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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
“The Winds Were Born”
First Prize – Memoir
First Prize – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Coffin’s Shore: The Battle that Wrought Colorado’s Water Law”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
“Closing up Shop”
First Prize – Graduate Academic Nonfiction
“Defusing Labor Radicalism: The Dime Novel Outlaw…”
First Prize – Creative Nonfiction
“The Five Miler: A Run Through Redlands”
Honorable Mention – Poetry
Honorable Mention – Memoir
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Borders, Nationalities, and Resistance: The San…”
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Fiction