Upcoming Events

Brenda J. Child Discussion on My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks
October 13, 2015
3:30 PM
History Department Common Room
CSW Co-Sponsored Event
Facebook Event Page

PhotoPaysage/Landscape Representation Conference
October 15 - 17, 2015
Conference Website

2015 Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture
Featuring Anne Hillerman
October 22, 2015
3:30 PM
History Department Common Room
CSW Co-Sponsored Event

C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture
Dr. John Faragher
April 14, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
SUB Lobo A&B
"Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles"


People in Southwest valued caffeine even in 750 A.D., "A new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled, “Ritual drinks in the pre-Hispanic U.S Southwest and Mexican Northwest,” scrutinizes how widely caffeine was used at different time periods..." read more here.

Dr. Sam Truett (UNM), selected as a 2015-16 Fellow at the Institut d’Études Avancées (Institute for Advanced Study) in Nantes, France . . . read more here.

UNM Alumni, Dr. Sarah Payne (CSU), talks about the Japanese Internment Camp site near Clovis, NM . . . view TEDx

Center for the Southwest

MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Mesa Vista, 2061

Phone: (505) 277-4344
Fax: (505) 277-6023

Center for the Southwest

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Welcome to the Center for the Southwest

The Center for the Southwest is an institution devoted to the study of the region spanning the vast Mexican territories that became part of the United States by 1853.  The Southwest is a terrain with deep and multiple histories, a complicated and volatile present, and remarkable potential.  This region, comprising the whole of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada, and parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming, has for millennia been home to shifting and contentious array of indigenous peoples. 

The Center for the Southwest recognizes this contested, layered past, linked with the larger histories of the Americas and the peoples who have survived, adapted to, and shaped repeated political upheavals.  At the same time, we also recognize that the region has, for nearly a century and a half, belonged to the United States, and now encompasses the most dynamic, fastest growing part of that nation.  We also seek to understand this region in the context of globalizing forces that at once disrupt and reinforce regional differences.