Upcoming Events

C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture

The Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico announces the 2018 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture. Historian, Author, and Cultural Critic Megan Kate Nelson will present "Why the Civil War in the West Mattered" on Thursday, October 26, at 6:00 PM in the Hibben Auditorium. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.  See our Horn Lecture page for more details.

A Special Center for the Southwest Lecture

The Center for the Southwest is pleased to present a special evening with New York Times Climate and Science reporter Henry Fountain.  He will discuss his latest book The Great Alaska Quake of 1964:  How Nature Transformed Science.  The event will be held on Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 pm in the hibben Auditorium.  This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


Friday, September 29th the Department of History is hosting the first annual Homecoming Lecture!  This year's lecture will be delivered by Dr. Durwood Ball at 3:30 pm in the History Commons in Mesa Vista Hall. 

Center for the Southwest

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1 University of New Mexico
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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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