This Week, Southern Plains Conference at WT in Canyon

Feb 17, 2020

This is it, folks! This week at West Texas A&M University, the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will host the Southern Plains Conference 2020 with the theme “Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains.” The event kicks off this Thursday, February 20th and runs through Saturday, February 22nd in Canyon, TX. The conference will take place on campus at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (2401 4th Ave., Canyon). So today we welcomed back Dr. Alex Hunt to give us some updates and reminders. 

For more information about how to register and attend, click here. To find out more, call CSAW at (806) 651-5238 or send an email.

To hear our full interview, click the link below:


Mark your calendars: Don't miss these two upcoming events at CSAW in March!

Thursday, March 5th – CSAW Book Award winner, James Sherrow, gives a talk about his winning book, “The Chisholm Trail.”

Thursday, March 26th – CSAW Nall lecture, featuring filmmaker Ramona Emerson, discussing her film The Mayors of Shiprocka story of youth community activism on a Navaho reservation.

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MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN PLAINS CONFERENCE:  The conference theme brings attention to how experts, including scientists, measure and understand the Ogallala Aquifer, and then how they help the general public see and understand it in turn. Confirmed speakers include Merri Lisa Trigilio, geoscientist and filmmaker of “Written on Water”; Julene Bair, author of “The Ogallala Road”; and Kenna Lang Archer, environmental historian and co-author of “Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land.” The conference will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20, with a panel discussion on the conference theme featuring a slate of cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Thursday evening will feature a screening of “Written on Water” followed by a Q&A featuring Merri Lisa Trigilio. Friday will be a full day of panels and keynote speakers, with lunch provided. On Saturday morning, WT’s School of Engineering will present a learning activity for K-12 students, free at the PPHM. To register for the conference as an audience member, please submit contact information (including full name, phone number, email address and affiliation/location) to csaw@wtamu.edu, (806) 651-5238 (please leave a voicemail if no answer), or mail to: CSAW Attn: Alex Hunt, WTAMU Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016.

Attendee registration is $40/person and includes a dessert reception on Feb. 20 and lunch on Feb. 21. Send checks made payable to “WTAMU CSAW Southern Plains Conference” to WTAMU Foundation, PO Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016. Payments can also be made with credit or debit card by calling the Foundation at: (806) 651-2070. Registration is free for WT students and faculty with valid ID, but please still register so we have an accurate headcount for food. Sponsors for the conference include WT’s School of Engineering and College of Agriculture, the PPHM, the Texas Panhandle Audubon Society, and the Dixon Water Foundation.

About the Center for the Study of the American West: CSAW formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WTAMU and building bridges between the university, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the regional populace. CSAW seeks to promote the American West both as a culturally unique region and a product of broad historical forces. Through this endeavor, CSAW remains dedicated to cultivating a critical vision of region and place in a globalized era. For more information, contact: csaw@wtamu.edu 806-651-5238.