Elliott West received his B.A. from the University of Texas (1967) and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (1971). He joined the U of A faculty in 1979. Two of his books, Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier (1989) and The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (1995) received the Western Heritage Award. The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (1998) received five awards including the Francis Parkman Prize and PEN Center Award.
In 1995 West was awarded the U of A Teacher of the Year and the Carnegie Foundation‘s Arkansas Professor of the Year. In 2001 he received the Baum Faculty Teaching Award, and in 2009 he was one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award recognizing the outstanding teacher in the nation.
The CENTER FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES at Northwestern University was established in 2006. In 2010 it was named the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies or CCHS.
Each academic year the Center hosts
Upcoming CHS events can be viewed by clicking on EVENTS on the CHS banner.
The CHS has much to offer graduate students in History. Each year the Center selects two CCHS Graduate Fellows. Their fellowship includes organizing a one-day faculty and graduate student conference on a significant historical topic pertinent to their research, with an eminent keynote speaker from outside NU (see FELLOWSHIPS). An innovative program of international doctoral workshops was initiated by the CHS in 2008-2009 with events in Ireland and Germany (click on CONFERENCES for more details).
For undergraduates (both History majors and across the university) the CCHS Leopold Fellowship program offers the opportunity and means to work closely with primary historical materials under the guidance of faculty, doing actual archival faculty research and learninghow to transform raw data into historical interpretation. The first group of ten undergraduate Leopold Fellows started work in 2008-2009. The number of applications rose to 40 for 9 spots in 2009-2010, attesting to the popularity of the program. Click on LEOPOLD FELLOWS to learn more.
The CCHS also sponsors the History Society,
a gathering of undergrads from across the university,
mainly History majors, who are interested in learning
more about and discussing historians' work.
Meeting of the Society in Spring 2011,
including co-chair Sarah Smierciak,
Rhodes Scholarship recipient.
The Center is currently administered by a director, an assistant director, and a faculty advisory council.
Click on PEOPLE to learn more. Questions can be directed via e-mail to email@example.com.
The Center is located in HARRIS HALL
at 1881 SHERIDAN RD.,
Suite L 27 (lower level).
The main CCHS telephone is 847-467-0885.
CCHS, Northwestern University,
1881 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, IL 60208-2220.