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The Center of the American West is a recognized hub for illuminating the role of the western United States in regional, national and global issues. We bring people together to explore the ongoing complexities of and challenges facing the western United States through education, research, programs, and projects.
At the Center of the American West, we provide students a welcoming community on the CU Boulder campus where they can understand the importance of the western U.S. as they navigate their academic path and professional journey.
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 a wide selection of 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