Distinguished Speaker Initiative

In 2012, the WHA launched a Distinguished Speaker Program to recognize exceptional scholars of the American West and to establish a new source of revenue for the WHA. The initial list of distinguished speakers consists of all living past presidents. Each year, the WHA President will select five outstanding individuals to add to the list of distinguished speakers. This title will be conferred for a period of three years and is renewable. Upon completion of their terms, distinguished speakers will be designated as distinguished speaker Emeritus as will speakers who are unable to serve.

 Institutions or individuals who wish to hear a distinguished speaker will make arrangements through the executive director of the WHA, which will receive $1,000 fee for the service. The institutions will cover all travel, food and lodging expences for the speaker. It is anticipated that distinguished speakers will deliver at least one lecture a year contingent on their schedule, though they may give more if they so desire. We anticipate that the Distinguished Speaker Program will provide an important public service, highlight exemplary scholarship and help fund the WHA.

 Our current list of Distinguished Speakers (all highlighted names are linked to the speaker's contact information):

2013 Recipients:

Stephen Aron

Kathleen A. Brosnan

Jared Farmer

Anne Hyde

Speakers List:

William Deverell

Richard W. Etulain

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Samuel Truett

Louis Warren

Richard M. Brown

Iris H. W. Engstrand

Janet Fireman

Albert L. Hurtado

Margaret Jacobs

Patricia Nelson Limerick

Virginia Scharff

Sherry L. Smith

Quintard Taylor, Jr.

Elliott West

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