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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:

Fool’s Enterprise:

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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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 special Modern Indian Identity Event:

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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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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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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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