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!

The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet
Wed
11
Mar
2015
The Return of FrackingSENSE with Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet

Community Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing

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…

Sun
22
Mar
2015

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,…

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…

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…