Politics, culture, and contested places

A symposium at Dartmouth College, April 7–8, 2019

rural nebraska
Solomon D. Butcher (1909), Library of Congress / Nebraska State Historical Society

Few points on the national landscape are as frequently debated in contemporary political conversations as rural America—and yet what is actually understood to define that place is rarely examined in a popular discourse that is often centered in and on metropolitan communities. Bringing together a unique and interdisciplinary group of experts spanning a range of fields both within and outside of the academy, for a two-day symposium at Dartmouth College, Ruralities: Politics, Culture, and Contested Places offers a broad challenge to those overly-familiar and ultimately reductive characterizations. In turn, it ask us to think anew: who, what, and where is “rural America”? The answers may surprise us—and, with the 2020 election fast approaching, have never been so urgent.

Schedule of events

Sunday, April 7 · 5:00 pm · Hopkins Center

Film screening, Hale County This Morning, This Evening with commentary by director RaMell Ross in conversation with Desirée Garcia, Dartmouth LALACS/Film and Media Studies. More information and tickets→

Monday, April 8 · 4:30 pm · Haldeman 041

Public roundtable discussion, “Rethinking politics in rural America,” with John Eason, Lily Geismer, Sarah Jones, Kate Logan, and Levi Van Sant. Moderated by Garrett Dash Nelson and Max Fraser. Free.



Society of Fellows, Department of Geography, and Department of History, with the support of the Hopkins Center for the Arts