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 2023

  • Forgotten Frontera Lecture with Dr. Valerie Martinez
    • Lecture at the FAC Recital Hall, “Building the Southern Plains: Migrantes and Mexicanidad,” Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
    • Community Conversation event at Innovation Outpost, 1220 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX
      • Wednesday Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
    • See our Forgotten Frontera page for more information!
  • Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies with Dan Flores
    • Lecture at JBK Legacy Hall, "Wild New World," Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Summer 2023 Events

  • CSAW Lecture with David Lewis, "The San Saba Treasure: the history behind the folklore"
    • Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m., FAC Recital Hall
      • Pre-lecture reception at 6 p.m.

Spring 2023 Events

  • Bonney MacDonald Award for Best Western Book lecture with Dr. Lucas Bessire
  • Faculty Research Brownbags
    • Thursday, Feb. 16, "The Hereford Onion Strike of 1980" with Dr. Tim Bowman
    • Tuesday, April 12, "Pray for E.R.A.: The Role of Religion in the Campaign for Equal Rights in the West" with Dr. Chelsea Ball
      • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., JBK 37 (Maroon Room)
  • Garry L. Nall Lecture, April 20
    • Cheatgrass Dreams with Theodore Waddell
    • Location: Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) at 2200 S. Van Buren in Amarillo
      • Entrance will be at the 2nd floor Plaza level
    • Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., lecture begins at 7 p.m.
    • Free and open to the public!

Fall 2022 Events

  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022: Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies, Richard and Shirley Flint, "To and Fro without a Road Map: Which Way the Coronado Expedition Chose to Go, and Why". 7 p.m. in the Hazlewood Room, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
    • 3 p.m. Student-focused Q&A (location TBA)
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022: Forgotten Frontera Community Conversation with Joel Zapata, Maria Guerrero, and Alex Hunt. 1:30 p.m. at Caprock High School Auditorium
    • Come talk about WT’s efforts as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and CSAW’s new outreach, the Forgotten Frontera project.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022: Forgotten Frontera, Joel Zapata, "Los Llaneros: Forgotten Histories of the Llano." 3 p.m. in JBK Thunder Room

Spring 2022 Events

  • Thursday, April 7: Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies featuring Red Steagall, “Values of the Cow Country told in Story, Verse, and Song”

    WT is located in Texas big ranch country, and the region reflects that rich heritage and history. Join CSAW and Red Steagall for an entertaining exploration of the values of the cow country that still make our region unique. This event was made possible with support from WT's Distinguished Lecture Series, Humanities Texas, and WT's Department of Agriculture. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 10:  Pete Roos, “Airborne Lasers: Making Methane Emissions Reduction Simple”
Drawing from his background in laser physics and his entrepreneurial experience in founding Bridger Photonics, Roos’s lecture will describe his development of technology to detect leaks in natural gas pipelines using LiDAR from airplanes flying over pipelines.
Founded in 2006, Bridger Photonics developed Gas Mapping LiDAR™ as a data service to dramatically simplify the process of detecting, locating, and quantifying methane gas leaks across the entire natural gas value chain. This service is also being used by companies such as ExxonMobil and SoCalGas. As a result, Bridger partnered with Diversified Energy Company PLC in 2021 to perform multi-year aerial scans of the Company’s natural gas production and distribution assets starting with the Appalachian region.
This event was made possible with support from WT's Distinguished Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by WT's Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages (EPML); Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, College of Engineering; and Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences.

Fall 2021 Events

  • Thursday, Nov. 4: CSAW Research Talk: Katey Denney, "Black Borderlands: Understanding the Pull of El Paso, 1900-1940" 
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: Reception and lecture for the 2021 CSAW Book Award winner: Justin Gage's, We Do Not Want the Gates Closed Between Us: Native Networks and the Spread of the Ghost Dance (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

  • Thursday, Sept. 30: Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies: Stephen Aron, "Peace and Friendship: An Alternative History of the American West"

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21 : Research Brownbag Talk: Dr. Nick Gerlich, “Signs From The Road: The Great American Deserts”

Summer 2021 Event

  • June 3: Research Brownbag Talk: Bailey Chalfant, “Health and Community: Voices of the Northern Cheyenne.” 

Spring 2021 Events

  • April 15: Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies, Ramona Emerson's, "Mayors of Shiprock: Changing the Narrative with Community."


  • April 8: Research Brown Bag, Michael Grauer, “Caballeros y Vaqueros: Origins of Western Horse Cultures."


  • March 4: 2020 CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book Virtual Reception and Lecture: Josh Garrett-Davis, "What is a Western?" Read more about the book award here
  • Feb. 11: Research Talk with Mick Miller about his research over the economic and political influence of Texas ranches as well as his recently published book, "XIT: A Story of Land, Cattle, and Capital in Texas and Montana."

Fall 2020 Events

  • Nov. 12: Research Talk with Leroy Myers about black migration to Oklahoma and its impact on African American and Native American relations in the region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 12:30–1:30 p.m., Online (Zoom). 

  • Oct. 29: Dr. José Limón, “From the Streets of Laredo to the Palo Duro Canyon and other Texas Stories" 7 p.m. In this lecture, Limón will use the famous folksong “The Streets of Laredo” to guide the way through lesser known stories of nineteenth-century Texas history and cultural geographies, exploring its role in folklore, social and economic history, and literary criticism.
  • Oct. 1: Research Talk with Aubrey Krug about The Land Institute and agricultural collaborations across the sciences and humanities through “civic science” projects. 12:30–1:30 p.m. (CT), Online (Zoom). 
  • Sept. 17: Forgotten Frontera, “Art, Activism, Community.” 7 p.m. (CT) Online (Zoom). 

