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Fourth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

People and Place in the Rural American West

Missoula, Montana, March 17-19

Event Supporters

Bruce E. Cain

Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director
Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University


Royce Engstrom

University of Montana


Scott Whittenburg

Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship
University of Montana


Perry Brown

University of Montana


Paul Kirgis

Alexander Blewett III School of Law Dean
University of Montana


Ray Callaway

Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems
University of Montana


Martin Blair

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Executive Director
University of Montana


Abraham Kim

Mansfield Center Director
University of Montana


Tom Seekins

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities Director
University of Montana



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.