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Department of Geography, Environment and Society Coffee Hour

The department of geography, environment, and society is hosting a coffee hour with professor John Hart on his work Old Haunts Revisited. This talk will take place Friday, April 17th in Blegen Hall 10 beginning at 3:30pm. Click here for more information.

The GWSS department is hosting a talk titled "Innocent, innocent, Not even not guilty": The State-Sanctioned Violence of (white) Self-Defense" by Lisa Cacho of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, April 17th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Click here for more information.

The interdisciplinary commons is hosting a two-part workshop to take place on April 17th and May 1 from 1-3pm in 140 Nolte Center around the theme "Articulating Your Interdisciplinary Research Interests - in Writing and Speaking". Click here for more information.

ICGC Lecture, "The Challenge of Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and Militarism in Media"

The ICGC is hosting a talk by Mary Vavrus, Associate Professor in Communication Studies on Friday, April 17th at 12:00pm in 537 Heller Hall titled "The Challenge of Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and Militarism in Media". Click here for more information.

University Libraries "Data Sharing in the Social Sciences: What are my options?"

THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES are presenting "Data Sharing in the Social Sciences: What are my options?" on Monday, April 27th from 10:00-11:30am in S30A Wilson Library. Click here for more information.

American Studies Co-Sponsored Event: Experiencing Mass Images, a two-day conference

The Department of Art History's Graduate Planning Committee is hosting Experiencing Mass Images, a two-day conference to be held this April 16-17, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities of which American Studies is a Co-Sponsor. The event will focus on providing interdisciplinary approaches to investigating the impact of mass images on American experience in recent history. Click here for more information.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies Queer Faculty of Color Panel

Queer Faculty of Color Panel
Thursday, April 23rd
11am-1pm
Coffman Memorial Union Room 303
Lunch served

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies will host professors Elliot Powell, Malinda Lindquist, and J.B. Mayo in a conversation about their experiences as queer scholars of color at the University of Minnesota. They will discuss how their identities have impacted their interactions with students and job advancement.

Join us for conversation, lunch and a prize drawing for these scholars' favorite books!

THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT is co-sponsoring the Steven Salaita Lecture titled "Uncivil Rites: Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, & Academic Freedom" on Monday, April 20th from 3:30 - 5:00pm in 5 Blegen Hall. Click here to find out more.

Department of Geography, Environment and Society Coffee Hour

Please join us Friday, April 10th for the Department of Geography, Environment and Society Coffee Hour in Blegen Hall 445 beginning at 3:30. Complimentary refreshments and coffee will be served starting at 3:15. This week, there will be two talks from GES graduate students. Following are the talk details:

"They're treating us like Indians":
Land, autochthony, and political myth in the Keystone XL struggle
Kai A. Bosworth
Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Society, University of Minnesota

Geographers and political ecologists have recently turned to materialist accounts of land, energy, and infrastructure to offer accounts of how the properties and features of infrastructure can generate political controversy. Yet the political formation of these 'material publics' also spins out to affect and create political myths of belonging, property, and identity in American environmentalism. How does 'protecting the land' become a foundational myth for political controversies and contestations? In this talk, I provide an account of the Keystone XL struggle that situates 'land' not as a pre-existing foundation, but instead a set of dynamic relations (re)generated by infrastructure controversy in western South Dakota. I examine how 'land' - as a signifier, discourse, and a social practice of relating with the Earth - is generated anew and thus reworks the foundational myths of North American settler colonialism. I use the classical Greek concept of 'autochthony' - the feeling of belonging to or being borne from the Earth - to help navigate the ways in which the political mythology of 'land' is created by sociotechnical infrastructure projects and sedimented through liberal narratives of multiculturalism, property rights, and public political participation. Understanding 'land' in such a fashion has wide ranging implications for how we conceptualize rural identities, American environmentalism, and the political actions of material publics in the Anthropocene.

Matching Flight Departure Patterns with Daily Residential Experience: A Fine-Grained Spatiotemporal Analysis

Dudley Bonsal

Dept. of Geography, Environment, and Society, University of Minnesota

Residential accounts of experiencing airport noise often address how the noise corresponds to and disrupts day-to-day activity. Federal regulation of the noise, however, operates at broader spatial and temporal scales. To give greater consideration to the correspondence between noise and daily life, I adopt a fine-grained GIS approach to analyzing flight departures from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, specifically focusing on times of day and week, frequency of flights, and altitude. Through analysis of large volumes of flight pattern data, I provide a representation of airport noise that highlights the spatial and temporal varieties of residential experience.

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies is hosting a talk by Professor Eileen Boris of UC- Santa Barbara on "Organizing the Home Workplace: Making Women Through Global Labor Standards" on Friday, April 10th, 2015 from 1"15-3:00pm in 614 Social Sciences. Click Organizing the Home Workplace.pdf for more information.

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