Our Colloquia Series presents engaging research from around the world. Guest presenters cover varied topics from all aspects of Geography. This page lists abstracts from past and future colloquia.

Geography Colloquium Series

A tail of two extremes: Transformation of rare storms into geomorphically important floods

April 14, 2017

Abstract: Simple relationships between mean climate and erosion rates have failed to emerge from either historic sediment yield studies or millennial-scale erosion rate studies using cosmogenic radionuclides. One confounding factor is the role of vegetation, whose type and density are also strongly linked to climate. In this presentation, I will... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Politics of post-earthquake reconstruction and the early forms of disaster capitalism in Nepal

March 24, 2017

Abstract: Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes killed more than 9000 people, damaged more than half a million homes and destroyed nearly half of Nepal’s GDP. The earthquakes struck Nepal at a time when the country was experiencing two massive political transformations: 1) a decade long Maoist insurgency followed by the establishment of... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

New Approaches for Spatial Distribution Dynamics

March 17, 2017

Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of recent work on spatial distribution dynamics considering the evolution of cross-sectional spatial distributions over time. Families of new analytics based on rank concordance and discrete Markov chains are discussed, and derived analytics for global and local spatio-temporal clustering are presented with a... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

'Manoomin Gives, So We Give': Gift Economies and Food Sovereignty of the White Earth Anishinabek

March 10, 2017

The 2007 Nyéléni declarations identify fighting against the “privatisation and commodification of food, basic and public services, knowledge, land, water, seeds, livestock and our natural heritage” as central to food sovereignty. While the declaration is specific, it is less clear about what this means in practice. This talk sheds light... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Neighborhoods and youth academic achievement: The influence of multiple social ecologies

March 4, 2017

Abstract: Increasing evidence from experimental and non-experimental research has shown that children residing in low resource neighborhoods exhibit decreases reading and math scores, above and beyond individual characteristics, and family, or school contexts. However, the tendency to model family-school or family-neighborhood contexts limits our understanding of the processes affecting educational... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Remote Killing: Drones, Democracy and War

March 3, 2017

Abstract: "There has been little debate about U.S. drone policy in Congress and in the mainstream media, but drones are changing the practice of war. Drone warfare has turned soldiers into commuter killers while establishing a new mode of killing that is simultaneously remote and intimate. And, by making it... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Performing Humanity: Violence and Visuality in Kashmir

Feb. 20, 2017

Abstract: This paper will examine a selection of visual texts that seek to intervene in the optical regime that supports the Indian occupation of Kashmir, one that succeeds in eliciting widespread support within India, in part by effecting a systematic erasure of the humanity of Kashmiris. I consider the visual... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements

Feb. 17, 2017

Geography Colloquium Series

Building a computationally intensive science program at CU Boulder - Earth Lab’s Earth Analytics Initiative

Feb. 10, 2017

Abstract: The deluge of readily available, large spatio-temporal data from both air- and space-borne sensors, high fidelity in situ sensor networks, citizen science-driven in situ observations and social media platforms, combined with increased availability of high performance and cloud computing resources has yielded new opportunities to advance both science and... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Glacial changes on the Tibetan Plateau since the 1970s and their hydrological effects

Dec. 9, 2016