Upcoming Events

February Events

The Center for the Southwest is pleased to sponsor Four Directions in Southwestern HIstory:  A Scholarly Panel featuring Dr. Jennifer Denetdale (UNM), Dr. Donald L. Fixico (ASU), Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton (UNM), Dr. Ari Kelman (UC, Davis), and author Hampton Sides.  The panelists will disucss their research in Southwestern history.  This panel will moderated by Dr. Virginia J. Scharff, Director of the Center for the Southwest.  The event will take place on February 23 from 12:30-1:30 PM in the Commons Room in the Department of History located in Mesa Vista Hall.  This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

The Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico announces the 2017 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture. Bancroft Award winning historian Dr. Ari Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, will present “For Liberty and Empire:  How the Civil War Bled Into the Indian Wars,” on Thursday, February 23, at 6:00 PM in the Student Union Building Lobo A&B.  This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.  See our Horn Lecture page for more details.


Mark Your Calendars!  February is a busy month for the Center for the Southwest.  The 2017 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture will be held on February 23 at 6:00 PM in the SUB Lobo A&B.  On the same day we will hold a scholarly panel Four Directions in Southwestern History from 12:30-1:30 pm in the History Department Commons Room in Mesa Vista Hall. This panel will feature renown scholars discussing their research.  Both events are FREE and OPEN to the public.  See our Events pages for more information.

View our 2016 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture, featuring John Faragher on "Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles," here.

View our recent lecture, “Crybullies, the Death of Free Speech, and Other Red Herrings: Universities and the Public in the Age of Social Media,” by Dean of Yale College, Jonathan Holloway, here.

Congrats to UNM History Department's Dr. Hutton on the publication of his new book about the Apache Wars! Read more here.

Congrats to Dr. Monahan of the UNM History Department for the recent publication of her book, The Merchants of Siberia! Read more here.

Dr. Luis Campos has just been awarded the highly prestigious Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. Read more here.

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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