Winter 2024 Newsletter (Vol. 13)

BYU Redd Center Newsletter

Winter 2024 (Vol. 13)

In this Issue:

- Winter 2024 Lectures

- 2024 Awards Season

- Recent Redd Center-funded Awards

- Publications from Past Redd Center Awards

- Writing Westward Podcast Update

- Intermountain Histories Update and Stats

- New People at the Redd Center

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  Winter 2024 Lectures

Follow on YouTube and Facebook to find which of these lectures will be livestreamed.

Lecture titles are tentative and room locations are tentative. Updates will be posted on the individual Facebook Event page (linked below). View all upcoming events here:

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February 16

Truth and Reconciliation: A Conference of the BYU Slavery Project

All day event with panels featuring BYU students and faculty as well as leading scholars from around the country. View the speaker schedule here.

9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Location: Varsity Theater

February 22

Emily Burns
Director, Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Oklahoma

  • In the Wake of Native American Art: Tracking Charles M. Russell relationships with Blackfoot Artistry

(Co-sponsored with BYU Art History)

11:00 AM
Location: B192 JFSB (Education in Zion Auditorium)

February 22

Alicia Williams
Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Religion and Assistant Professor of Religion and African American Studies, University of Illinois

  • African American Religious Experience and Disability in the American West

2:00 PM
Location: 1060 HBLL (Reynolds Auditorium)

March 7

Elliott West
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Arkansas

  • The American West and the Making of Modern America

(Annual Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture)

11:00 AM
Location: 1060 HBLL

March 21

Nan MacEntire
Associate Professor Emerita at Indiana State University Deptartment of English

  • The Joys and Perils of Folklore Fieldwork

(Annual William A. Wilson Folklore Archives Founder's Lecture, co-sponsored with the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives)

11:00 AM
Location: B192 JFSB

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2024 Awards Season

Applications are due March 15, 2024

Click here for information on the awards and how to apply

It is funding season at the Redd Center for our annual awards, grants, and fellowships. Each year these funding opportunities support Western-focused research, programming and events, publications, and other activities across the world.
There are specific categories for students and faculty (at BYU and Off-Campus anywhere), independent scholars, public institutions and programming initiatives, etc. Priority is given to research on the Intermountain regions Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. All disciplines (history, literature, sociology, geology, botany, range science, etc., literally any discipline or approach) are eligible as long as the proposed work will increase understanding about the region.


Recent Redd Center-funded Awards

Publication Grants

The Redd Center regularly awards publication grants to support presses publishing books on the American West. Presses use these subventions for a variety of purposes such as including additional images or maps, improving production quality, or lowering list price. Below are new books that have been supported by recent Redd Center publication grants. In 2023, the University of Utah Press was awarded a publication grant for each volume in the Utah Series on Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin, edited by Jeff Nichols. The first volume, First Peoples of Great Salt Lake: A Cultural Landscape from Nevada to Wyoming, was authored by Steven R Simms.

 Senior Seminar/Capstone Project Grant 

The Redd Center offers senior seminar/capstone project grants to support students who are writing papers on some aspect of the American West.

In 2023, Keylla Ortega was awarded a Senior Seminar/Capstone Project Grant for her research on Dolores Huerta and her work on labor contracts.


External Association Awards

Every year the Redd Center provides funding to sponsor awards administered by a number of organizations. This is a powerful way to extend the benefits of Redd Center resources beyond the scope of what our limited staffing allows us to administer.

Association of American Geographers Rural Geography Specialty Group
  • Rural American West Paper Competition
    • Sophia Borges of Boise State University and Kate Berry of the University of Nevada, Reno, “Beyond Injustice: Diverse Visions and Coalitions for Water Justice in Rural-Urban Water Conflicts.”
BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • Mary Lou Fulton Conference Awards (Award for best student posters dealing with the Intermountain West)
    • Fall 2023
      • 1st place:
        • Ashley Swensen, “Investigating the Effectiveness of Incentivized Efficient Watering Practices in Five Western States with Focus on Utah.”
      • 2nd place:
        • Alyssa Merrill, “Discover the Predominant Head Shapes in Clear Creek Rock Art.”

