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June 28, 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

Another Geography commencement ceremony has come and gone and as we settle in for the summer, the Department of Geography just wants to recognize the fabulousness of our students! Summer seemed to arrive on the day of graduation, making the ceremony fairly warm! However the spirit of the day, as usual, overcomes.




Our ceremony began with opening remarks from Dr. Dan Gavin, Geography department head, about his own personal reflections on the importance of perspective and places.

Newly minted PhD Dr. M. Jackson, fresh from her week being honored in Washington DC as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, gave arousing speech encouraging students to use their perspective, stand up, take notice of the world, make it better, and go further.

Alumni speaker Dr. Eric Sproles, who received his M. A. in Geography from UO in 2006, used a personal story of his grandmother, who attended UO, to encourage students to develop an appreciation of their places, their connections, and their world. And to keep going, making the world better along the way.

Dr. Alec Murphy then took the podium to announce the names of graduates with his usual gravitas.Afterwards we had a photo booth provided by Emerald Media, snacks, cake, and lots of hugs, congratulations and fun!

Congratulations to all students and families who attended!
Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing!

June 12, 2017

2017 Geography Commencement

Congratulations, 2017 Graduates! Please join the Department of Geography as we celebrate this year’s crop of freshly minted Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral students! On Monday, June 19th, 2017, we will gather as a department to celebrate our graduates. Please join us on the Knight Library Lawn on the East side of Condon Hall for remarks and the calling out of each graduates name. Families, friends, and guests are welcome to attend and celebrate!

If you are graduating and need more information, please click here for more info.

Campus will be busy! Please plan ahead for parking or for coming to campus via the bus.


May 31, 2017

Tea Talk June 1st: Raoul Lievanos

Please join us this Thursday, June 1 for a Geography tea talk by Raoul Lievanos (Department of Sociology, University of Oregon):

“Producing Hazardous Space: Socio-Nature and Valuation in the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation Residential Security Survey”

The talk will begin at 4:00 pm in Condon 106. Join us at 3:30 pm in Condon 108 for snacks, conversation, and department announcements.

Abstract: Previous research demonstrates that demographic and housing factors generally predicted neighborhood mortgage risk-rating outcomes in the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) Residential Security Surveys (RSS) of 239 major U.S. cities following the Great Depression. This article contributes to previous research by first developing a novel “socio-nature” model of HOLC risk assessment that bridges the sociology of knowledge and economic and environmental sociology with sociospatial theory and urban political ecology. The model highlights how HOLC residential security appraisals translated ecological theory in a manner that conflated social hierarchies with the biophysical environment and neighborhood quality, especially in the highest-risk “hazardous” grade. Following theoretical illustrations from the iconic case of Chicago, the in-depth case study of Stockton, California informs our understanding of how different environmental considerations—industrial zones and flood risk—shaped HOLC risk-rating outcomes. Spatial and qualitative comparative analyses of archival Stockton RSS data uncovers hitherto neglected heterogeneous configurations of race, class, environmental threats, exclusionary market infrastructure, and housing quality and value that condition hazardous grade assignment and subsequent neighborhood housing values. The study concludes with a discussion of its scholarly and practical implications regarding the production of hazardous space, socio-nature, and valuation within U.S. real estate markets.

We hope to see you there!

May 9, 2017

Tea Speaker 5/18: Ford Cochran from National Geographic

Please join the Department of Geography as we host Dr. Ford Cochran, the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions. Ford selects the writers, photographers, explorer, staff and scholars who head to different parts of the world. He was written for National Geographic magazine and helped launch among many, many other activities at the National Geographic Society. Read more about him here.

Ford will give a talk entitled:

Looking Back, Looking Ahead, and Going Further with National Geographic

His talk will be at 4pm in Allen 221 on Thursday, May 18th. Join the department of Geography for Tea Snacks and announcements at 3:15. 

