In honor of Geography Awareness Week, the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library invites you to a reception and panel on Thurs, Nov 15, at 3:30 p.m., More Than Geography. The discussion, which begins at 4 p.m., engages the libraries’ current exhibition Mapping Home/Collecting Truths and will be moderated by Joe Bryan, Associate Professor, Geography Department. Panelists Mike Dwyer (Geography), Jim Miranda (English), and Phuong Vuong (English), will discuss their own work as faculty and graduate students, and how it intersects with themes in the exhibition.
Both this panel discussion and exhibition are part of the campus-wide program, Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present, Future). The exhibit also includes visual works by four CU graduate students (Geosciences, Environmental Science, Center for the Study of Origins and Information Science) addressing the impacts of climate and environmental change on Native American lands.
Please join us Thursday for refreshments at 3:30 p.m., an enthralling discussion and a chance to engage with CU students, faculty, and artists about their current work.
- Joe Bryan has worked extensively on mapping projects with indigenous peoples in the Americas, including projects in Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. He is the author of numerous publications on indigenous mapping, including the book Weaponizing Maps: Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the Americas (Guilford, 2015) co-authored with Denis Wood.
- Michael Dwyer is a political ecologist who studies land and natural resource politics in Southeast Asia. His research examines the legacies of Cold War geopolitics in present-day land conflict in Laos, the politics of property formalization in both Laos and Cambodia, and governance debates about carbon forestry, road building and energy development across the Mekong region. Mike is an Instructor in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Senior Affiliated Research Scientist at the University of Bern’s Center for Development and Environment.
- Jim V. Miranda is a PhD candidate who is currently working on his dissertation Border Transits: Crossing Deserts, Bridges, and Networks in Latinx and Indigenous Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His project confronts the violent history of the borderlands while also revealing alternative geographical representations and practices of migrants and Indigenous populations that operate within and against these material and conceptual constraints. In addition to working on his dissertation, Jim has a chapter in the forthcoming Latinx Ciné: Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the 21st Century (University of Arizona Press, 2019) on Alex Rivera’s film Sleep Dealer and is currently co-writing an article on Moore and Gibbon’s Watchmen as a speculation on the demise of the humanities.
- Phuong T. Vuong has been awarded fellowships from Tin House, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. A 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize finalist, she has publications in the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins,Duende, Cutthroat, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Colorado Boulder.