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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 2021

For “The Mayors of Shiprock” lecture, also the title of the documentary for which Emerson is best known, Emerson will discuss how a group of young people in the Diné community have stepped into leadership roles to solve social problems on the reservation. This topic emphasizes the importance of youth engagement and community sustainability, two issues central to Emerson’s story of becoming a successful filmmaker.
Emerson is Diné—or Navajo—filmmaker and writer originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She has her B.A. in Media Arts and MFA in Creative Writing and has worked as a professional videographer, writer, and editor for over 20 years. Emerson has directed six films and just finished her first novel. Based in Albuquerque, where she currently lives, Emerson co-owns Reel Indian Pictures with her husband.
This event was made possible with support from West Texas A&M University's Distinguished Lecture Series and College of Fine Arts & Humanities.