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In August, the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences will step down and return to teaching. An appreciation by Joy Leighton.
The American Political Science Association (APSA) has named the Center’s director, Bruce Cain, its member of the month for June 2018. Professor Cain answered a brief Q&A with the association’s website.
The 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference took the form of an academic workshop focused on collaborative governance. Panels explored how collaboration in rural communities can foster greater environmental sustainability and better health outcomes.
Jun 15 2018 | Happenings
An ArtsWest symposium on May 18 focused on how art and music are shaping social, cultural and political identity in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Jun 7 2018 | Center News
The Center is deeply saddened to report that our friend and former colleague, John McChesney, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, June 5 in Santa Rosa.
Jun 6 2018 | Happenings
Video: under the theme of collaborative governance, the sixth Eccles Family Rural West Conference focused on how different actors can work together to craft solutions to issues like water allocation, wildfire management, and rural health.
A new poll of California voters by Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West shows that despite its reputation as a liberal state, the California political profile is mixed and diverse. Appealing to female voters and independents are pivotal this election season.

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Jul 20 2018 | Out West student blog
“Wielding acronyms in conversation makes it easy to speak quickly,” says Maggie Wood, an intern at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but it’s “nearly impossible for outsiders to enter the conversation.” Fortunately, she got up to speed ASAP.
Jul 20 2018 | Center News
Summer is almost always a time of transition at Stanford. With commencement behind us, we’d like to take stock of some significant comings and goings in the Bill Lane Center for the American West community.
Jul 19 2018 | Out West student blog
“Filing a ballot measure petition,” says NCSL intern Eliza Steffen, “Can be a complex and idiosyncratic process.” She’s working with colleagues to create a catalog of referendum systems in 24 states.