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The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, and problem-solving exploration of important and often contentious public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners.
Our aim is to help our students become discerning citizens and leaders in any of the fields that they may explore in their futures. We also work to provide community – a hub where students on a large campus can feel at home. To this end we sponsor a wide range of opportunities, inviting students to venture beyond classrooms and textbooks and to interact with leading scholars, writers, public servants, and faculty members.
The Center of the American West works on issues as diverse as the West itself. From energy to immigration, government to development, water to wildfire, and much more, you’ll find all our projects and publications in this section.
First Prize – Poetry
“Chasing After the Salt Woman”
First Prize – Undergraduate Nonfiction
“Mediums, Spirits, and Spooks in the Rocky Mountains:…”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
First Prize – Graduate Nonfiction
“The Hetch Hetchy Letters”
First Prize – Memoir
“John Denver is Dead”
First Prize – Graduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Poetry
Honorable Mention – Memoir
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Nonfiction
“Expressing Identity in Colorado Bluegrass Music Sub-Culture: Negotiating Modernity…”