The epic saga of Big Basin began in the late 1800s when the surrounding communities saw their once "inexhaustible" redwood forests vanishing. Expanding railways demanded timber as they crisscrossed...
Traci Bliss, Paul G. Nauert (moderator)
Thu January 20th 2022
Based on Professor Gavin Jones's recent book about John Steinbeck, this conversation will consider the author's relevance to our contemporary world and his interest in pressing issues such as climate...
Professor Gavin Jones (Stanford University), Professor Daniel Lanza Rivers (San Jose State University)
Thu November 18th 2021
Author Blaine Harden stops by the Bill Lane Center to speak about myths and his book "Murder at the Mission"
Tue August 10th 2021
About the Book Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by...
Thu June 17th 2021
Cameron Blevins, former Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, will stop by to the Lane Center to discuss his new book, Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West. Blevins will be joined...
Tue June 8th 2021
Join the Bill Lane Center and the Palo Alto City Library for a virtual author event with Jeanette Arakawa, as she discusses her autobiographical novel, The Little Exile, based on her own experience as...
Thu May 27th 2021
Join Palo Alto City Library and the Bill Lane Center for the American West are hosting a conversation between Rev. Kaloma Smith and author Julie Lythcott-Haims as they discuss antiracism in a...
Sat May 22nd 2021
The State of the West Symposium is a gathering at Stanford to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the Western region. Since 2011, the symposium has featured academic researchers, business...
Thu May 13th 2021
Lukas Felzmann, an artist and Affiliate Scholar at the Bill Lane Center, has been working on a new photographic archive of California. As an extension of this practice he is inviting other artists to...
Wed May 5th 2021
For thousands of years, fishing has been the central livelihood of the Yurok people, California’s largest indigenous tribe. But after eight dams were built between 1900 and 1962 on the Klamath River...
Wed April 28th 2021