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Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

Phil Deloria is a social, cultural and political historian of the relations among American Indian peoples and the United States. Author of Playing Indian, and Indians in Unexpected Places. “Creativity seems to me to require the purposeful, intentional creation of conditions under which you can pose problems, and feel some uncertain confidence that the universe,…

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Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!

Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!

“Working together, Fred and I were able to pass one of the most important pieces of health care legislation in decades. If there’s one thing the two of us understand, it’s that to get anything done in Washington, you have to be willing to put aside your political differences and work across the aisle to…

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Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!

Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!

On April 15th, University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy and University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, who both served in the U.S. House of Representatives together, joined us for a public conversation. Kennedy was a Republican from Minnesota and Meehan was a Democrat from Massachusetts who worked across the aisle on a range of issues, and in…

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Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, historian, and author of Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto. Co-creator of the Our Malibu Beaches mobile-phone app. “When I finished graduate school in 1998 and moved to L.A. to pursue a nonfiction writing career, I planned to write one 250-page book after another. I just finished…

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Promised Land, Hallowed Ground: Commemorative Justice and Making Change in Community Heritage Preservation in Southern California, Pt 1

Promised Land, Hallowed Ground: Commemorative Justice and Making Change in Community Heritage Preservation in Southern California, Pt 1

Join Patty Limerick, and the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles and Scholar in Residence and Center of the American West Applied History Fellow, Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C. | Ph.D. for a symposium with invited guest speakers to discuss and respond to the context of American history and culture in relation to Belmar History + Art, a public history…

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Thompson Awards for Western American Writing – and Video Entry Deadline!

Thompson Awards for Western American Writing – and Video Entry Deadline!

22nd ANNUAL Thompson Awards for Western American Writing – and Video! Eleven $500 prizes will be awarded to CU Boulder students in the Spring of 2021 – one of those winners could be you!   SPECIAL VIDEO CATEGORY: “2020 Through My Lens” This category is not limited to Western topics, and instead is open to…

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What It Means to Disagree: Part II

What It Means to Disagree: Part II

Back on November 20, when Patty Limerick, director of the Center of American West, and Jennifer Ho, director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts, held their first Zoom public program to discuss  the divisiveness splintering US society, neither of them said, “Get braced. It’s going to get worse.” Unable to predict the future,…

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Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft

B. Erin Cole is a historian, museum professional and cartoonist. Currently turning some of her research on zoning, race and sexuality into a longform comic for public audiences. Author of the comics, I Am A HistorianI Make Exhibits and Am I Still a Historian? Historians Imagine is a monthly webinar devoted to this dimension of the…

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Memories of Service/Visions for the Future

Memories of Service/Visions for the Future

On March 5, as part of the Memories of Service/Visions for the Future:CU’s Student Veterans as Key Figures in Sustaining the Mission of Higher Education series Limerick interviewed CU student veterans Zach Guiliano & Bob Draughon. Zach, a former Army Sergeant is majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Political Science, and also pursuing a…

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Memories of Service/Visions for the Future

Memories of Service/Visions for the Future

On February 26, the Center launched a new series, Memories of Service/Visions for the Future:CU’s Student Veterans as Key Figures in Sustaining the Mission of Higher Education in which Limerick interviewed CU student veterans Nisa Jovel & Reed Robins. Nisa, former Aviation Operations Specialist within a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron and one of the…

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The Roots of Today’s Racial Exclusion in Boulder County & The Road Ahead

On February 25, 2021, Boulder law firm Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC (“HBC”) will host the first of a series of four community panel discussions entitled “The Roots of Today’s Racial Exclusion in Boulder County and the Road Ahead.” The series of panel discussions is part of a larger set of racial equity initiatives begun…

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Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft with Ari Kelman, UC Davis

Historians Imagine: Celebrating Creativity in the Craft with Ari Kelman, UC Davis

