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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.
Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West
Executive Director of the American Historical Association
Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration and A Chance to Make Good: African-Americans, 1900-1929
November 17-19, 2019
Director of Environmental Analysis; W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History; Chair of Sociology at Pomona College, in Claremont, California.