Media and Publications
The Center's faculty director designate, Bruce Cain, discussed the 2012 election results on KQED Radio's "Forum" with Michael Krasny, political consultant Chris Lehane, and former Center executive director Tammy Frisby of the Hoover Institution.
The Center's incoming faculty director, Bruce Cain, was a guest on KQED Radio's "Forum" with Michael Krasny, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
From Wired.com: "Looking for the future? Traditionally in North America, that’s been found West. But is there something about the area that helps it generate leading thought and novelty? Jon Christensen, the Executive Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford, stops by to discuss."View External Content »
On a media fellowship from the Center, Lisa M. Hamilton spent much of 2011 criscrossing California, capturing offbeat portraits of the state's remarkable scenery and seeking out stories about the diverse residents of what she calls "the other California."Read More »
The Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research co-hosted the second annual State of the West Symposium on November 15. The symposium included panels on political demography, the regional economy, and climate change.Read More »
The first annual State of the West Symposium featured a timely lunchtime address by John C. Williams, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank's vice president and director of research. Williams said that the nation's economic recovery has reached "escape velocity," and that while the West suffered some of the worst impacts of the Great Recession, the region can lead the way to recovery, through technology and exports.Read More »
"Conservation for the land or for the species? Spatial and temporal relationships between protected areas and threatened and endangered species"
Spatial History Project, Winter 2013
This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Wired Science, Dec. 5, 2012. Wired Magazine cites data visualization by our Comparative Wests project as one of the Best Scientific Figures of 2012.
Stanford News Service, Nov. 29, 2012
By Max McClure
Already an interdisciplinary hub for regional studies of the West, the Bill Lane Center has also become a journalistic destination, partnering with newspapers and making forays into academic reporting.View External Content »
Stanford News Service, Nov. 21, 2012
By Max McClure
The State of the West Symposium, hosted by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, featured a discussion of the Western United States' future of extreme heat, declining snowpack, and what it all means for the region's industry, electricity generation and policy.View External Content »
Catalysta Interchange, Nov. 4, 2012
By Heather Scofield
On the heels of two years of preparation, the Bill Lane Center gathered more than 50 professionals for two days of intense talks surrounding issues impacting the rural West. The conference was not superficial, or designed for networking and socializing. It was a two-day event where some of today’s most pressing national issues and concerns were seriously engaged.View External Content »
Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 3 Summer 2012
PBS MediaShift's Collaboration Central, Sept. 26, 2012
By Max McClure, Stanford News Service
A new interactive website – a collaboration between Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West and KQED's QUEST, using research from the San Francisco Estuary Institute – offers non-specialists an intriguing glimpse into the historical Delta.View External Content »
Stanford News Service, June 4, 2012
By Brooke Donald, Stanford News Service
During a discussion at the Freeman Spogli Institute, foreign policy experts say elections can turn on international issues, debunking the dictum that 'all politics is local.'View External Content »
Stanford News Service, June 1, 2012
By Camille Brown, Stanford News Service
Mapping Texts, a collaboration between Stanford University and the University of North Texas, allows scholars to explore visualizations of language patterns embedded in almost two centuries of Texas newspapers.View External Content »
San Francisco Chronicle's Sunday Insight Section, Jan. 29, 2012
By Lisa M. Hamilton
"With these stories, I would simply reintroduce rural California to the rest of us. The result is not a comprehensive survey - that would be a life's work or more. Nor is it a portfolio of outliers and unusual looking people, as is often the case with portraits of unfamiliar places."View External Content »
Stanford News Service, Jan. 13, 2012
"The Stanford Historical Society, one of the sponsors of the event, has as one of its missions to study and understand 'the ideals of the university's founders.' Rarely if ever has the university's founder gotten such a drubbing at one of the society's gatherings. Stanford knew nothing about railroads, nor did any of the railroad barons, according to White."View External Content »
High Country News, December 12, 2011
"Notes from the Data Revolution"Malofiej 18 Infographics Collection (Pamplona: Index Book, 2011)
(Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013)
Bill Lane was a Californian whose life spanned a vital period of the state's emergence as the embodiment (or symbol) of the country's aspirations. His recollections offer readers a rich slice of the history of California and the West in the 20th century. Recounting his boyhood move from Iowa to California after his father purchased Sunset magazine in 1928, and his subsequent rise through the ranks of Sunset, Bill Lane's memoir evokes the American West that his magazine helped to shape.Read More »
Presentation to Tableau Software in Seattle, Washington on July 30, 2012.