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

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End: March 31, 2018
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"Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," an NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty, held in Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8-20, will explore three broad thematic areas: technology, environment, and human communitiesScholars from around the U.S. will speak on, and participants will read and discuss, a range of topics, 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