Coffee Hour with Joshua Inwood | UROC for spring | Environment education game-changer


Major discovery night graphicCome discover geography as a major at Discovery Night at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, on Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 p.m in 22 Deike Building or via Zoom at

Please join current Earth and Mineral Sciences students to learn about majors and minors in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Students will share their unique experiences in majors, minors, internships, global experiences, research, and more. Refreshments available.


Megan Baumann, Eden Kinkaid, Ramzi Tubbeh, Jamie Peeler, and Julie Sanchez passed their candidacy exams.
• Alumnus Sterling Quinn and undergraduate student  Doran Tucker co-authored an article “How geopolitical conflict shapes the mass-produced online map,” appearing in the open access journal, First Monday.
Missy Weaver accepted our offer to return to Geography for the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant position and started on Monday, November 6.


Coffee Hour with Joshua Inwood
Civil Rights Geographies: Property and Whiteness
On January 2, 2016, armed anti-government protestors took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) in rural Oregon. The takeover of the MNWR is part of a larger, much longer set of movements called the Sagebrush Rebellion that has come to define contemporary white contestations about the federal regulation of lands in the American West. Specifically, we argue that the armed takeover of MNWR is revelatory of the way white supremacy intersects with place in important and consequential ways. In addition, we examine the politics of place and property to interrogate the way settler imaginaries affords settlers a perceived right to property and the land.

Time to apply for UROC for spring 2018
Now is the time to ​submit projects for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Connection (UROC). Please ​apply for your projects here for​spring 2018 ​by November 8. Thanks to those who have already submitted.  Apply now

UROC gives you the opportunity to find interested and qualified undergraduates to work with you as research assistants. This can be for thesis and dissertation projects, or other work that you wish to jump-start. Need inspiration or ideas? Check out past projects conducted through UROC.

Graduate student recognized as environmental education game-changer
Geography graduate student Elham Nasr Azadani has been selected by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) as one of their “EE 30 Under 30” for 2017.

Civil Rights Featured Theme of 2017 Geography Awareness Week, Nov 12–18
Established by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1987, Geography Awareness Week (GAW) is observed the third week in November every year. GAW promotes what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. This year’s celebration is November 12-18, marking the 30th birthday of what has become an important tradition in our discipline.


When the archive sings to you: SNCC and the atmospheric politics of race
By Joshua F. J. Inwood, Derek H. Alderman
In cultural geographies, First Published November 2, 2017
Through our engagement with the ‘Freedom Singers’, we advocate for approaching the archive through the racial politics of atmosphere to understand both the affective, emotion-laden practices of the past and the affective work carried out by contemporary researchers within the archive. This atmosphere provides an important pathway for identifying and analyzing the relationality and encounters that advance a fuller study of the black experience and define what (and who) constitutes critical actors in that story. The Freedom Singers and their politico-musical legacy, while lost to many members of the public and even many scholars, offer an important lesson in broadening our appreciation of civil rights practice, as well as the practice of archival research itself. This piece contributes to broader understandings of the archive as an affective space and the role of affect in analyzing archive materials.

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