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Amy Horton
Public Storytelling for a Caring EconomyAmy HortonPhD candidate in the School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London Abstract: Across much of the global north, a crisis of care is intensifying, with ageing populations, low-paid workforces and geographically uneven financing. While in some places, organising has achieved improvements for care workers and clients, these have often proved ephemeral, and consensus on the importance of collective care provision remains elusive. In this... Read more
Tiffany Grobelski
Democracy by Energy Transition: The Politics of Administrative Legal Contact Zones in Poland Dr. Tiffany Grobelski  Recent Graduate of UW Geography Abstract: Governmental accountability to the public is as weighty and urgent a topic as ever. In this talk, I make two main arguments. First, I make the case that administrative law is an important site of inquiry for social scientists, including geographers interested in theorizing about state power and socio-legal scholars interested in law’s role... Read more
Adam Romero
Manufacturing Petrotoxicty (1903-1945) Dr. Adam Romero, Geographer and Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell Abstract: In the early 1920s, the California Spray Chemical Company introduced highly refined white oil sprays into the California agricultural market. By the early 1930s, oil sprays had become the weapon of choice for combatting unwanted pests in fruit orchards across the US west, and by the late 1930s, oil sprays had become the critical... Read more
Tara Cookson
Does giving cash really alleviate poverty? Dr. Tara Patricia Cookson, Gates Cambridge Scholar This seminar challenges dominant understandings of poverty and exclusion by analyzing the hidden costs of one of the most widely implemented poverty alleviation tools, the conditional cash transfer (CCT). In over 50 countries across the globe, states use cash payments to incentivize poor people’s use of basic services and promote inclusive development. Behavioral economists and policymakers argue that... Read more
Close up view of the tree ring
The landscape surrounding the Department of Geography was suddenly and drastically altered in early September, 2015 when the giant sequoia tree towering over Smith Hall was struck by a bolt of lightning. Much of the tree fell immediately, and the remainder was cleared shortly after, leaving just the stump behind. The tree is believed to have been planted by Edmond Meany, one of the founders of the Department of History who is noted for planting trees all across campus. While the tree’s absence... Read more
Laura Pulido
Landscapes of Settler Colonialism Laura Pulido, PhD, Professor in Geography and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon In this talk I explore the various ways in which places deliberately evacuate the violence associated with conquest and settler colonialism. I focus in particular on historical markers and monuments in Los Angeles County and how they narrate both Indigenous and Mexican history. Coming to terms with foundational racial violence and developing accurate histories of place is... Read more
Reece Jones
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move Reece Jones, PhD, Associate Professor and Gradute Chair at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Abstract: Over forty thousand people died trying to cross international borders in the past decade, with the high-profile deaths along the shores of Europe only accounting for half of the grisly total. This presentation argues that these deaths are not exceptional, but rather are part of a long history of state attempts to protect wealth... Read more
Sam Ojserkis, back to camera, steering Team USA's eight-man shell. Congratulations to three recent UW Geography alums who competed in rowing events at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Will Crothers (2010) and Conlin McCabe (2014) represented Team Canada in the men’s coxless four, and Sam Ojserkis (2012) represented Team USA as the coxswain in the men’s coxed eight division, a boat that also included three other Huskies. Both boats with UW Geographers made it to the finals and finished... Read more
Sean Wang
Sean Wang, 2011 UW Geography alum, (third from left) spent this summer as a fellow in UW’s eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good. Wang, now a Ph.D. candidate in geography at Syracuse University, worked with a team of researchers to extract a wealth of previously unexplored data on transit ridership through ORCA card usage. The project helped to bring to light patterns of ridership among all nine regional transit systems within the ORCA network. The long-term impact of the project... Read more
Collage: "H2O: What is it Worth?" by Cindy Luc
Cindy has submitted her mixed media collage, "River of Life" (pictured here), to Columbia City Gallery's 11th Annual Juried Exhibit on the theme "H2O: What is it Worth?" She writes, "I was inspired to enter this art piece into a juried art exhibit at a local gallery after taking GEOG 473: Geographies of Energy and Sustainability because our modern landscapes are so dependent on fossil fuels to get to our jobs and to get to our money to the point where we forget that water is the most important... Read more