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Jul 7 2015 | Center News
The July/August issue of Stanford Magazine features the Center's undergraduate course The American West, which was offered for the second time during the spring quarter.
Jun 29 2015 | Research Notes
From the late 1960s and well into the 1980s, the pages of the magazine reflected the changing West. Sunset also dived deeply into two especially critical subjects that are getting considerable attention at the Center today: the California Coast and water.
May 28 2015 | Research Notes
John J. Dougherty joined the Center as a Postdoctoral Scholar after receiving his PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California-Berkeley. He is working on a book manuscript entitled "Flooded by Progress," a history of hydropower's transformation of the Columbia River Basin.
Apr 9 2015 | Research Notes
A team of Center researchers and students looked to the states' periodic water plans as a window to understanding the range of practices and philosophies. Their analysis has just been published in the California Journal of Politics and Policy.
Mar 25 2015 | Storybench | Research Notes
Dee Fellow Cameron Blevins has built an interactive data visualization exploring the growth of the nation's postal system as part of his study of the United States' western expansion.
Feb 3 2015 | Center News
With the Knight-Risser Prize Symposium coming to Stanford on February 25, we present an interview with the prize winners, Steve Ringman and Craig Welch of the Seattle Times, who will be honored for their work on the series "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn."
Dec 16 2014 | Center News
As the second- and 10th-largest energy producer in the United States and in the world, respectively, Wyoming provided a unique backdrop for the Bill Lane Center for the American West's 2014 Sophomore College course.

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