Geography

Stained glass from the Geography building at Clark

The Monadnock: The Alumni Magazine of the Clark University Geographical Society

Beginnings

The Clark University Graduate School of Geography is still young. Nevertheless, those of us who know it have full confidence that it is really the center of modern geographic sciences in the Americas, if not the entire world… We have every essential for a strongly cemented academic, social and professional bond. Now…is the most auspicious time for the establishment of a firm union.—December 1927. The Monadnock. Vol II, No 1.

With this confident appraisal of a six-year old department, Clark University Geographical Society (CUGS) member John Gould Curtis argued for the continuing of an experiment started a year earlier: the establishment of a magazine that would keep alumni in contact with students. For over five decades, The Monadnock fulfilled this goal. Circulation to alumni around the world had exceeded 600 by the end of its run in the mid-1980s.

Re-launch after 30-year hiatus

Thanks to the generous support of the alumni and the Graduate School of Geography (GSG), a new issue of The Monadnock was published in Fall 2014. The magazine’s re-launch was spurred by the interest of current Ph.D. students in learning more about, and sharing, the history and traditions of CUGS, as well as the desire to strengthen bonds with alumni. Among much else, readers of the latest volume can learn about the resurgence of polar research conducted by students in the GSG, and its links to pioneering Antarctic research in the early years of the department. And they will get a glimpse into the social life of CUGS, with the review of an album produced by current Ph.D. students, and an account of a potluck whose dishes had to be both delicious and descriptive of geographical concepts.

In choosing the name Monadnock nearly ninety years ago, CUGS opted for a word of “distinctive New England origin” that is also “fundamentally geographic.” Like the first editors of the magazine, the present editors hope that their endeavor lives up to the scientific connotations of monadnock: that the magazine may have a “resistance to the wear of time and adversity, and a standard above the general level and dull routine” that will allow it to run for at least another half-century.

Click here to view the first Monadnock of the re-launch!

Archive of previous issues

The publication of the new volume of The Monadnock is complemented by access (below) to all past issues. Within these 87 issues, readers will find an unrivalled narrative of the changes within the GSG — for example, the shortening of field camp from a three-week education in the outdoors to a weekend social event; or the material changes to the Geography Building’s first floor where plaster models of mountains and portraits of alumni once surrounded students as they worked — and of the agreeable continuities, such as the persistently supportive nature, and international diversity, of CUGS.

—Christopher Knudson, Doctoral Student, May 2014


Archived issues are in PDF

1927-1930

Monadnock Vol. 1, No. 1 | Jan. 1927

Monadnock Vol. 1, No. 2 | June 1927

Monadnock Vol. 2, No. 1 | Dec. 1927

Monadnock Vol 2, No. 2 | March 1928

Monadnock Vol. 2, No. 3 | July 1928

Monadnock Vol. 3, No. 1 | Dec. 1928

Monadnock Vol. 3, No. 2 | May 1929

Monadnock Vol. 4, No. 1 | Dec 1929

Monadnock Vol. 4, No. 2 | June 1930

Monadnock Vol. 5, No. 1 | Dec 1930

1931-1935

Monadnock Vol. 6, No. 1 | Dec. 1931

Monadnock Vol. 6, No. 2 | June 1932

Monadnock Vol. 7, No.1 | Dec. 1932

Monadnock Vol. 7, No. 2 | May 1933

Monadnock Vol. 8, No. 1 | Dec. 1933

Monadnock Vol. 8, No. 2 | May 1934

Monadnock Vol. 9, No. 1 | Jan 1935

Monadnock Vol. 9, No. 2 | May 1935

Monadnock Vol. 10, No. 1 | Dec 1935

1936-1940

Monadnock Vol. 10, No. 2 | May 1936

Monadnock Vol. 11, No. 1 | Dec 1936

Monadnock Vol. 11, No. 2 | May 1937

Monadnock Vol. 12, No. 1 | Dec 1937

Monadnock Vol. 12, No. 2 | May 1938

Monadnock Vol. 13, No. 1 | Dec 1938

Monadnock Vol. 13, No. 2 | May 1939

Monadnock Vol. 14, No. 1 | Dec. 1939

Monadnock Vol. 14, No. 2 | May 1940

Monadnock Vol. 15, No. 1 | Dec. 1940

1941-1945

Monadnock Vol. 15, No. 2 | May 1941

Monadnock Vol. 16, No. 1 | Dec. 1941

Monadnock Vol. 16, No. 2 | June 1942

Monadnock Vol. 17, No. 1 | Dec. 1942

Monadnock Vol. 17, No. 2 | May 1943

Monadnock Vol. 18, No. 1 | May 1944

Monadnock Vol. 19, No. 1 | Dec. 1944

Monadnock Vol. 19, No. 2 | May 1945

Monadnock Vol. 20, No. 1 | Dec 1945

1946-1950

Monadnock Vol. 20, No. 2 | May 1946

Monadnock Vol. 21, No. 1 | Dec. 1946

Monadnock Vol. 21, No. 2 | May 1947

Monadnock Vol. 22, No. 1 | Dec. 1947

Monadnock Vol. 22, No. 2 | May 1948

Monadnock Vol. 23, No. 1 | Dec. 1948

Monadnock Vol. 23, No. 2 | May 1949

Monadnock Vol. 24, No. 1 | Dec. 1949

Monadnock Vol. 24, No. 2 | May 1950

Monadnock Vol. 25, No. 1 | Dec, 1950

2014-

Monadnock Vol. 57 | 2014-2015

Monadnock Vol. 58 | 2015-2016