2023 State of the West Symposium

Navigating Borders in North America
Date Range
Fri May 19th 2023, 12:00 - 6:00pm
Event Sponsor
The Bill Lane Center for the American West
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, Koret-Taube Conference Center Room 130
366 Galvez Street Stanford, CA 94305 United States
Admission Information

By invitation only

Stanford University’s State of the West Symposium annually takes stock of the economic and fiscal health of North America’s Western region. We gather academic researchers, business and financial leaders, elected officials, agency heads, and other stakeholders to address the well-being of the millions of Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans who dwell on the sunset side of the hundredth meridian. 

The 2023 symposium will mark the 10th joint program between the Bill Lane Center for the American West and SIEPR. It will focus on relations among the continent’s three sovereign nations, with special attention to the continuing crisis along the US-Mexican border – all of which runs through the four “frontline” western states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. 

Read the event summary here.




Friday, May 19, 2023

May 19
12 - 12:25 pm


May 19
12:25 - 12:30 pm

Welcome Remarks

Mark Duggan, Trione Director of SIEPR

David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus, Founding Faculty Co-director, Bill Lane Center for the American West

May 19
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynote

May 19
1:30 - 1:45 pm


May 19
1:45 - 3:15 pm

Panel discussion: Does the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) have a future?

Moderator - Professor Melanie Morten, Stanford

May 19
3:15 - 3:30 pm


May 19
3:30 - 5 pm

Panel discussion: Addressing the Crisis on the US-Mexico Border

May 19
5 - 6 pm