Summer 2020 Event

  • Thursday, July 2: CSAW Brownbag discussion, Dr. Steve Rabitsch, "One Nation Under Many Cowboy Hats," 12:30 p.m., online. 

Spring 2020 Events

  • Thursday, May 7: CSAW Brownbag discussion, Dr. Alex Hunt, "A Kiowa Perspective: George Hunt, the Goodnight/Haley Tradition, and the Buffalo," 12:30 p.m., online. View the recording here

  • Wednesday, April 1: EPML/CSAW Brownbag discussion, Dr. Timothy Foster, "St. James the Buffalo Slayer: Spanish Religious Iconography on the High Plains," 12:30 p.m., online. View the recording here

  • Thursday, March 26: ”CSAW/DLS Garry L. Nall lecture in Western Studies: Ramona Emerson, "Mayors of Shiprock," 7 p.m., Hazlewood Room, PPHM.--rescheduled for Sping 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Wednesday, March 25: ”Film, Fiction, and Frequently Asked Questions: A Q&A with Documentarian Ramona Emerson (in conjunction with the March 26 CSAW/DLS Garry L. Nall lecture in Western Studies). 3 p.m., Blackburn Room, Cornette Library. --rescheduled for Sping 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Tuesday, March 10: Mayors of Shiprock documentary screening, pre-Nall lecture event, 7 p.m., Hazlewood Room, PPHM.
  • Friday, March 6: ”Deadline for "Fighting for a Place" video contest (in conjunction with the March 26 Nall lecture)
  • Thursday, March 5: ”CSAW Book Award Winner lecture & award ceremony, 7 p.m., Hazlewood Room, PPHM.
    • Congratulations to James E. Sherow's The Chisolm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), the first recipient of the CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book.
  • February 20-22: Southern Plains Conference, Hazlewood Room, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). More details:
  • Thursday, Feb. 13: ”CSAW Brownbag discussion, Dr. Bonnie Roos, "Ranching, Scalping, and Cannibalism: James Joyce's Dubliners and the U.S. American West," 12:30-1:15 p.m., Classroom Center room 316 (WTAMU)

Fall 2019 Events

  • Thursday, Sept. 5—Forgotten Frontera community conversation, 7 p.m., Harrington Academic Hall (WT Amarillo Center)
  • Thursday, Sept. 26—Brownbag Colloquium with Dr. Ray Matlack, "The Mammals of Palo Duro Canyon," 12:30-1:15 p.m., Classroom Center room 316 (WT Campus)
  • Thursday, Oct. 24—Nall lecture, José Limón, “Streets of Laredo”:
    • 3-4 p.m. author Q&A (Cornette Library)
    • 7:30 p.m. “Streets of Laredo” lecture (JBK Legacy Hall)--cancelled due to weather; rescheduled for April 23, 2020
    • 8:45-9:30 p.m. dessert reception and book signing (JBK Legacy Hall)--cancelled due to weather
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12—Brownbag Colloquium with Dr. Tim Bowman, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Classroom Center room 316 (WT Campus)
  • Monday, Nov. 4—Brendan Rensink lecture, “Disrupting Western, Indigenous, and Borderlands Histories,” 7 p.m., (Hazlewood Room, PPHM)

Summer 2019 Events

  • Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4—CSAW’s “Red Dead University” at AMA-CON

Spring 2019

  • Saturday, May 4: CSAW guided hike of the CCC trail in Palo Duro Canyon. On this tour, CSAW interns Kylie and Monica discussed how Palo Duro Canyon State Park came to fruition, the life of camp enrollees, and the construction projects they took on, including the scenic Hamblen Drive and the Palo Duro School of Art.
  • Thursday, Apr. 25: Brownbag Colloquium with Dr. Alex Hunt. CSAW Director Alex Hunt discussed George Hunt (1878-1942), a Kiowa man who worked with numerous anthropologists and historians as well as publishing his own scholarship. A key point of focus were the circumstances of the 1887 Sun Dance and how Hunt worked to save and make known this important history.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: Brownbag Colloquium with Dr. Byron Pearson. For this discussion, Dr. Byron Pearson shared 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." Ricketts discussed how grain elevators, baling wire, and rust have figured into a lifetime of art and furniture design. A sampling of his work was on display. For more on his work, visit:
  • Tuesday, March 5: “Red Dead University” exhibit opening, a collaboration between Center for the Study of the American West and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Stefan ‘Steve’ Rabitsch, Fulbright visiting scholar in American Studies. 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 2020 (exhibit close TBD). 
  • Tuesday, March 19: Dr. Deborah Liles, "Oliver Loving: Dean of the Trails."
  • Thursday, March 28: "Red Dead Rouge" Panel Discussion. From Sacagawea to Frenchie McCormick, women have played an important role in the work, identity, and expansion of the American west. Center for the Study of the American West and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum collaborated on this 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. Panelists: Dr. Amy Von Lintel, Dr. Jean Stuntz, Dr. Alex Hunt, and Ms. AJ McCormick.
  • Tuesday, April 9: Garry L. Nall lecture with Stephen Graham Jones: "Growing up Dead in Texas."

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.
    • ​ More info on this ongoing series. 
  • ​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.
  • March 6 - "Route 66 in Texas: The Mother Road Close to Home," with Dr. Nick Gerlich.
  • 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.
  • February 1 - "From the Plains to the Stage," brownbag lecture with Professor Anne Medlock.

Fall 2017

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