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Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Friday, July 29, 2016

The California Local Governance Summer Institute @ Stanford

Professional Seminar for Western Local Government Officials

Stanford University

This week-long summer institute at Stanford University is open to city managers, county executives, regional directors, and other senior local government officials from throughout the West. They will have the opportunity to exchange and acquire tools for improving local government performance and ways of enhancing prospective analytical capacity to innovate and anticipate societal change.
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Recent Events

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Energy 360: California’s Groundbreaking New 2015 Energy and Climate Laws

Panel discussion on what new laws mean for California and beyond

Stanford Law School, Room 190

The California Legislature has just passed an extraordinary set of new energy and climate-related laws. This session will be a lively discussion of what passed and what did not, why, and what this means for California and beyond, especially for the international COP21 in Paris in December.
Open With Registration
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Does Digital Humanities Scholarship Count?

Panel discussion at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis
Wallenberg Hall 
Fourth Floor, Room 433A

Digital humanities scholars from the fields of English literature, geography, and history discuss the challenge of finding a place in academic publishing for digital publications. Participating in the panel will be Nicholas Bauch, a former Center postdoctoral fellow who produced the first digital scholarly work accepted for publication by the Stanford University Press.
Open to the Public
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Navigating Uncharted Territory: Mel Lane and the Formative Years of the California Coastal Commission

Lunchtime talk by Historian and Center Researcher Todd Holmes

Lane History Corner
Room 200-205

Todd Holmes, a Center researcher and historian, will discuss the formative years of the California Coastal Commission and the important roles that Chairman Mel Lane and other key staff members played in this state agency after its creation in 1972. 
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

State of the West Symposium 2015

Fifth Annual Conference on the Economic and Fiscal Health of Western North America

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building
Koret-Taube Conference Center
Stanford University

The North American West is among the world's most dynamic regions. It has been a source of innovation and growth and can be an engine of economic recovery. We hope you can join us for this special gathering of scholars, policymakers, investors, and business people in a vibrant conversation about the economic and fiscal prospects of the western United States, western Canada, and Mexico.
Invitation Only
Monday, November 09, 2015 – Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Chinese and the Transcontinental Railroad

Bilingual exhibit of photographs by Li Ju

Second Floor Gallery
Packard Electrical Engineering Building

The Chinese who helped build the Central Pacific Railroad played a key role in creating the fortune with which Leland Stanford founded Stanford University. The photographer Li Ju travelled along the railroad route four times, revisiting scenes captured by nineteenth-century photographer Alfred Hart and documenting his journey with new photographs of his own.  This exhibit of historical and contemporary images honors the achievements of these workers.
Open to the Public
Monday, October 26, 2015

Craig Santos Perez: From Unincorporated Territory [guma’]

Poetry Reading by the 2015 American Book Award Winner

Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall
Building 460, 4th Floor

Please join us for a poetry reading by the celebrated writer, scholar and educator Craig Santos Perez. He will be reading from his 2015 American Book Award-winning collection of poetry, From unincorporated territory [guma’]. Presented by the Stanford American Studies Program and co-sponsored by The Bill Lane Center for the American West, the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the Native American Cultural Center, Stanford University.
Open to the Public