  Ari Kelman is a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, and Native American history. Author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War andA Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek. Historians Imagine is a monthly webinar devoted to this dimension of the craft. Patty…

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Keeping Our Bearings in Unsteady Times: A Congenial Conversation between Dick Wadhams and Patty Limerick

Keeping Our Bearings in Unsteady Times: A Congenial Conversation between Dick Wadhams and Patty Limerick

An Experienced Practitioner in the World of Conservative Politics, and an Armchair Quarterback with a Muddled Political Identity Lunch with Limerick is a one-hour virtual lunch-time series where Patty Limerick interviews a range of guests on current issues and a variety of topics relevant to the West and beyond.   “Politics has always been a…

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What It Means to Disagree, Admit a Degree of Uncertainty, and Maintain a Robust Friendship: A Dialogue

What It Means to Disagree, Admit a Degree of Uncertainty, and Maintain a Robust Friendship: A Dialogue

Patty Limerick, director of the Center of the American West, and Jennifer Ho, director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts, talked about what it means to disagree. The partisan politics and extreme divisiveness of our current society have made many of us wary about entering into provocative subjects. How do we maintain unity…

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The Party of Practicality: An Innovative and Pragmatic Conversation on Immigration, Part II

The Party of Practicality: An Innovative and Pragmatic Conversation on Immigration, Part II

Download PDF The Center of the American West teamed up with the CU Latinx Law Students to orchestrate a virtual event, that brought two noted scholars of immigration into a consequential conversation. The goal was ambitious: to lay out terms that will position these knowledgeable scholars as allies and teammates of a dedicated public servant…

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The Party of Practicality: An Innovative and Pragmatic Conversation on Immigration, Part I

The Party of Practicality: An Innovative and Pragmatic Conversation on Immigration,  Part I

The Center of the American West teamed up with the CU Latinx Law Students and orchestrated a virtual event, that brought two noted scholars of immigration into a consequential conversation with Congressman Joe Neguse, representing Colorado’s Second District. The goal was ambitious: to lay out terms that would position these knowledgeable scholars as allies and teammates…

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Lunch with Limerick – The Post Office’s Central Role in American Life: An Advocate for 21st Century Voting by Mail and a Historian of the 19th Century U. S. Post Get Acquainted

Lunch with Limerick – The Post Office’s Central Role in American Life:  An Advocate for 21st Century Voting by Mail and a Historian of the 19th Century U. S. Post Get Acquainted

Lunch with Limerick is a one-hour virtual lunch-time series where Patty Limerick interviews a range of guests on current issues and a variety of topics relevant to the West and beyond. For decades, the Postal Service held the contradictory roles of the most taken-for-granted federal agency and the federal agency with the most consistent impact…

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Lunch with Limerick – Getting Sick and Getting Well: How Americans Have Understood Disease and Health

Lunch with Limerick –  Getting Sick and Getting Well: How Americans Have Understood Disease and Health

Lunch with Limerick is a one-hour virtual lunch-time series where Patty Limerick interviews a range of guests on current issues and a variety of topics relevant to the West and beyond.   In 2020, only a pathologically cheerful individual could say that the United States is a nation in a state of health. Between the…

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Lunch with Limerick – “Bipartisanship Happens”: How Western Governors Set an Example for the Nation’s Leaders

Lunch with Limerick – “Bipartisanship Happens”:  How Western Governors Set an Example for the Nation’s Leaders

Lunch with Limerick is a one-hour virtual lunch-time series where Patty Limerick interviews a range of guests on current issues and a variety of topics relevant to the West and beyond.   In 2020, reasons for gloom over the state of American governance are in over-supply. People looking for a remedy for that despair may wonder…

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Lunch with Limerick – Rescuing a Nation: Advice from a “Turnaround Artist”

Lunch with Limerick – Rescuing a Nation: Advice from a “Turnaround Artist”

Lunch with Limerick is a one-hour virtual lunch-time series where Patty Limerick interviews a range of guests on current issues and a variety of topics relevant to the West and beyond.   In a conversation with Center Faculty Director Patty Limerick, business turnaround artist Gus Halas offered stories and insights drawn from the years he has…

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Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This four-day virtual symposium, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and…

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Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This four-day virtual symposium, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and…

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Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This four-day virtual symposium, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and…

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Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

Water and Energy in Colorado: Emulsifying Two Great Challenges in Four Parts

The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This four-day virtual symposium, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and…

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POSTPONED – Water and Energy in Colorado’s Future: A Symposium

The Colorado Scientific Society in collaboration with the Center of the American West, is planning a one day symposium focused on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. This symposium will bring together representatives from water providers and the energy industry to highlight these issues for our community….

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POSTPONED – An Evening with Calvin Trillin

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Acclaimed for his work in nearly every literary genre known to humanity, Calvin Trillin has been characterized as “perhaps the finest reporter in America.” For more than fifty years, he has contributed informative and insightful works of journalism to The New Yorker, while his books chronicling his adventures as a…

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POSTPONED – Bipartisanship (and Friendship) happen: An evening with former Republican State Senator, Norma Anderson and former Democratic State Senator, Dorothy Rupert

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE With distinguished careers in the Colorado State House and the Colorado State Senate, Dorothy Rupert and Norma Anderson set the bar high for dedicated public service, with more than thirty years of combined service in the legislature. When in office, they joined together to pursue solutions for…

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Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Deadline

Regardless of whether you call the West your home or you are just passing through, as a student at CU Boulder you live, breathe, eat, drink, and sleep “West.” Take this opportunity to transform your unique perspective on this region into cash! Search your hard drive for poems, stories, and papers you have written on…

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CANCELED – Walter Echo-Hawk Book Release, The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland

UPDATE – We are canceling the Walter Echo-Hawk Book Release – The Sea of Grass on March 12, 2020 at 6:30pm due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will plan to reschedule the event for the FALL of 2020. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation….

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Americaville screening with Adam Smith

This event is hosted by the Center for Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Center of the American West. Free and Open to the Public “Americaville,” directed by Adam James Smith, is a feature documentary film on challenges of the American Dream in China’s replica Wild West. Residents of Beijing escape an increasingly uninhabitable city…

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Why are we stuck on dealing with climate change and how do we get ‘unstuck’?

Moderated by the Faculty Director of the Center of the American West, Patty Limerick, this panel will feature speakers with backgrounds in politics, energy, advocacy, and psychology including: The Principal of Adamantine Energy and former head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Tisha Schuller, The former Republican Congresswoman who pioneered the Global Warming Prevention…

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Shoebox Stories Live: UndocuAmerica Series

Tickets available HERE Shoebox Stories is a story-holding project where you stand in another person’s shoes by reading aloud their story, saying their words, and holding, for a moment, the weight that they carry. Motus Theater will celebrate and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for equality and civil rights this year by asking…

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Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen! An evening with Congressman Bob Beauprez and Senator Mark Udall

A public conversation between former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez and former Democratic Congressman and Senator Mark Udall. The evening will begin with a discussion of their sturdy and long-lasting friendship, and then move to a wide-ranging conversation about issues on which they agree, disagree, and half-agree! The Center of the American West’s Faculty Direct or…

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Rescuing the West and the Nation: How Thinking Like a Historian Can Save Us From Ourselves

Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. Professor Miller is the first speaker in a series featuring established scholars who are also accomplished practitioners of Applied History. This event is part of a Mellon funded program in Applied History entitled “Weekends with the…

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Immigrant Workers, Roads, and Nation Building: Legacies of the Transcontinental Railroad on its 150th Anniversary

The year 2019 is the sesquicentennial of the completion of the United States first transcontinental railroad. The history of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads abounds in instructive and compelling case studies very much worth contemplating in our times. This event will feature a presentation by Stanford Professor Gordon Chang, author of the…

