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Geography Events

We're passionate about geography, and know you are too. In addition to the learning we do in the classroom, we host events and speakers on campus to promote and explore the discipline of geography.

Spring 2017

"Geography, Innovation, and Economic Growth: Insights from Graduate Study"

Presenters: Chris Esposito '14, Dept of Geography, UCLA, Melissa Haller '16, Department of Geography, UCLA
Time: 4:15 pm
Date: Monday, April 3
Location: 238 Ho Science Center

"Understanding the Future of Migration under Climate Change from a Socio-Ecological Systems Perspective"

ENST Brownbag
Presenter: Dr. Robert McLeman, Department of Geography, Wilfred Laurier University

In this presentation, Dr. Robert McLeman details the data, methodologies and theories used to understand how climatic variability and change affects migration patterns at local, regional, and global scales. The most widespread form of climate-related migration is short-distance, intraregional migration of rural populations whose livelihood strategies incorporate temporary migration to cope with seasonal precipitation patterns. Sudden onset extreme events like floods and tropical storms often generate pulses of labor migration as households seek resources to rebuild damaged property and livelihood assets. Longer duration events like multi-year droughts typically lead to complex migration patterns depending on social networks and economic opportunities. In all cases, long distance international migration for environmental reasons has historically been rare.

Time: 12:15
Date: Friday, March 24
Location:  ALANA Multipurpose Room

"Environmental Refugee: The Coming Tide?" 

Presenter: Dr. Robert McLeman, Department of Geography, Wilfred Laurier University

Scientists warn that the combined effects of climate change, land degradation, and water scarcity will displace tens of millions of people in coming decades. Coastal communities from Louisiana to Papua New Guinea are already being abandoned because of rising sea levels and erosion, and more will follow. Droughts force millions of people to move in dryland Africa and Asia each year. The intensity of tropical storms is expected to grow, increasing the frequency of future disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. The international community currently struggles to find shelter for millions fleeing conflicts in the Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia – how prepared is it for even larger flows of migration to come?

In this lecture, Dr. Robert McLeman reviews recent examples from around the world to explain how environmental events trigger large scale displacements and migration, and what happens to those who leave and those left behind. The vulnerability of people to particular types of environmental hazards and the potential for building adaptive communities are explored. While the future impacts of climate change will almost certainly lead to increased migration flows, Dr. McLeman outlines opportunities for reducing future risks through proactive planning, sound policy making, and renewed commitment to environmental sustainability. An overarching theme of this lecture is the recognition that migration that takes place voluntarily and with dignity is beneficial to all, and that people become environmental refugees only when we allow it to happen.

Time: 4:30pm
Date: Thursday, March 23
Location: 101 Ho Science Center

Gould lecture, co-sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs

"Promethean Pacifism: A Vanished Environmental Discourse"

Social Sciences Brown Bag
William Meyer, Dept of Geography, Colgate University

Time: 12:15 pm
Date: Thursday, February 2
Location:111 Alumni Hall

"America’s Changing International Role under the Trump Administration"

Panel Discussion: Ellen Kraly (Geography), Andy Pattison (Environmental Studies), Rishi Sharma (Economics)

Time: 4:30pm
Date:  Tuesday, January 31
Location: 101 Ho Science Center

Sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs

Fall 2016

"The Prison in 12 Landscapes"

Alternative Cinema Screening
Brett Story, director, will be in attendance

Film Synopsis: 
From Rikers Island to Alcatraz, Angola to Folsom, prisons have become some of the United States' most iconic institutions. This is hardly surprising for a country with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. But outside the prison gates and razor wires are entire communities and industries dependent on this massive system intended to rehabilitate and reintegrate. Purposely avoiding the obvious imagery of penitentiaries, Brett Story's distinctive vignettes draw attention to the changing landscape of the prison complex through the perspectives of individuals affected by it. In this brilliant investigation of the American prison system's pervasive influence, the formalist structure fosters discovery and contemplation about issues of race, power and poverty through a cinematic journey across the land of the free. 
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Location: Golden Auditorium, Little Hall

This screening is supported by Educational Studies, Office of Equity and Diversity, PCON, and the Geography Department.

"From Grassroots to Resilience: The Masquerades of 'Development' in Post-Conflict Colombia"

Social Sciences Lecture/Luncheon
Teo Ballvé, Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of Geography

Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Location: 111 Alumni Hall 

Lunch will be provided for all in attendance. ​

"My Ancestors' Footsteps: Histories of Movement, Displacement, and Otherness in Eastern Europe"

Public Presentation
Alex Pustelnyk '18, 2016 Kevin Williams Award recipient

Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Location: Ho Interdisciplinary Science Building 238

"Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in Environmental Studies"

ENST Brownbag

Panel Discussion: Mabel Baez '15; April Baptiste, environmental studies; Alexis Briley, German; Cat Cardelús, biology; Ben Child, English; Miranda Gilgore '18; Carolyn Hsu, sociology and anthropology; Peter Klepeis, geography

Time: 12:15 p.m.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Location: ALANA Multipurpose Room

Family Weekend 2016

The Geography Faculty would be pleased to meet with family and friends of students

Time: 11:00 a.m.–Noon
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Location: Atrium, Ho Interdisciplinary Science Building

"OLYMPIC CITY: Legacies of Athletic Mega-Events in Rio de Janeiro"

Public Presentation
Dr. Brian Godfrey, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Vassar College

A theoretical review and critique of mega-events, along with an empirical analysis of the various socioeconomic, transportation, political, environmental and other impacts of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (and the 2014 World Cup). The talk will highlight the long-term issue of pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay, industrialization and informal urbanization (favelas), and sanitation infrastructures generally. It should complement courses on uneven development, urbanization, environmental hazards, Latin America as well as courses on human and nature-society geography more generally. GTU Keynote Lecture

Time: 4:15 p.m.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Location: 101 Ho Interdisciplinary Science Building

A video recording of the lecture is available on youtube.

ENST Brownbag

Discussion: Professor McCann's research and experience in East Africa

Time: 12:15 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Location: Persson Hall Auditorium

"Forest Stories and Landscape Realities, Ethiopia, 1668-2015"

Public Presentation
James C. McCann, Professor of History, Associate Director for Development, African Studies Center, Boston University

Time: 4:15 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Location: 101 Ho Interdisciplinary Science Building

A video recording of the talk is available on youtube.