BYU College of Life Sciences

  • Plant and Wildlife Science Graduate Student Conclave Awards
    • Poster Presentation:
      • Janetta Teichert
    • Oral Presentation:
      • Nathan Jones
Western History Association
  • Arrington-Prucha Prize (best article in Western American Religious History)
    • Gili Kliger, “Translating God on the Borders of Sovereignty," American Historical Review (September 2022).
  • Charles Redd Teaching Excellence Award (enables K-12 educators to attend the Western History Association’s annual convention)
    • Molly Dettmann (Norman Public Schools)
    • Emma Dudrick (University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Teaching Fellows)
    • Kathleen Miller (St. Turibius School).
  • Jensen-Miller Award (best article in the field of women and gender in the American West)
    • Holly Miowak Guise, “‘Who is Doctor Bauer?’: Rematriating a Censored Story on Internment, Wardship, and Sexual Violence in Wartime Alaska, 1941–1944,” Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2022).
Western Literature Association
  • Charles Redd Teaching Excellence Award (enables a K-12 educator to attend the WLA annual conference)
    • Emily Ward for her lesson plan titled “Shoshone-Bannock History and Native American Policy.”
Western Museum Association
  • Award for Exhibition Excellence
    • Arizona Historical Society, “Rebuilding Home Plate: Baseball in Arizona's Japanese American Incarceration Camps.”


Publications from Past Redd Center Awards

The Redd Center asks awardees to notify the center if their center-funded research leads to publications
 In 2022, Redd Center awardee Andrew Gulliford published Bears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and Resistance (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2022). For this publication, Andrew is the 2024 recipient of the Finalist for Best Book in Utah History Award from the Utah Historical Society for the best book in Utah history published in 2022. Congratulations, Andrew!


Writing Westward Podcast Update

The Writing Westward Podcast is a monthly author-interview podcast. Each episode features a conversation with writers of new work on the North American West, sampling from a variety of disciplines and subfields. The podcast is hosted and produced by Redd Center Associate Director, Professor Brenden W. Rensink.

Recent Episodes:
(full episode list at

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  Intermountain Histories Update


The Intermountain Histories project curates local histories on a website ( and free mobile apps (iOS and Android). Stories are written by students from universities around the Intermountain West, and in collaboration with various professors.

Project Director and General Editor Brenden Rensink recently published an article describing the project's origins and lessons learned along the way.


See Brenden W. Rensink, “Intermountain Histories and the Promises and Perils of Collaborative Projects: A Public History Report from the Field.” Utah Historical Quarterly 91, no. 3, (Summer 2023): 239–243.


  • Appx. 750 stories and 61 multi-story tours with more being added every few weeks

  • 16 Collaborating Professors at 9 Universities

  • Over 550 student authors

  • 18 BYU Student Interns and 10 BYU Student Research and Editorial Assistants
  • Appx. 13,000 website users per month



Mobile Apps: Apple
iOS / iTunes Store

Google Play
Android Store


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  New People at the Redd Center


Winter 2024 Visiting Scholar

Caroline Tracey


Caroline Tracey is our visiting fellow for Winter 2024. Caroline is a journalist whose work focuses on the Southwestern US, Mexico, and their borderlands. Her first book, Salt Lakes, is currently under contract with W.W. Norton. At the Redd Center, she will be conducting archival research about the history of the Great Salt Lake and will also conduct interviews about the lake with members of the BYU community and around Salt Lake City. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys hiking, swimming, and learning about birds and plants.

Winter 2024 Intermountain Histories Research and Editorial Assistant

Abigail Beus


Abigail is from Los Alamos, New Mexico and is studying history and minoring in Spanish and Art History. She is a firm believer that history can be exciting, edifying, and approachable when properly explained.


Winter 2024 Intermountain Histories Intern


Megan Bailey


Megan Bailey is the new Intermountain Histories intern and grew up in Palmer, Alaska. She’s an American Studies major and is particularly excited about this internship because she has a passion for deep dives. She hopes to grow as a researcher through her experience at the center.



Redd Center Research Assistants working for Jay Buckley

Aaron Abele from western Washington and will soon be starting his second semester studying history and Spanish. He’s particularly interested in the US Constitution, the structure of governments, the ability to communicate in another language, and learning about Hispanic culture. After completing his studies, Aaron plans on entering law school to become a lawyer. He has been interested in law ever since he joined his city's mock trial team in middle school and later worked for a family law attorney. A favorite hobby of Aaron’s is being in the cougar band, as he can enjoy the BYU football and basketball games while also playing some really fun tunes.


Bowen Fuller is an American Studies major from Mesa, Arizona. Bowen plans on attending law school in the fall. Meanwhile, he enjoys playing sports with friends and spending time with his wife.


  Lilyanna Keeley is from Boise, Idaho, she’s majoring in Social Science Teaching and hoping to become a history teacher. Lily enjoys reading fantasy novels, participating in any and all outdoor activities, watching and playing sports, singing, playing piano and guitar, listening to music, and watching movies. She loves visiting new places and trying new things, even though she hasn’t traveled to many places. She loves going to the temple, spending time with family, and hanging out with all her friends.



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