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Rural West Initiative

Eccles Family Rural West Conference

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 6:00am to Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:00am
University of Montana
Missoula, MT

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On March 17-19, the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University will be hosting the Fourth Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula.

The Rural West Conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together academics, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers to share knowledge and ideas about the Rural West. Many of us are one of a small handful of people at our universities and organizations who work on rural issues, and the Rural West Conference has become a forum for engaging and energizing work. And we are excited to be holding this year's conference in the scenic Rocky Mountain West.

This year's conference theme will be “People and Place in the Rural American West.” The interconnected relationship between people and place is a defining characteristic of the rural American West. The way people experience the American West is closely connected to their sense of the West as a physical place: large coastal cities, small mountain towns, agricultural valleys, and vast stretches of uninhabited terrain. And this relationship continues to shape our understanding of the region’s past, present, and future. Through panels addressing rural public opinion, housing and homelessness, health care and access, tribal law and policy, and public lands and natural resources, the conference seeks to revisit this basic question: how has the relationship between people and place continued to define the rural American West and its communities?We look forward to seeing you at the conference.





The Rural West Initiative and the Rural West Conference are projects of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation.

Contact Info

John J. Dougherty, Postdoctoral Scholar