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Spring 2019 Colloquium Speaker Series

David Nowak- Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture
2/21 | Lurie Conference Center, Higgins University Center | 12:00-1:00pm

Shalanda Baker- Law, Public, and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
3/14 | Lurie Conference Center, Higgins University Center | 12:00-1:00pm

Jim Thatcher- Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma
3/28 | Lurie Conference Center, Higgins University Center | 12:00-1:00pm

Jennifer Hyndman- Center for Refugee Studies, York University
4/25 | Jefferson Academic Center, Room 218 | 12:00-1:00pm


Past Events

Past Colloquium Speakers

Budhendra Bhaduri- “High Resolution Cities: Discovering Human Dynamics through Data and Computing”
Ellyn Enderlin- “At the Breaking Point: Investigating Glacier Ice-Ocean Interactions”
Joe Bryan- “Maps of a Destruction Foretold: Land Tilting and Forest Loss in Eastern Nicaragua”
James Wescoat- “Geographies of Rurban Drinking Water Planning in Pune District, Maharashtra”
Matt Huber- "The Matter of Class: Climate Responsibility and the Ecologies of Production"
Luis Alvarez León-
"Virtual landscapes and automated spaces: commodification and contestation in the (geospatial) digital economy"
Mark Friedl-
"Changes in temperate and boreal forests based on three decades of landsat imagery"
Jan Monk-
"Time, Place, and the Education of Women at Clark"
Setha Low-
"Public Space and Civic Life: Threats and Opportunities"
Kathryn Grace
- "Investigating birthweight, temperature, and precipitation in Africa"
Carolyn Finney- “At the Crossroads: Intellectual Ramblings, Emotional Certainties and the Art of the Common Conversation (part II).”
Allison Dunn
- “Carbon Dynamics and the Massachusetts Land Cover Mosaic”
Robin Leichenko- "Economic Vulnerability and Resilience at the Dawn of the Anthropocene"

Practicing Geography Week 2016 | April 11-17

Our fifth annual Practicing Geography Week, a week of career-focused events for our undergraduate students, developed to give our students in Geography, Global Environmental Studies (GES), and Earth System Science (ESS) a chance to explore various career and graduate school options in preparation for what lies ahead after undergraduate life at Clark. It also provides various opportunities to network with faculty, graduate students, and alumni from our programs! Event lineup will included trivia night, a student research symposium, an honors ceremony, a weekend field trip to New York City, and much more!

Past Wallace W. Atwood Lectures

Annual Wallace W. Atwood Series presents "Visual Poverty Politics"

The Fall 2017 Atwood Lecture was delivered by Dr. Sarah Elwood. Sarah Elwood is a Professor of Geography at University of Washington and co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network with Victoria Lawson. Her research contributes to relational poverty, urban geography, visual politics/methods, and critical digital geographies. Current activities include collaborative research on middle class poverty politics in mixed-income neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and Seattle and on visual politics in poverty activism. Dr. Elwood's lecture took place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 in Tilton Hall at 7:00PM.
Watch Dr. Sarah Elwood lecture


Annual Wallace W. Atwood Series presents "Designs for the Pluriverse: Ontology, Autonomy, and Territoriality"

The Spring 2017 Atwood Lecture was delivered by Dr. Arturo Escobar. Arturo Escobar is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His main interests are: political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements in the Colombian Pacific, particular the Process of Black Communities (PCN). His most well-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011). His most recent books are Sentipensar con la Tierra. Nuevas lecturas sobre desarrollo, territorio y diferencia (2014), and Designs for the Pluriverse. Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (In press). Dr. Escobar's lecture took place on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Tilton Hall at 7:00PM.
Watch Dr. Arturo Escobar lecture


Annual Wallace W. Atwood Lecture Series presents "Land use change in the globalization era: Challenges and opportunities"

The Fall 2015 Atwood Lecture was delivered by Dr. Eric Lambin. Dr. Lambin divides his time between Stanford University, where he occupies the Ishiyama Professorship at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Woods Institute for the Environment, and the University of Louvain, Belgium, where he is professor at the Earth and Life Institute. His research deals with human-environment interactions and land use change in different parts of the world, by combining remote sensing and socio-economic data. His current interests are focussed on the impact of globalization on land use governance. He is Foreign Associate at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Fellow at the European and Belgian Academies of Sciences. In 2014, he was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize and was named amongst Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. Dr. Lambin's lecture took place on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 in Tilton Hall at 7:00PM.
Watch Dr. Eric Lambin lecture


Annual Wallace W. Atwood Lecture Series presents "Too Soon for Sorry: Abolition Geography and the Problem of Innocence"

The Spring 2015 Atwood Lecture was delivered by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore. Dr. Gilmore is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and American Studies at the City University of New York. She is director of The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and is the 2014 recipient of the Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice, awarded by the Association of American Geographers. She serves on the Executive Committee at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and The Caribbean (IRADAC). Dr. Gilmore's lecture took place on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 in Tilton Hall at 7:00 PM.


Annual Wallace W. Atwood Lecture Series presents "Learning While Burning: An Optimistic View of Energy, Environment, and Our Future"

Richard Alley The Graduate School of Geography was delighted to host this year's Atwood Lecture, with a talk given by Dr. Richard Alley, an Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Professor Alley is a leading scholar in climate change research and communication, with particular interests in polar ice, glaciology, sea level change, and abrupt climate change. He has researched, published, broadcast, and advised widely on these topics, with involvement in activities ranging from the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to specials on public television. Dr. Alley's lecture took place on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 in Tilton Hall at 7:00 PM.
Watch Dr. Richard Alley lecture

Annual Wallace W. Atwood Lecture Series presents "Contested Hydro-Modernities: From Manufacturing Rivers to Desalting the Seas"

Professor Erik Swyngedouw

The department is proud to feature Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, School of Environment and Development at Manchester University. Some of Dr. Swyngedouw's research interests include: Political Economy, Poltical Ecology
Theory and Practice, and the Politics, Economics, Ecology, and Urbanization of Water.  Dr. Swyngedouw has published several books and over a hundred research papers over the last two decades with a focus on bringing politically explicit
yet empirically grounded research to the table, contributing to a more humanizing geography. The lecture took place on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:00pm in Daniel's Theater at Atwood Hall. 
Watch Dr. Erik Swyngedouw Lecture


NESTVAL 2013 Annual Meeting at Clark University

The annual meeting of the New England St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society was be held October 18-19, 2013 at Clark University. NESTVAL is the regional arm of the Association of American Geographers. Click here for an article about the event.

Earth Transformed Event 2013 and Albert, Norma, and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture

Earth Transformed + 25 Event Video
William C. Clark's Powerpoint presentation
These events were co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Graduate School of Geography and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.