Reflecting on a Year of Transition and Growth

Idaho's Lava Lake Ranch, taken in September 2012 by Sophomore College Student Annie Kong

As 2012 comes to a close, we at the Bill Lane Center for the American West have much to celebrate.

We hope you'll take a moment to read faculty director David M. Kennedy's letter summing up the year. In addition, you may enjoy the following articles about our work and activities:

This is a year of leadership transitions for us. Kathy Zonana joined the Center in September as associate director, taking over administrative leadership from Jon Christensen, who has taken up a post at UCLA. The Center remains involved in Jon's CityNature and Year of the Bay projects, and we are grateful to still benefit from his energy and wisdom. Next summer, the distinguished political scientist Bruce E. Cain will take over as faculty director. David Kennedy will remain actively involved in the life of the Center, and we all look forward to the next chapter in our history.

In the meantime, we have a slew of activities planned for winter quarter: lunchtime seminars with political science professor Scott Sagan and visiting scholars Edward Melillo and Ruth Morgan; a talk by award-winning author, New York Times opinion blogger and former Center media fellow Tim Egan; and the Knight-Risser Prize symposium, celebrating High Country News for its feature on pronghorn migration and discussing the state of wildlife journalism.

Details on these events will be forthcoming, and we hope to see you at many of them. Meanwhile, please accept our warm Western wishes for a wonderful holiday season.