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“With the general election approaching,” writes the Center’s summer research fellow Benek Robertson, “I hoped to highlight specific policy areas that could influence the general election and California politics for years to come.”

August 8, 2018 | Article
How an asthma epidemic turned Arvin, California against the oil industry.

July 27, 2018 | Presentation
A slide deck by Geoff McGhee offering helpful insight into how we define rural Western America.

The Center’s Felicity Barringer spoke to Phoenix public radio about her story on arid Baja California’s decision to use desalinated seawater to grow strawberries for export to the US.

A paper based on ideas participants discussed at the conference “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs,” addressing the five challenges that all water managers face.

In a departure from previous gatherings, the 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference took the form of an academic workshop focused on collaborative governance.

Is oil economy of Bakersfield set to follow the downward trajectory of conventional resource economies, or is renewable energy ready to fill the void?

Carson Smith
How the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples presents a path for Native American communities to have greater control over their sovereignty.

Vladimir Choloupka
How can rural western communities work together towards environmental sustainability and better health outcomes? Catch up with this overview of a conference bringing together academics, practitioners, and policymakers, held in Yakima, Washington on March

A look at visual art exploring the border and borderlands between the United States and Mexico, as a prelude to the ArtsWest conference, “Art and Culture on the US-Mexico Border: 2,000 Miles of Imagination that Unite and Divide Us.” Includes an interview

May 16, 2018 | Report
An annotated bibliography of over 40 sources detailing art and artists that are emerging around the US-Mexico border, in connection with the ArtsWest event, Art and Culture on the US-Mexico Border: 2,000 Miles of Imagination that Unite and Divide Us, on M

A decades-long fight for the control of water has divided this quaint ocean county into two sides—one in support of private ownership of water, the other for public.

Aaron Kehoe and Kurt Hickman
Students who joined the Sophomore College course Water and Power in the Pacific Northwest: The Columbia River traveled to the Columbia River valley to understand the interplay between water, energy and human populations.

While extant works have documented public receptivity towards wind turbines extensively in developed democracies, we examine these claims in China, who leads the world’s wind energy market and faces rising environmental NIMBYism

Jose Bolorinos, Newsha Ajami, Robert B. Jackson
A “policy-informed” life cycle assessment of a cross-border electricity supply chain that links the impact of each unit process to its governing policy framework. An assessment method is developed and applied to the California–Mexico energy exchange.

This public symposium celebrated the rise of notable western women artists during the last century and the prospects for achieving gender parity in the western art scene today.

The Bill Lane Center invited members of the Stanford community and others to join in addressing how we can best marshal the resources of Stanford University to contribute to the improvement of wellness and health care delivery in the Rural West.

Both parties agree that the country has serious infrastructure needs—but even with a new proposal on the table, we may end up with next to nothing, writes Bruce Cain.

The lives and careers of 34 prominent and remarkable woman visual artists, specifically those who hail from, call home, were educated, or spent their professional careers producing art in the American West.

Why did Silicon Valley take off in the postwar era? Who was responsible for its explosive development? And where is the Valley headed? A conversation about Leslie Berlin's latest book, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.


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