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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.
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“10 Commandments for Writers”
First Prize – Poetry
First Prize – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Iroquois Native American Cultural Influences in Promoting…”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
“The Town That Lost It’s Name”
First Prize – Graduate Academic Nonfiction
“Cropped off the Land, Imprinted in the Imagination: Railroad…”
First Prize – Creative Nonfiction
“Nothing is Sweeter Than Catfish”
First Prize – Memoir
“Crack the Sky Yellow”
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Graduate Academic Non-fiction
“Going West in Breaking Bad: Ambiguous Morality, Violent…”
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Academic Non-fiction
“To what extent does modern technology address…”
Honorable Mention – Memoir