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Is the Water Wet? - Lake Powell Pipeline

Is the Water Wet? - Lake Powell Pipeline

A 3-Part Podcast with Greg Smoak

Historian Greg Smoak joins us to discuss water law in the west, John Wesley Powell, and provide an overall historical context for the pipeline. Greg Smoak is a Professor of History at the University of Utah and the director of the American West Center. He’s the author of many articles and essays on various American west topics including water rights, Native American law, environmental policy, and American Indian policy among other things. 

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Floyd A. O'Neil Fellowship

The American West Center at the University of Utah is pleased to offer two graduate student fellowships for research on the American West during the 2020-2021 academic year. The fellowships honor the late Professor Floyd A. O'Neil (1927 - 2018), Director Emeritus of the Center and Professor Emeritus of History.

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Wick R. Miller Endowed Fellowship

The Wick R. Miller Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Wick R. Miller, a widely respected anthropological linguist who specialized in the study of indigenous languages of the western United States and northwest Mexico and was also a pioneer in the study of first language acquisition. 

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Featured Projects

Utah Architects Project

The Utah Architects Project features collaborative research between the Utah Center for Architecture, the Marriott Library’s Special Collections Department, and the American West Center.

The Vietnam War Oral History Project

The Vietnam War Oral History Project documents how American involvement in Southeast Asia changed Utah and the United States.

Zion National Park Administrative History

Famously dubbed “America’s best idea” by Wallace Stegner and numerous promoters after him, national parks fill a vital role in the American imagination, acting as canvases for American conceptions of wilderness, recreation, and the nature of America itself.


Regional Studies Centers

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Last Updated: 6/22/21