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July 22, 2019

UO Geography hosts 2019 Critical Geographies mini-conference

Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Oregon is hosting the 14th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference (formerly known as the Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference) with the support of the Department of Geography and the College of Arts and Sciences. Consistent with the long-standing goals of this conference, we seek to create a fun, engaging, and friendly atmosphere that embraces an unsettling of the “traditional” conference structure.

Part of the Conference will be held in the Many Nations Longhouse on the University of Oregon campus, in recognition of the original stewards of the land where the University of Oregon campus is located now.






There is no fee to attend or participate in the conference, and we will cover expenses for participating graduate students from the region (as much as funds allow).

The themes for this year’s conference are

  • Critical Race/Subaltern Geographies,
  • Digital Geographies,
  • Critical Physical Geographies, and
  • The intersections between these themes

Read more about the conference here.

July 2, 2019

Congratulations class of 2019!

Another warm day and another lovely Department of Geography Commencement ceremony! Or as Professor Dan Gavin said, there was a real net positive solar balance.  Thanks to all of those who came to cheer on our current class. And a big congratulations to everyone who graduated! Here are a few photos from the ceremony and festivities!

This is the first time we’ve ever done this photo. It will become our tradition!

Thanks to Lisa, Nyease, Haley, and Fiona in the office for all the work on ordering balloon.

Undergraduate coordinator and advisor, Leslie McLees, at the check-in table.

Nyease from the office arranging some of our beautiful flowers!


The faculty present at commencement, mostly in their regalia!

Undergraduate speaker Liana Hu delivered a great personal story about why geography is important to how she’s understood events and conditions around the world.


Newly minted Dr. Arron Zettler-Mann delivered a speech on why geography is important in understanding the human-environmental condition.

Crowning the last year before he reduces his teaching as he works towards retires, Alec Murphy articulates the importance of geography as a perspective in understanding the world around us, both as a way to understand and to shape it.

Undergraduates, on the cusp of receiving their degree!

More undergrads waiting patiently!


Congratulations again to our students, and a huge thank you to all their supporters! We were thrilled to share this wonderful day with you!

June 14, 2019

Geography Commencement Ceremony, June 17th at 12:30pm!

We are ready to graduate our 2018-2019 cohort of geographers! (even if we aren’t ready to say goodbye!)

Please join the department in celebrating our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students’ hard work and accomplishments in the annual geography commencement celebration. We will send our students out in style, with a ceremony just for geographers!

Come hear award announcements, speeches from Dr. Alec Murphy, newly minted Dr. Aaron Zettler-Mann, and undergraduate Liana Hu! Afterward, please hang out, meet the families, and eat tons of delicious food (and cake!).

Geography commencement will take place on the Memorial Quad outside the east entrance to Condon Hall at 12:30pm on Monday, June 17th. For more information, and links to university-wide commencement ceremony earlier that morning, click here. Remember, parking is wild! Plan to park farther away and then bus in. We will have water, but we will be outdoors, so dress weather-appropriate!

May 21, 2019

Tea Talk June 6th: Juan Herrera

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Juan Herrera, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UCLA for a talk entitled Geographies of Activism: Cartographic Memory and Community Practices of Care at 4pm in Condon 106.

Please come join the department for snacks and announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108!

May 7, 2019

Tea Talk May 9th: Cynthia Brewer

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Cynthia Brewer

She will be giving a talk entitled Systemizing Cartographic Design at 4pm in Lillis 282.

Please join the department for regular Tea Snacks and departmental announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108.

Dr. Cynthia Brewer is a renowned cartographer who has been with the Department of Geography at Penn State since 1994. For eight years, she served as an affiliate faculty member at the US Geological Survey Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS), and received the Henry Gannet Award for Exceptional Contributions to Topographic Mapping from the USGS in 2013. She has authored four books including Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users published in 2016. Cindy is perhaps best known for ColorBrewer, an online tool designed to help people select good color schemes for maps and graphics.

May 1, 2019

Tea Talk May 2nd: Kendra Chritz

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Kendra Chritz, from our very own Department of Geography!

She will be giving a talk entitled Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of People and Ecosystems Using Geochemistry at 4pm in Condon 106.

Please join the department for regular Tea Snacks and departmental announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108.

Dr. Kendra Chrsiz is a paleoecologist interested in human-environment interactions over geologic and historic timescales. Her primary interest is understanding ecological changes in the fossil record, as well as assessing environmental changes from anthropogenic land use and climate change over the last century. Prior to her appointment here at the University of Oregon, Kendra was a Postdoctoral Fellow a Smithsonian’s Nationa Museum of Natural History.

April 22, 2019

Tea Talk Apr 25th: Minelle Mahtani

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Geography at the University of British Columbia.

She will be giving a talk entitled Risk, Relation, Revolution, Repair: Anti-Colonial Responses to Storytelling in Geography and Radio at 4pm in Condon 106.

Please join the department for regular Tea Snacks and departmental announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108.

April 11, 2019

Tea Talk Apr 18th: Daniel Coe

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Daniel Coe, a Cartographer and GIS professional at the Washington Geological Survey for a talk entitled Revealing Geology and Natural Hazards with Lidar. This talk will be in Room 282 Lillis, 4pm. 

Please join the department for regular Tea Snacks at 3:30. Departmental announcements will be early to allow people time to walk over Lillis.



Below is a Lidar image that Daniel Coe created of the Willamette River in 2015 for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. For the entire, beautiful, stunning image, click here.

March 13, 2019

Tea talk Mar 14th: Gordon Grant

Please join us in welcoming Gordon Grant, a Research Hydrologist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the US Forest Service in Corvallis. He has contributed to many landmark studies involving river science and also dedicates himself to education and outreach.

He will give a talk entitled: What to do with Spirit Lake? A geo-hydro-sociopolitical drama in several acts on Thursday, March 14th at 4pm in Condon 106.

Please join the Department of Geography at 3:30 for our weekly Tea Snacks and departmental announcements!

March 5, 2019

Tea Speaker Series Mar 7th: Toby Maxwell

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Dr. Toby Maxmwell, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution, for its weekly Tea Speaker Series. Toby will give a talk entitled:

From molecules to ecosystems: Using plant-soil interrelations to decipher climate change in pacts on carbon-water cycles. 

His talk will be at 4pm in Condon 106. Please join the department for tea snacks and announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108 prior to the talk!

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