My Talk at AAG 2012

My talk at the AAG this year was on the final day, early in the morning, during about three other similar sessions, and held in a forgotten corner in the bowels of the Hilton NY. Though it was still well attended (maybe 15-20 folks), it’s understandable that some people who may have been interested in what I had to say weren’t able to come. That’s why I post it here. Sadly, this time, my phone failed to record my talk for an exact transcript, so I have to go off of memory. Forgive me if I build on or improve/regress upon my thoughts in this version. 🙂 Continue reading “My Talk at AAG 2012”

GIS Day 2011 at UWFox: Publicity

So, as I’ve already written, we’ve been working on putting together a GIS Day at UWFox for the past couple of months. We’ve encountered certain challenges, which we’ve tried to stem by using a variety of strategies. Check out my entry on our preparation of this event for more on how we’ve designed our event for 2011. Continue reading “GIS Day 2011 at UWFox: Publicity”

GIS Day 2011 at UWFox: Preparation

I never knew I would coordinate and host a GIS Day event.

As you may know, this is my first year as a tenure-track faculty at UW-Fox Valley. UWFox is part of the UW-Colleges system, which is a set of 13 two-year liberal arts institutions geared toward preparing students for a four-year school in the UW System. The Colleges have a shared department of around 20 geographers and geologists. Two of them are at this campus, and I’m the only geographer. That means I’m basically a “stand-alone” geographer who’s responsible for, well, everything geography on campus. Continue reading “GIS Day 2011 at UWFox: Preparation”

Japan’s Triple Disaster – A Lecture

Remember that earlier entry about an interview that I gave through compressed video that included a lecture on the Great Plains? Well, it turns out that this university in Wisconsin liked me enough to grant an in-person interview. They requested a lecture on Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Continue reading “Japan’s Triple Disaster – A Lecture”

Human-Environment Interactions in the Great Plains – A Lecture

I was asked last week to give a lecture through Compressed Video, a technology used to teach non-online distance education classes. The reason? A preliminary job interview with a university in Wisconsin. It was about as nervous and awkward of an experience as you could expect. I don’t really give myself much chance of making it to the next stage. We’ll see, I guess. Continue reading “Human-Environment Interactions in the Great Plains – A Lecture”

Now that was some bad-ass DOPE

Political ecology, in its relatively short history, has always been a sort of weird animal in the academic world.  Proudly interdisciplinary, decidedly environmentalist and unabashedly political, it wasn’t until Paul Robbins’s landmark book Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction in 2004 that we really had a very good definition for the field.  Indeed, it was Robbins who demonstrated in this work that “politics are inevitably ecological and that ecology is inherently political,” and called for recognition that political ecology was not just an epistemological perspective, but rather a collection of what political ecologists are ‘doing.’ Continue reading “Now that was some bad-ass DOPE”

My Talk for Dimensions of Political Ecology in Kentucky

This weekend, I’m heading down to the Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference at the University of Kentucky.  Here’s a ROUGH draft of the talk I’m giving, keeping in mind of course that the presented form will undoubtedly be leaner, meaner and (of course) shorter.

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May 4, 1970. Never forget.


The most enduring image of the tragedy is the photograph captured by student journalist John Filo, which depicts 14 year-old runaway Mary Ann Vecchio screaming in horror over the body of fallen Kent student Jeffrey Miller. The photograph (above), which ultimately appeared in Time Magazine and later won the Pulitzer Prize, remains today the image of the May 4 Shootings for many Americans. Continue reading “May 4, 1970. Never forget.”