Celebrate the West

  Growth, politics and the future of the region will come under scrutiny at a "Celebrate the West" conference in Jackson, Wyo., Nov. 5-7. The conference honors Western historian and author Alvin M. Josephy Jr., who has helped Indians establish their voice in the telling of Western history. The gathering at the National Wildlife Art Museum features a wide variety of Western activists, journalists and writers including keynote speaker Josephy; Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough; Arapaho leader Michelle Robinson from Butte, Mont.; George Horse Capture, assistant director for cultural resources at the National Museum of the American Indian; Tim Egan, Western bureau chief for The New York Times; Jack Loeffler, National Public Radio correspondent from New Mexico; Ric Burns, documentary film producer; and Betsy and Ed Marston, editor and publisher of High Country News. There will also be readings by writers Gary Snyder, Terry Tempest Williams and William Kittredge, among others. The Snake River Institute of Jackson Hole is sponsoring the conference as part of a four-year series called Nature, Culture, and Human Values. For details, contact the Snake River Institute at 307/733-2214.