The Department of Geography, Environment and Society is pleased to announce a speaker series on the topic of "writing/difference." Speakers were invited whose work grapples in various ways with the relationship between the production of knowledge, the construction of difference and emancipatory futures.
Geography professor and new associate dean Steven Manson uses his fascination with data to create better human and environmental systems. “The way we solve our problems today,” he says, “will determine whether or not our great-great-great grandchildren will live in a livable and equitable world.”
Geography celebrated the fifty-third annual Ralph H. Brown Day this past April. The event aims to encourage conversation among geography students, faculty, and alumni from across the Department of Geography, Environment & Society. Professor Dan Brown from the University of Michigan presented the keynote lecture.
As temperature increases, precipitation decreases, and food availability is unstable. This is a major challenge for poor communities in third world countries such as Africa. Assistant Professor Kathryn Grace has most recently examined how this is affecting birthweight, and more specifically how it links to low birth weight babies.
Talia Anderson nurtured a deep interest in working on environmental issues in Central America during a study abroad experience in Venezuela spring semester of her sophomore year. After a field week in Guatemala her junior year, she was granted an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program scholarship for her research on tree rings in relation to climate in Guatemala. Anderson credits CLA’s curriculum in helping her find her path and prepare her for the future.
The ninth annual Borchert Lecture Series was held on campus on November 20. This year the featured speaker was Amy Kircher, who spoke on food safety. Held in conjunction with the campus-wide Spatial Forum, the series attracted students, faculty, staff and GIS professionals from across Minnesota.