Hamish Lutris on the American West: A Four Week Series

Acclaimed professor, Hamish Lutris will return to Noble Horizons to teach the second in a four-part series on the American West. This free class will meet on Tuesday from 10-11:30am on January 15 in the Learning Center.

The title of the January 15 class is Gone to Texas: The Civil War and the West. Lutris explores the effects of the war on the West, including mapping it, conquering hostile native tribes, settling refugees and farmers, and developing technology to complete the conquest.  

The title of the January 22 class is Hell on Wheels: The Wild West. It focuses on the period between 1850s until the 1890s when the West was a dangerous place. Lutris will discuss three aspects of that danger: cattle, which drew cowboys and big business out west; Indians, who contested that expansion doggedly; and the railroad, which served to draw the nation together and subjugate Native Americans.  

His final class on January 29 is Sodbusters and Colleges: The Winning of the West which focuses on the immigration, technologies, and political actions that made possible the taming of the vast land that we call the West.

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