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Who Owns America? II conference

3-6 June 1998
Madison WI 53706
Organized and Hosted by North American Program, Land Tenure Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Ford Foundation
Otto Bremer Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Lincoln Institute

Who Owns America? II Conference is a sequel to our highly successful 1995
conference, which drew national media attention and rave reviews from
Our primary goals are:
1. Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about land and
natural resource tenure issues in Canada, Northern Mexico, and the U.S. 
2. Assemble as large and diverse a group of interested parties as possible.

Submission of ideas for presentation on all topics related to land and
natural resource tenure are welcome and encouraged. However, the following
five themes will be emphasized.

 	** A Bundle of Rights: Law, Policy and the Politics of Land
	This theme examines how law, policy and politics figure into land ownership
controversies. In addition, sessions that showcase innovative legal and
policy alternatives are encouraged. Topics might include, "Did government
create property rights and if so, can it modify these rights on behalf of
the greater good?" or "Can land values be maintained without land use controls?"

 	** Cultures, Ethics, and the Land
	This theme is designed to generate dialogue about ways in which culture,
ethics and values play themselves out in our understanding of land ownership
and control over natural resources. Influenced by race, ethnicity and
gender, culture is the sum total of our values and beliefs. Sample topics:
"How are perceptions of land tenure affected by cultural values and land
ethics?" or "What conflicts arise as a result?"

 	** For Land and Money: Economic Realities and Alternatives
	The relationship between land markets, land use regulations, and the
environment are the focus of this theme, as are sessions that explore the
interplay between economics and land tenure in the broadest sense. Topics
such as these are of interest: "Can the market alone regulate land use and
the environment?" "What obligation do lenders have, if any, apart from
meeting market-driven demands?" "How do government actions such as taxation
and regulation affect land tenure?"

 	** This Land Was My Land: Land Loss Prevention and Recovery
	This theme explores how people lose their land, what can be done to prevent
further loss, and the existing strategies for recovering land. Land loss in
North America has many faces: Midwest farmers, Native Americans (including
Native Alaskans), southern Black landowners, urban elderly, Latino colonia
residents.  Topics of particular interest include: "How can fractionated
heir property be avoided?" "Do lease arrangements play a role in land loss?"
"Can land trusts prevent land loss?"

 	** Natural Resources Ownership and Management
	Control over and use of forest, water, mineral, fish and wildlife resources
continue to generate controversy. This theme seeks to foster discussion of
natural resource ownership and management controversies, and how to avoid
them. "What are these controversies really about?" "How are dependent
communities, business interests, and future generations affected by
struggles over resource use and their outcomes?" "What are alternative ways
of approaching resource management and property rights?"

Proposals for papers, posters, and videos/films or for organizing a session
should be submitted  to:
	Gene Summers
	North American Program
	Land Tenure Center
	1357 University Avenue
	Madison, WI 53715
	fax 608/262-2141
	e-mail: ltc-nap@facstaff.wisc.edu
WEBSITE: http://ltcweb.ltc.wisc.edu/nap