Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West


Las Vegas and Boulder City, NV



July 12 - July 24, 2020 (2 Weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Anthony Arrigo



"Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West" examines the history and future of this 20th century marvel. You will get the opportunity to visit the dam site itself, as well as Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Valley of Fire, and other locations. You will learn about how Hoover Dam relates to politics, economics, labor, Native American culture, westward migration, the Great Depression, technology, the environment, and more. We explore how the story of Hoover Dam can be instructional of a variety of humanities-oriented themes that reach well beyond its celebrated feats of engineering.

Project Director(s)

Anthony Arrigo

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

William Bauer, Deanna Beachley, Sally Denton, Paul Gilmore, Michael Green, Karen Harry, Donald C. Jackson, Andrew Kirk, John W. Shields, Michelle Follette Turk, Claytee White, Richard Guy Wilson

Grantee Institution

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth