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Help Us Create a New Sticker Design! Open to all members of the geography department, win a $50 gift card to the UW Bookstore!
Calling All Geographers: Help us create the next sticker design for our department! The contest is open to all members of the UW's Department of Geography. The selected design will receive a $50 gift card to the UW Bookstore. Design submissions will be evaluated by our team of judges based on creativity, aesthetics, and resonance with the many reasons why we study geography. Entry Deadline: April 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time ... Read more
This week at the UW, attend the Katz Distinguished Lecture, the 2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival with Ted Poor and Cuong Vu, and more. Featured on UW News 
“How do we atone for the worst thing we’ve ever done?” That is the question at the heart of the podcast “Making Amends,” which features men serving time in the Oregon State Penitentiary. Steve Herbert, professor of law, societies and justice and of geography at the UW, brought together a group of men at the prison for a class on atonement with the goal of creating a podcast.... Read more
Map indicating rich countries will get access to the coronavirus vaccine earlier than others
As you start thinking about spring quarter 2021 course registration, check out these unique Arts & Sciences offerings. They’re open to all students, have no prerequisites, and fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements as noted. GEOG 280: Introduction to the Geography of Health and Healthcare   Explore concepts of health from a... Read more
Essential Stories of Frontline Workers: The Struggle for Rights & Survival During COVID-19 features a panel of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a discussion of recent efforts by researchers and the Labor Archives to document and preserve the impacts of the pandemic on workers through a collaborative oral history project. Speakers include Professors Kim England and Carrie Freshour, among other labor leaders and UW faculty members.... Read more
Photo Austin Crane
"Being trained as a Human Geographer involves thinking a lot about how people and places are interconnected politically, economically, socially, etc. — and also how unequal power relations produce inequalities in how the spaces of our lives are interconnected. My personal research is on the political geographies of migration and borders in Europe, focusing on how humanitarian organizations assist migrants in navigating an often-difficult process of seeking asylum." Valley Maker Goes Deep On Q... Read more
College of Arts & Sciences Dean Stacey explains that there is an important civic, political, social, and cultural element to an education and that you can get that in a wide variety of majors. Featured on 
Professor Kessie Alexandre
This fall, the Department of Geography welcomes Dr. Kessie Alexandre in her new role as assistant professor. In her first couple of months in Seattle, Dr. Alexandre is getting to know colleagues and students virtually while planning for teaching in the quarters to come. Dr. Alexandre earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a Certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University in 2020. Her research organizes around questions of public health... Read more
GIS Day 2020 Poster
On Wednesday, November 18, Professor Bo Zhao organized the Department of Geography's first annual GIS Day, an ESRI-initiated event intended to encourage people around the world to engage with Geographic Information Systems. To inspire UW Geography students to participate, Professor Zhao teamed up with Steven Bao, a current geography undergraduate student who has also conducted... Read more
Victoria Lawson, professor in the Department of Geography, director of the Honors Program, and adjunct professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies discusses social care and racial justice.... Read more