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American West: The History, the Values, the Struggle, and the Legacy of the 19th Century

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 17, 2018 (All day)
Doerr-Hosier Center
845 Meadows Road
Aspen, CO 81611

The Center’s Eccles Family Director, Bruce Cain, will be participating in the below event in Aspen, Colorado. The event is organized by the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows. Below is the Aspen Institute’s description of the conference.

The period of the 19th century American West represents both the proudest manifestations of our collective imagination and the struggles at the dark margins of our American character. We identify with all the people involved: noble Indian warrior and soldier, homesteader and cowboy, mining prospector and laborer, outlaw and lawman. The clash of values and cultures, technological advancements and an unwavering faith in Manifest Destiny, the wonder unimaginable natural beauty and the extraction of resources, rugged individualism and vital community, government incentive and entrepreneurialism, and the reality and myth portrayed in literature, art, photography, and cinema. This three-day program will explore the history of this monumental period and its legacy felt today.

Confirmed speakers include Terry Anderson, author, The Political Economy of the American West; Stephen Aron, professor, history, University of California Los Angeles and founding executive director, Institute for the Study of the American West, Autry National Center; Dan Flores, A.B Hammond Professor Emeritus, History of the American West, University of Montana-Missoula and author, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural HistorySarah Dant, History Professor, Weber State University and author, Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; author, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States; Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor, History, Princeton University; Virginia Scharff, Distinguished Professor, History and Director, Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico; Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West; Mark Varien, Executive Vice President of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; and Steven Woodworth, author of Manifest Destinies: Westward Expansion and the Civil War. More speakers to be announced.

Plenary sessions, breakouts, and immersive experiences

*This event and registration site is open to members of the Society of Fellows. For more information about the Society of Fellows, please contact us at (970) 544-7980 or


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The Aspen Institute
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