Wednesday, January 20, 2016

March 17-19: Missoula, MT: Bill Lane Center for the American West: Rural West Conference: People and Place in the Rural American West

I spoke at this conference last year; it's worth attending if you're in the area.



Dear , 
The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University will be hosting the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference from March 17-19, 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula.
The Rural West Conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together academics, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers to share knowledge and ideas about the Rural West. Attendees represent the small handful of people at their universities and organizations who work on rural issues, and the Rural West Conference has become a forum for engaging and energizing work. And we are excited to be holding this year's conference in the scenic Rocky Mountain West.
This year's conference theme is "People and Place in the Rural American West." The interconnected relationship between people and place is a defining characteristic of the rural American West. The way people experience the American West is closely connected to their sense of the West as a physical place: large coastal cities, small mountain towns, agricultural valleys, and vast stretches of uninhabited terrain. And this relationship continues to shape our understanding of the region's past, present, and future. Through panels addressing rural public opinionhousing and homelessnesshealth care and accesstribal law and policy, and public lands and natural resources, the conference seeks to revisit this basic question: how has the relationship between people and place continued to define the rural American West and its communities?
If you have any questions, please contact John J. Dougherty at
We look forward to seeing you at Rural West 2016!
John J. Dougherty, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
The Bill Lane Center for the American West
Stanford University


Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom
Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics - and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the firstConference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.
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