Past Symposia

2022-2023 Religion in the North American West Pending  Brandi Denison and Brett Hendrickson, eds.
Co-sponsored wit the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
2021-2022 Campuses and Colonialism Pending Stephen Kantrowitz, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, eds. Co-sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and Emory University
2019-2020 Global Environmental Borderlands in the Age of Empire Pending Robert Batchelor, David Bello, and Ryan Jones, eds. Sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies


Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanization

University of Oklahoma Press, 2022

Kent Blansett, Cathleen Cahill, and Andrew Needham, eds.  

Co-sponsored with New York University 


Understanding Global Migration 

Stanford University Press, 2022

Neil Foley and James Hollifield, eds. 

Co-sponsored with the  John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU


Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West

University Press of Kansas, 2018

Pablo Mitchell and Katrina Jagodinsky, eds.  

Co-sponsored with the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s History Department and Center for Great Plains Studies 

Fall 2016

Why Standing Rock Matters: Can Oil and Water Mix?

Public Forum 

Farina King, Neil Foley, Steve Denson, Ruth Ann Elmore, co-organizers 

With support from SMU's Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, the William P. Clements Department of History, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute though the Scott-Hawkins Fund,and the Center for Presidential History


These Ragged Edges: Histories of Violence Along the U.S.-Mexican Border  

The David J. Weber Series in New Borderlands History with the University of North Carolina Press, 2022

Andrew R. Torget and Gerardo Gurza-Lavalle, eds. 

In partnership with Instituto Mora of Mexico City, and with support from SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the Latino Cultural Center, a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs


Food Across Borders

Rutgers University Press, 2017

Melanie DuPuis, Matt Garcia, and Don Mitchell, eds. 

Co-sponsored with the Comparative Border Studies Program at Arizona State University


Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States

University of California Press, February 2015.

Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill, eds.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center


Linking the Histories of Slavery: North America & its Borderlands

SAR Press, 2015

James F. Brooks and Bonnie Martin, eds.

Co-sponsored with the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe


Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarceration, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance

University of North Carolina Press, 2019

Robert T. Chase, ed.

Co-sponsored with the Center of the America West, University of Colorado


The Contested Spaces of Early America

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014

Juliana Barr and Edward Countryman, eds.

Co-sponsored with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania


On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest

University of California Press, 2012

David Wallace Adams and Crista Deluzio, eds.

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico and the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center


Sunbelt Rising
The Politics of Space, Place, and Region

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011

Darren Dochuk and Michelle Nickerson, eds.

Co-sponsored with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West


Indians & Energy: 
Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest

SAR Press, 2010

James F. Brooks and Sherry L. Smith, eds.

Co-sponsored with the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe


Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories

Duke University Press, 2010

Benjamin H. Johnson and Andrew R. Graybill, eds.

Co-sponsored with Department of History at Simon Fraser University


Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands

Duke University Press, 2009

Alexis McCrossen, ed.


The Political Culture of the New West

University Press of Kansas, 2008

Jeff Roche, ed.

With support from SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies


Memories and Migrations: Mapping Boricua and Chicana Histories

University of Illinois Press, 2008

John  R. Chavez and Vicki Ruiz, eds.


Continental Crossroads: 
Remapping U.S. - Mexico Borderlands History

Duke University Press, 2004

Samuel Truett and Elliott Young, eds.


Choice, Persuasion, and Coercion: Social Control on New Spain's North American Frontiers

University of New Mexico Press, 2005

Frank de la Teja and Ross Frank, eds.


The Future of the Southern Plains

University of Oklahoma Press, 2003

Sherry L. Smith, ed.

2000 Sacred Space: Man and the Divine in Mexico, Central American, and the Southwestern United States  Forthcoming With essays by David J. Weber, Mike Adler, David Freidel, James Early, and William Taylor Co-sponsored with SMU's Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, the Dallas Historical Society, and the Mexican Institute for International Cooperation, including photo exhibit at Dallas Fair Park by photographer Carolyn Brown.  


The Culture of Tourism, the Tourism of Culture

University of New Mexico Press, 2004

Hal Rothman, ed.


Zaldívar and the Cattle of Cíbola: Vicente de Zaldívar’s Expedition to the Buffalo Plains in 1598, the Spanish Texts

Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 1999

Jerry R. Craddock, ed., and  John H. R. Polt, trans.

Co-sponsored with Research Center for Romance Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Confluent Passions: Eanger Irving Couse's Collection of Historic Pueblo Pottery & Related Photographic Studies for Paintings 

Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, 1998

Philip Van Keuren, ed.

Co-sponsored with the Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU


The American Southwest -- Old Horizons, New Vistas

The Inaugural 1996 Annual Public Symposium

Opening remarks by Patricia Limerick.  Presenters:  Ramón Gutiérrez, Bill Goetzmann, and Bill Reese.

Accompanying the symposium was a special exhibit of the works of the Native American artist John Nieto.