Past Events

Since its founding in 2016, CSAW has hosted numerous events with the goal of engaging a large audience in topics relevant to the American West. Previously hosted events include lectures, the most prominent of which are included in the Garry L. Nall Lecture Series, conferences, presentations, and more. To see upcoming events, please click here

Fall 2018

  • Dec. 12 CSAW Intern Research Showcase: CSAW interns Patrick Diepen, Mariana Lowe, and Jose Jose Navarrete presented their special project research from the semester. The event included introductions by the students, viewings of their research videos, and a Q&A session (videos coming spring 2019). Featured:
    • Jose Jose Navarrete: “An Adventure Through the Texas Panhandle: The Gregg-Marcy Trail and the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center” This project focuses on the Gregg-Marcy Trail, also known as the Santa Fe to Fort Smith Trail, and how it made its way through the Texas Panhandle, including what is now known as the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center in Amarillo, Texas. This research features observations made by Josiah Gregg and Captain Randolph Marcy, as well as discussion of their motivation and experiences.
    • Patrick Diepen and Mariana Lowe: “Life While Working Brick by Brick: The Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Creation of Palo Duro Canyon State Park” This project sheds light on Palo Duro Canyon State Park’s construction by the CCC, focusing on the buildings, roads, and trails built between 1933 and 1937 as well as life for these men while working at the canyon.
  • Nov. 7 Distinguished Lecture (CSAW co-sponsor)--Katharine Hayhoe: "Climate Change and West Texas: Facts, Fictions, and Faith." This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Garry L. Nall lecture with David Wallace Adams, "Coming of Age on a Southwest Cultural Borderland: A New Mexico Story."
  • Forgotten Frontera - Sept. 20 "Justice Then and New," Hispano History of the Texas Panhandle, community conversation.
  • ​CSAW Western Film Event - Aug. 22 & 23. This two-day event was our first collaboration with Amarillo College. Featured movies include John Ford's The Searchers (1956) and John Huston's The Unforgiven (1960). Sponsors for this event included AC Mass Media, WTAMU Cornette Library; English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M University Department of History, and WTAMU Media Communication Program.

Spring 2018

  • May 26 - Forgotten Frontera Fundraising Tour. CSAW gave a special access tour of the pastore ruins of Sandoval Plaza, the headquarters of Agapito Sandoval, alongside Corsino Creek in northwestern Potter County. 
  • April 26 - Garry L. Nall Lecture: "Frontier Highways: A Personal and Historical Journey through West Texas," Stephen Harrigan, author of multiple essays and screenplays as well as ten books, gave a fascintating lecture about his career as a writer in Texas. 
  • April 17 - "Johnny McMurtry and the Muleshoe Ranches," Graduate Student Delinda King discussed rancher Johnny McMurtry and other ranches on the Southern Plains.           
  • April 11 - "Let's Talk about Climate Change," with SueEllen Campbell. Co-founder and director of Changing Climates at Colorado State University (CSU) SueEllen Campbell presented a discussion about climate change through a partnership with the Texas Panhandle Audubon Society, the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the WTAMU Geology Society, and the WTAMU Environmental Science Society.
  • March 20- "Prairie Gothic: Writing Regional History," with John Erickson. Award-winning Western author John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, discussed how he combines personal and Panhandle history in works like his classic book, Prairie Gothic. Click below to view:
  • March 6 - "Route 66 in Texas: The Mother Road Close to Home," with Dr. Nick Gerlich. Click here for more details.
  • February 22-23 - Southern Plains Conference, "Shaping a Sense of Place." Collaboration between CSAW and Ogallala Commons to bring the long-running but discontinued conference back to Canyon. Click here for more details.
  • February 1 - "From the Plains to the Stage," brownbag lecture with Professor Anne Medlock. Click here to view the event flyer. 

Fall 2017

  • November 16 - "Saving the Southern Plains Bison," lecture from Donald Beard, Superintendent of Caprock Canyons State Park.  Click here to view the flyer.
  • November 7 - Brown Bag Colloquium with Dr. Byron Pearson: "Deconstructing the Sphinx: the Revolutionary Environmentalism of Thomas Jefferson." Click here to view the flyer.
  • October 19 - Nall Lecture in Western Studies with Brian DeLay: "The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History." Click below to view:
  • October 12 - Brown Bag Colloquium: Brian Ingrassia "'Rendered Obsolete': Auto-Centric Amarillo and the Rise of High Plains Suburbia"  Click here to view the flyer.
  • September 27 - Hispanic Heritage Month: "Migrant Labor in the Panhandle: Mexicans and Mexican-Americans at the Hereford Migrant Labor Camp".  Click here to view the flyer.
  • September 19: Brown Bag Colloquium: Veronica Arias: "A Rare Find: Archaeological Investigations of the Calf Creek Horizon in the Texas Panhandle."

Spring 2017

  • April 20 - Brown Bag Colloquium with Dr. Tim Bowman: "Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands." Click here to view the flyer.
  • April 18 - Movie Night: Written on Water. Click here to view the flyer.
  • April 13 - Nall Lecture in Western Studies with S. C. Gwynne: "On Offense: Writing West Texas from Comanche Wars to Tech Football." Click below to view the:
  • March 28 - Movie Night: A Line in the Sand. Click here to view the flyer.
  • March 23: Brown Bag Colloquium: Michael Grauer: "Rounded up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man." Click here to view the flyer.

Fall 2016

  • December 8 - Brown Bag Colloquium with Dr. Amy Von Lintel: "Georgia O'Keeffe's American West." Click here to view the flyer.
  • November 7 - Brown Bag Colloquium with Dr. Alex Hunt: "Our Indian Summer in the Far West: Republishing a Historical Book"
  • October 27 - Nall Lecture in Western Studies with Patricia Limerick: "Both Stranger and Kin: Wrestling--Successfully!--with the Riddle of Texas's Place in the American West." Click below to view the: