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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 2022

  • Friday, April 29: 2022 Southern Plains Conference with CSAW's Texas Panhandle Curriculum Initiative
    • “Regional Education and Teaching Region in the 21st Century”

    • 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. April 29, 2022. Free and open to the public. 

    • Register here
    • In an age of globalism, we still live in places and regions, and those places and regions matter. In this environment, educators face significant challenges. We must educate our students in a manner that prepares them for an increasingly competitive global marketplace. But in so doing, we under-value local settings and knowledge. This especially impacts rural or regionally marginalized places, sending students the signal that they must go elsewhere to seek their futures. This conference will address issues related to education in the Southern Plains in the 21st century. This can include working as an educator in the southern plains, educating southern plains students, and/or teaching regional subjects and issues, from art to zoology. Hear from outstanding educators (from various levels and disciplines) from around the southern plains (defined as eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles).

    • View the full schedule here

Fall 2022

  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022: Forgotten Frontera, Joel Zapata, “Forgotten/Suppressed Histories of the Llano.” 7 p.m. (location TBA)
  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022: Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies (speaker TBA). 7 p.m. JBK Legacy Hall
    • 3 p.m. Student-focused Q&A (location TBA)