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Redemption and Reconciliation: The West in Words and Images

A public conversation with the accomplished Western landscape photographer Peter Goin, exploring his bravery and enterprise in taking on topics ranging from the West’s nuclear landscapes to the legacy of abandoned mines. Drawing on the long-running Goin/Limerick friendship (in essence, an alliance between a visual-arts innovator and a written-word dinosaur), this event will elicit congenial,…

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Special Stegner Award & Humor Initiative event with Sheriff Dave Ward

The Center of the American West is proud to present a special Stegner Award & Humor Initiative event honoring Sheriff Dave Ward. Sheriff Ward did everything imaginable to hold his community together during the 2016 Bundy-led armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. He is also one of the West’s…

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A Commemoration honoring the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of Vine Deloria, Jr.’s, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

Did you miss this event? Watch it on our YouTube page now!   Presented by the University of Colorado Law School, the Center of the American West, and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies. Join us for a tribute to Vine Deloria, Jr.’s enormously influential book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian…

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Second Annual Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Lecture Featuring Professor Quintard Taylor

From the Pages of BlackPast.org: Six African American Women You have Never Heard of Who Changed the West (and the World) In this lecture, Professor Taylor will examine six little-known black women whose experiences help challenge and redefine the basic narrative of the black historical experience. He will explore how BlackPast.org changes the narrative of…

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Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Contest Deadline

Win $500! Calling all CU Boulder graduate and undergraduate students! We are pleased to announce that the Twentieth Annual Thompson Awards for Western American Writing Contest is open for entries. Entry Deadline: March 19th, 2019 at 11:59pm. Regardless of whether you call the West your home or you are just passing through, as a student…

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H.W. Brands – The West & The Growing Pains of Democracy

The Center of the American West and National History Day in Colorado are proud to present noted historian and author, H. W. Brands for his talk: The West & The Growing Pains of Democracy. The early exploration and settlement of the trans-Mississippi West coincided with the birth of American democracy. The West became an arena…

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Josh Kun

The American Music Research Center and the Center of the American West are proud to present a public talk with Professor Josh Kun. Josh uses the DJ method of crossfading to explore and animate historic sheet music, vinyl LPs, and restaurant menus as tools in addressing contemporary issues of gentrification, urban redevelopment, and racial inequality,…

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Voices from Bears Ears

A book release event with Stephen Strom and Rebecca Robinson. In late 2016, President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres of public lands in southeastern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump shrank the monument by 85 percent. A land rich in human history and unsurpassed in natural beauty,…

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An Evening with Ken Burns

The Center of the American West, the Center for Humanities and the Arts, and the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts are proud to present: An Evening with the Nation’s Most Influential Documentary-Maker, Ken Burns Every year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who has…

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Ken Burns

From your first years on the planet, you have been giving the experience called “hard times” a run for its money. Denied a refuge from human mortality and frailty, you figured out how to turn sorrow into an invitation to the past, present, and future to get better acquainted. In the enterprise you have christened…

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NEH Chairman Jon Peede

An Evening of Conversation with the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jon Parrish Peede On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jon Parrish Peede as the 11th Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Peede has devoted many years to enhancing the well-being of the humanities and the arts….

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The New Normal: Conflict, Polarization, and Incivility

Eric Sondermann is a high-profile, Denver-based political commentator, writer, pundit, civic leader, entrepreneur, and consultant who is regularly called upon as a go-to source of independent political insight by a laundry list of media outlets across the state and the nation. He is respected for his candor, his independent thinking, and his ability to distinguish…

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Remembering Lucile

In 1918 Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, becoming its first African American graduate (though she was not allowed to “walk” at graduation, nor is she pictured in the 1918 CU yearbook). The first-born daughter of emancipated slaves, Lucile refused to be defined by the racist and sexist…

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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

Watch the welcome and keynote speaker 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 of the information technology revolution,…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 value—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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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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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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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 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: 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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