2017 Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High St.
Columbus Ohio, United States
Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:00 AM CST to Sunday, July 30, 2017
Theme: Rural Peoples in a Volatile World: Disruptive Agents and Adaptive Strategies
The 2017 meeting will focus on the ways in which rural peoples cope with a wide range of disruptive events. They could be economic downturns, severe storms and droughts (e.g. climate change), the arrival of outside investors, or wars. Clearly, the strategies for coping vary by class and other related disadvantages, making some people much more vulnerable to the deliberate machinations of elites as well as to the almost random turns of events like storms and droughts.
Embedded within this larger theme would be several subthemes. One would be continuing this year’s focus on class and examine the special challenges facing disadvantaged rural peoples in these moments of change. Another might look at the special politics of change during these crises and the ways that they affect rural peoples.
Lisa R. Pruitt, University of California Davis was part of an interview entitled "Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions" which was heard on NPR's Morning Edition on December 26, 2016. To hear the entire discussion or read the transcript follow this link.