NEH Summer Institute: Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West

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July 8, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Nevada, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Urban History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies

"Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," an NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty, will be held in Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8-20. Over the course of the program we will explore three broad thematic areas that encompass the overarching implications of Hoover Dam’s construction: technology, environment, and human communities. Each of the days will focus on these themes through a purposeful triangulation of topics, people, and physical sites. Scholars from around the U.S. will speak on, and participants will read and discuss, a range of topics related to the dam's international, national, regional, and local impact, focusing on environmental, architectural, social, cultural, labor, women's, Native American, African American, and policy history. Classroom sessions will be augmented by site studies in which both the natural and built environments of Hoover Dam and its surrounding areas serve as touchstones to draw out larger issues of the dam’s construction. Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Valley of Fire, the Black Canyon damsite, the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association archives, downtown Las Vegas, the UNLV Special Collections archives, the Springs Preserve, and the Nevada State Museum will serve as the sites where educators will gain a better understanding of the history and consequences of Hoover Dam’s construction. For information, feel free to get in touch with co-directors Anthony Arrigo ( and/or Michael Green ( To apply, please visit for information.

Contact Info: 

Michael Green, Department of History, UNLV, Box 455020, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5020

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