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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.

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

ENST Brownbag

"Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in Environmental Studies"

Panel Discussion: Mabel Baez '15, April Baptiste, ENST, Alexis Briley, German, Cat Cardelús, Biology, Ben Child, English, Miranda Gilgore '18, Carolyn Hsu, SoAn, 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.