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Steve Herbert
A Bigger Canvas: Expanding the Narratives About Life-Sentenced Prisoners Dr. Steve Herbert Professor-Department of Geography,  Director-Law, Societies & Justice, University of Washington Abstract: One in nine American prisoners is serving a life sentence.  This little-noticed aspect of U.S. incarceration policy generates massive and unwanted implications, not least for the life-sentenced themselves, who suffer under the most severe of social castigations.  Yet despite their banishment, many... Read more
Monica Farias
Relational Political Subjects and the Politics of Empathy in Popular Assemblies in Buenos Aires Dr. Monica Farias Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Washington Abstract: In recent years, the literature on so-called geographies of encounter has paid attention to the effects of embodied differences coming together in urban space. This literature works to imagine policies that enhance conviviality in increasingly multicultural cities. At the same time, scholars have debated what... Read more
Honor Students
Please come and support our honor students as they present their research at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday May 19th. Below is a list of their titles and presentation times/locations: Poster Session 1: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Commons West) ... Read more
Jason Young
Qaujimaniq Ikiaqqivingmi: Inuit, Arctic Environmentalism, and Digital Knowledge Politics Jason C. Young  Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Washington  Abstract: Climate change offers a fundamental challenge to many societies to reconsider how they think about and act toward the environment. Despite these calls for new ways of thinking, technical and reductionist approaches to environmental management have largely retained hegemony within institutional spaces of decision... Read more
  On behalf of the Undergraduate Program Committee and the Advising Office, we want to invite all of you to present at this year’s Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd. We have developed a new format this year that gives you all options, so that you can find a mode of presentation that makes you feel the most comfortable. The symposium is a low-stress, fun environment designed to celebrate student work among fellow students, graduates, and... Read more
Left to right: Kuang Sheng, Christina Chappell, Murphy Stack, Nina Mesihovic, Reyna Marquez
Five geographers were recently awarded the Mary Gates Research Scholarship, a competitive scholarship  intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. Kuang Sheng, Christina Chappell, Murphy Stack, Nina Mesihovic, Reyna Marquez will all be able to use the scholarship to pursue their geographic research.  Kuang's research, How Far Is It from Shanghai to Tokyo? provides an... Read more
Caitlin with domestic workers and legislators on the day the amendment extending labor rights to domestic workers was passed in April 2013.
Geography students Caitlin Alcorn and Ross Doll have each been awarded the Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research and Study.  The Fellowship will enable Caitlin to complete a large part of the fieldwork for her dissertation research. Her project aims to better understand the growing paid domestic service sector from the... Read more
Example of Student CARTO Map
Students in Professor Sarah Elwood's Geography 258 course last quarter spent much of their time working toward creating a final portfolio of digital maps created throughout the quarter. Focusing on the use and societal impacts of contemporary digital spatial technologies, the course allowed Professor Elwood to provide the students with the creative opportunity to explore the components that go into creating and sharing digital maps.  One such example of this was a project that required students... Read more
Ed Taylor
UW’s Race and Equity Initiative: Where Are We Now? Dr. Ed Taylor  Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Abstract: This presentation outlines the objectives and rationale of the Race and Equity Initiative (REI) by one of its principal architects. How geographers and the department can support the REI and how the REI can be responsive to the Department’s diversity and equity concerns and speak to questions of innovation and activism in undergraduate education will be topics for... Read more
Ghosts of Seattle Past
Geography Alum Anisa Jackson has been published in Ghosts of Seattle Past, an anthology that gathers essays, interviews, photography, and comix in homage of lost Seattle places. Their chapter focuses on the Black Panther Party in the Central District:  “Anisa Jackson’s conversation with Elmer Dixon, founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, provides an incredible historical foundation for the ongoing activism against... Read more