May 4, 2017

Tea Speaker, May 4th: Galit Cohen-Blankshtain

Please join us in welcoming Galit Cohen-Blankshtain, a senior lecturer in Geography and Public Policy at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who is currently on sabbatical at Oregon State University. Her talk is entitled “Integrated transport planning in segmented city: the case of Jerusalem.”

To see more about her research in Urban information-communication technologies (ICT) policy, Transport policy, urban policy and environmental policy, click here.

The talk will be gin at 4pm in Condon 106. Please join us for Tea Treats and departmental announcements prior to the talk at 3:30 in Condon 108.

April 25, 2017

Special-TEA Friday, April 28th 2:30pm

Please join us for a talk by Birgit Müller, from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. Her talk will be entitled “Analyzing the impact of policy instruments and global change processes with help of social-ecological modelling.”

Birgit’s research interests focus on: the use of process-based models for an enhanced understanding and governance of social-ecological systems under global change to explore:

  1. Dynamics of social-ecological resource systems with strong focus on grazing systems in drylands
  2. Effects of policy instruments for global food security and for coping with climate risk (such as weather insurances) on social-ecological systems (SES)
  3. Adequate representation of human decisions in agent-based models for natural resource use
  4. Potential of SES models as a tool of thinking and a tool for communication in inter- and transdisciplinary research

You can find more about her research here.

The talk will begin at 2:30pm in Condon 106. Join us at 2pm in Condon 108 for snacks and department announcements.

April 19, 2017

April 20th Tea Talk by Andrés Holz

Join us on Thursday, April 20th at 4:00pm in Condon 106 for a talk by Portland State University Professor and Director of the Global Environmental Change Lab Andrés Holz. He will give a talk entitled “Understanding complex human-ecological processes through temporal and spatial patterns: lessons from Patagonia & Tasmania.”

Dr Holtz’s research interests include Forest dynamics, disturbance ecology, climate-fire-human relationships, and bringing students out into the forest to experience biogeography at its best!

Please join us prior to the talk at 3:30pm in Condon 108 for snacks and departmental announcements.

April 1, 2017

Geographers head to the AAG!

As the first week of spring term begins, you may notice that some of your faculty and grad assistants have disappeared. Many of us are headed to Boston for the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers annual meeting. This is a chance for us to meet and reconnect with fellow scholars from across the discipline and hear about cutting edge research. 9500 Geographers are expected to descend in Boston this week!

While often the focus of academic conferences seems to be on faculty and graduate students, the AAG has been promoting the potential for Undergraduate Geographers to come and actively participate there is a new Undergraduate Student Specialty Group meeting for the first time in Boston and a special newsletter dedicated to activities geared towards undergraduates. Read it! Next year’s conference in New Orleans will also focus on recruiting undergraduates into the conference. There are also funding opportunities through the AAG that can partially or fully pay your way! This provides students with professional development experience like none other!

March 3, 2017

March 15th: Pathways to Careers in Geography

Pathways to a Career with Geography

Wednesday, March 15th

An opportunity to not just find out what you can do, but how you can get there

2:00-3:20pm: Finding the Path
Meet recent graduates and find out tips for students as they prepare to graduate.
Condon 106

3:45-5:00pm: The Journey
Refreshments then a presentation by guests on the paths they took to get where they are and where they are now.
Lawrence 166

This event is focused on undergraduate and graduate students. Alumni will range from human, biophysical, and GIScience.

There will graduates ranging from BA, BS, MA, and PhD

The official list of attendees will be published shortly!

Geographers, whether official or aspiring, are welcome to join!

March 1, 2017

Tea Talk March 2nd: Dr. Jacob Bendix

Please join us this Thursday, March 2 at 4 pm in Condon 106 for a Geography Tea Talk by Prof. Jacob Bendix, Department of Geography, Syracuse University:

“Fire, Floods, and Woody Debris: Interactions in Southern California watersheds”

Snacks and socializing begin at 3:30 in Condon 108. We look forward to seeing many of you there!


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