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Upcoming Events

Currently, CSAW hosts several events aimed at engaging a larger audience in topics relevant to the American West. The most prominent of these events is the Garry L. Nall Lecture Series, which brings noted regional scholars, authors, and artists to WTAMU for free lectures that are open to the public. CSAW offers a variety of events that will appeal to all audiences. To see past events hosted by CSAW, please click here

Spring 2019 Events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: Brownbag Colloquium with Dr. Byron Pearson, 12:20-1:20 p.m., CC306 (WTAMU). Bring a lunch and join us for the next installment in the CSAW Brownbag Colloquium Series. For this discussion, Dr. Byron Pearson will share research from his upcoming book about Grand Canyon dam proposals in the 1960s and the controversies that surrounded those projects.  
  • Thursday, Feb 28: Doug Ricketts Lecture, "Against the Grain: Journey of a Panhandle Furniture Maker," 7 p.m. in the Hazlewood Room at PPHM. Ricketts will discuss how grain elevators, baling wire, and rust have figured into a lifetime of art and furniture design. A sampling of his work will be on display. For more on his work, visit: dougricketts.com
  • Tuesday, March 5: Guns, glory, and games! Dress up in your finest Western wear and get a first look at the new “Red Dead University” exhibit, a collaboration between Center for the Study of the American West and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Stefan ‘Steve’ Rabitsch, visiting American Studies scholar. Reception will start at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Gallery and Pioneer Town of the PPHM. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Located in the PPHM Alexander Gallery, "Red Dead University" will encourage academic gameplay of the video game Red Dead Redemption II and showcase artifacts from the final days of the Wild West. The exhibit will be open to museum patrons throughout March (exhibit close TBD). 
  • Tuesday, March 19: Dr. Deborah Liles, "Oliver Loving: Dean of the Trails," 7 p.m. in the Hazlewood Room at PPHM
  • Thursday, March 28: "Red Dead Rouge" Panel Discussion, 7 p.m. in the Hazlewood Room at PPHM. From Sacagawea to Frenchie McCormick, women have played an important role in the work, identity, and expansion of the American west. Join Center for the Study of the American West and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum for “Red Dead Rouge,” a panel discussion about women’s roles in the Old West, with emphasis on the portrayal of these roles in the video game Red Dead Redemption II. More details soon!
  • Tuesday, April 9: Garry L. Nall lecture with Stephen Graham Jones: "Growing up Dead in Texas," 7 p.m. at JBK Legacy Hall (WTAMU campus). Earlier that day, guests can attend an author Q&A with Jones from 3-4 p.m. in the Cornette Library Blackburn room.