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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Monday, November 28, 2016

California: The Art of Water

Exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center 
Stanford University

California: The Art of Water examines the way artists and photographers have portrayed one of California's most precious resources over the last two centuries.  The exhibition features over 50 works of water subjects by eminent artists, including Ansel Adams, Albert Bierstadt, David Hockney, Richard Misrach, Carleton Watkins, and others.
Open to the Public
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 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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Monday, September 19, 2016

Jack London: Apostle of the American West

Centennial Celebration, Symposium, and Exhibition at Stanford

Stanford Faculty Club
Gold Lounge

A public program marking the 100th anniversary of the prolific author and journalist Jack London's death in 1916. The event will include panel discussions on his unique biography and the history and culture of the turn of the century American West, and will present a small exhibition of London memorabilia.
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Recent Events

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Writing "Silicon Valley"

A Conversation with Carrie Kemper, Stanford Alumna and Writer and Producer for the Emmy-Nominated HBO Series

Oak Lounge East, Tresidder Memorial Union
Stanford University

A lunch conversation with Carrie Kemper, writer and producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Silicon Valley.” The program is a comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s. This event is sold out but will be recorded and available afterward on our website.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"Sliver of a Full Moon"

Public Performance on Meyer Green, Panel Discussion Next Day

Meyer Green
Stanford University

Sliver of a Full Moon, written by playwright and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle of the Cherokee Nation, is a portrayal of justice under the rule of law – the story of a movement to restore safety and access to justice to indigenous women in the U.S.
Open to the Public
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Drawing Lessons from Regulatory and Collaborative Approaches to Water Management in Western United States and Canada

Paper Sessions at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

San Francisco Hilton Hotel
Union Square 18, 4th Floor

This two-part session of paper presentations asks: how have western water institutions and management practices adapted? What new techniques have been developed to support alternative resource management goals?
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Saturday, March 19, 2016

Eccles Family Rural West Conference

Fourth Annual Conference – University of Montana in Missoula

University of Montana

This year’s conference will be focused on defining people and place in the rural American West, through panels addressing public health and access, housing and homelessness, natural resource use and allocation, and Indian policy.
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

An Agenda Beyond Immigration: Latinos and the Politics of Climate Change

Lunchtime talk by Stella Rouse, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Brandon Room
Black Community Services Center

Professor Rouse will discuss a new paper which analyzes survey data from 2014 and 2015 on the opinions of Latino Millennials with respect to climate change policies and how personal experience with weather and disaster events may affect their attitudes. Lunch will be provided.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tracking a Lost Voice: The Chinese Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad

Talk by Gordon Chang and Shelley Fisher-Fishkin

Jordan Hall Auditorium
Building 420, Room 40
Stanford University

The history of Chinese railroad workers in the West is a transnational story, told from both U.S. and Chinese perspectives, that the Chinese Railroad Workers Project tries to document and share. As co-directors of the project, Prof. Chang and Prof. Fishkin will talk about how the project gives a voice to these Chinese migrants through an online digital archive available to all, along with books, digital visualizations, conferences, and public events.
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