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Rural West 2014

Rethinking the Rural-Urban Divide in the Modern West
Fri April 4th - Sat April 5th 2014, All day
Stanford, CA

For nearly two centuries, the rural-urban divide has served as one of the great dichotomies in both the conceptual and organizational structuring of the United States; and perhaps in no region more than the American West. This conference seeks to complicate such characterizations in the modern West and explore the increasingly porous nature of the rural-urban divide in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Moreover, the event promises to offer an important intellectual bridge between urban and rural scholars within the West, aiming to advance an interdisciplinary discussion on the interconnected relationship between the region’s cities and its countryside.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Apr 4
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Panel 1: Agriculture's New Landscapes: From Rural Fields to Urban Gardens

Andre Robichaud
Stanford University

Julie Guthman
UC Santa Cruz

Ann Thrupp
Director, UC Berkeley Food Institute

J. Arbuckle
Iowa State University

Patrick Archie

Apr 4
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Panel 2: Economies in the Countryside

Jonathan Simon
UC Berkeley

Bryan Holmes
Assoc. Warden, California State Prison, Mule Creek

Mike Koewler
Owner, Sacramento Rendering Company

Michael Kahan
Stanford University

John McChesney

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Apr 5
9:00 - 11:00 am

Panel 3: Labor Regimes and the Shifting Politics of Immigration

Kathy Olmstead
UC Davis

Kelly Richter
Stanford University

Matt Garcia
Arizona State University

Mario Sifuentez

Apr 5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Panel 4: Politics and the Changing Demographic Tide

Iris Hui

Arjun Wilkins

Gary Segura

Bruce Cain

Apr 5
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Panel 5: Problems of Fluidity: Water in the Modern West

Burke Griggs
Stanford; University of Kansas

Brad Udall
University of Colorado

Ellen Hanak

Leon Szeptycki

Apr 5
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Panel 6: Booms and Busts: Housing the Golden

Hugo Lefebvre

Destin Jenkins
Stanford Graduate Student

Larry Rosenthal
UC Berkeley

Fred Stout