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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 24, 2015

Environmental Histories of Latin America

Faculty Workshop at Stanford – Open to the Public

CESTA Conference Room
Wallenberg Hall, Fourth Floor

Organized by the historian and Center affiliate Mikael Wolfe and by Lisa Sedrez of the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, this daylong conference brings together leading scholars of environmental history to discuss their work and the state of the field in the United States and Latin America. 
Open to the Public
Monday, April 27, 2015

Bathtub Rings and Climate Change: Facing the Realities of the West's Water Crisis

Talk by the Author and Former Federal Official Daniel P. Beard

Shriram Center
Room 104

Daniel P. Beard served as commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, as Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus, as a White House adviser, and in many other senior government and corporate positions. A passionate advocate for water policy reform, he is also the author of Deadbeat Dams, a new book that calls for the abolition of his former agency and the removal of the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River. Mr. Beard will talk about his career, his book, and his thoughts on the future of western water. This event is co-sponsored by Water in the West.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence

Conference by Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov)

Bechtel Conference Room
Encina Hall

Young individuals from poor communities throughout Latin American and U.S. cities are exposed to a violent environment full of gateways into the world of criminality. Along with partners, the Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) at Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will hold a two-day conference to discuss the dimensions of youth and criminal violence in Latin American and U.S. cities and share pathways to hope.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

American Cool: An Outlaw Sensibility for a Consumer Society

Lunchtime Talk with the Author and Cultural Scholar Joel Dinerstein

Oak Lounge West
Tresidder Memorial Union, Second Floor

Joel Dinerstein was the curator of American Cool, a photography, popular culture, and American Studies exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that ran for seven months, as well as the primary author of its catalogue. The James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University, Dinerstein will talk about the exhibit and his research into the origins of "cool" as a concept and potent cultural export.
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Recent Events

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The California Drought

Water in the West Panel Discussion at Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School

Three experts will discuss the causes, policy implications, and possible responses to California’s ongoing drought, including what a fourth year of drought will mean for the state. 
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015 – Friday, March 06, 2015

Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West

Rural West Conference in Troutdale, Oregon

McMenamins Edgefield

An annual event put on by Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West.  This year's Rural West Conference will take place in Troutdale, Oregon, a town situated at the gateway to the Columbia Gorge, and will have the theme "Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West."  
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Friday, February 27, 2015

A Century of Unnatural Disaster in River and Floodplain Management

Lunch talk with the author and legal scholar Sandra Zellmer

Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
Environment & Energy Building, Room 300

The author and legal scholar Sandra Zellmer will present an environmental and legal history of the Basin based on her new book with co-author Christine Klein, Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster. She will raise issues familiar to Californians—including water manipulation, wetlands loss and subsidence, soil erosion, risk management, and federal flood insurance.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Knight-Risser Prize Symposium: Troubled Waters

Award Presentation and Panel Discussion on the Seattle Times's "Sea Change"

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
Stanford University

Please join us in celebrating Steve Ringman, Craig Welch, and the Seattle Times, winners of the 2014 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for their report "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn." Along with the award presentation and reception, the event will feature a panel of journalists and educators assessing the state of enviromental investigative journalism. 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunset and Cry California: Unlikely Magazine Allies in 1960s Environmentalism

Lunchtime Talk by Visiting Scholar Bill Marken

Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2)
Room 300

The Center's Visiting Scholar Bill Marken, the former editor-in-chief of Sunset magazine, gives a lunchtime talk about the surprising overlap in coverage in the early 1960s between his publication and the outspoken journal of a small environmental organization. Lunch will be available for registered attendees.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

State of the West Symposium

Fourth 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