Upcoming Events

C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture
"Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles"
Dr. John Faragher
April 14, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
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History Department makes top three in "Best UNM Department" list in UNM Student Choice Awards. Read More Here.

Paul Hutton's "Billy the Kid's Final Escape" is the cover story for the current issue of Wild West Magazine (December 2015). Read More Here.

Dr. Andrew Sandoval-Strausz of UNM's History Department has recently won these article awards: The Urban History Association’s 2015 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal and the 2015 Article Prize given by the Society of Architectural Historians’ Southeast Chapter. Congrats to Dr. Sandoval-Strausz! read more here.

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. 

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