The Center of the American West takes as its mission the creation of forums for the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives in the pursuit of solutions to the region's difficulties. We at the Center believe that an understanding of the historical origins of the West's problems, an emphasis on the common interests of all parties, and a dose of good humor are essential to constructive public discussion.

Events

Upcoming Events

The Center of the American West, as part of its mission to increase awareness and knowledge about a variety of issues we face as Westerners, hosts a number of public events every year. We offer film screenings, panel discussions, public readings, and much more. We also host two annual events, our Stegner Award, which honors a prominent Westerner, and our Modern Indian Identity series, which features notable Native Americans talking about their experiences when balancing traditional culture with the demands of modern society. Come join us; we have something to offer everyone!

Fool’s Enterprise:
Wed
01
Apr
2015
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,…

Film Screening: Losing the West
Tue
07
Apr
2015

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…

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea
Wed
08
Apr
2015
The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Cornell University Professor and Influential 'Talking Head' in Josh Fox's "Gasland," in Conversation with Professor Patty Limerick

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…

Rocky Mountain Rescue
Mon
20
Apr
2015
Rocky Mountain Rescue

2015 Wallace Stegner Recipient

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…

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Matthew Cotton
Tue
28
Apr
2015
The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Matthew Cotton

The Politics of Shale Gas in the United Kingdom

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…

Thu
28
May
2015

The Western Roundup is a joint conference of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Society of California Archivists (SCA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA). It will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center in Denver, CO from May 27-30, 2015. In her talk,”The Holdings of a Pack Rat:…