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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.
Keynote speaker and Author of The Long Haul:
A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road
Remarks by Finn Murphy
First Place – Academic Nonfiction
“‘It was the source of everything we had:’ Listening to Oral Histories of Water and Identities in Place in the Snake Valley”
First Place – Creative Nonfiction
“This Place We Call Home”
First Place – Poetry
First Place – Fiction
First Place – Memoir
Honorable Mention – Memoir
Honorable Mention – Fiction