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Fourth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

People and Place in the Rural American West

Missoula, Montana, March 17-19


Click the panel names for full descriptions, or go to the panels page.

(Note: Panel times and panel order might change.  If they do, we'll update the schedule below.)

Thursday, March 17

4:30–5:00 pm:  Registration

5:00–7:00 pm:  Informal reception featuring keynote speaker David M. Kennedy.

Friday, March 18

8:15–8:30 am:  Registration (for folks who can't attend the Thursday night reception)

8:30-9:00 am:  Breakfast with conference welcoming by Bruce E. Cain, Eccles Family Faculty Director of Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West

9:15–10:45 am:  Panel 1: Issues in the Rural West

10:45–11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00–12:30 pm:  Panel 2: A Western Sense of Place: Definitions, Relationships, and Expressions

12:30–1:45 pm:  Lunch featuring keynote address by Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

2:00–3:30 pm:  Panel 3: Home(less) on the Range: Rural Housing and Homelessness

3:30–3:45 pm:  Snack break

3:45 pm–5:15 pm:  Panel 4: Perspectives on Tribal Law and Policy in the Rural West

6:30 pm–8:00 pm:  Dinner with keynote speaker Lisa R. Pruitt in The Governor’s Room in downtown Missoula (111 North Higgins)

Saturday, March 19

8:30–9:00 am:  Breakfast

9:00–10:30 am:  Panel 5: Rural Health and Access  

10:30–10:45 am:  Coffee break

10:45–12:15 pm:  Panel 6: “This Land is My Land:” Use and Allocation of Public Lands and Natural Resources 

12:15–1:30 pm: Lunch and closing remarks by Bruce E. Cain




Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom
Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.