, best healthy places to retire, greenest cities, top art destination, and so forth. Comparisons to other innovative cities along these lines are natural and create a set of kindred cities, from whom we may have been “separated…

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Former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Bob Barbee

Former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Bob Barbee

Retired Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Bob Barbee spoke as part of the third Randy Jones Memorial Lecture, jointly sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West and the National Park Service. The talk was free and open to the public. Barbee served a long and distinguished career with the National Park System…

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Remedies for a New West Book Release

Remedies for a New West Book Release

The Center celebrated the release of its newest book, Remedies for a New West: Healing Landscapes, Histories, and Cultures. Published by the University of Arizona Press, this exciting new collaborative volume, coedited by Patty Limerick, Andrew Cowell, and Sharon Collinge, offers a kaleidoscope of viewpoints from engineers, biologists, linguists, musicians, lawyers, and others – on…

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Conversations With History: Thomas Jefferson

Conversations With History: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, an avid inventor, and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt will be played by actor Clay Jenkinson. Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and…

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Conversations With History: Theodore Roosevelt

Conversations With History: Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was the twenty-sixth President of the United States and is remembered for his leadership of the Progressive Movement as well as his “cowboy” image. Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by actor Clay Jenkinson. Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities…

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An Entirely Synthetic Fish Book Release

An Entirely Synthetic Fish Book Release

CU-Boulder Professor, award-winning journalist, and aquatic ecologist Anders Halverson celebrated the release of his newest book, An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World, with the Center of the American West on March 4, 2010. This exhaustively-researched and gripping account follows the discovery and propagation of the most commonly stocked…

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NLCS

NLCS

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System – an extraordinary, but under-recognized, collection of treasured public lands – is celebrating its tenth birthday with a signature event at the University of Colorado at Boulder. These uplifting landscapes, often home to rich and intricate ecosystems, have been designated for special care by the NLCS…

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Lover’s Guide to the West

Lover’s Guide to the West

Following up on the success of the Center of the American West report, What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy Efficiency and Conservation, this film emphasizes the sexiness of our nation’s relationship with fossil fuels and explores how that relationship is evolving into a more mature and lasting union with alternative forms of energy. The…

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Ted Turner

Ted Turner

Patty Limerick interviewed the 2010 Stegner Award recipient, Ted Turner, for a morning of engaging discussion. Each year, the Center celebrates the life and achievements of an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore, or an understanding of the West. Throughout his career,…

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Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk

“In the Courts of the Conqueror: A Native American Experience” We are pleased to announce Walter Echo-Hawk, a lawyer, tribal judge, scholar, and activist, as the eighth guest in our Modern Indian Identity series. With legal experience including cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial/repatriation rights, Echo-Hawk worked…

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Shaking the Family Tree Book Release

Shaking the Family Tree Book Release

Join us as Center of the American West affiliate and local historian, Buzzy Jackson, releases her newest book, Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. “Who are you and where do you come from?” As a historian, Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions…

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