Exciting Fall Quarter Simpson Center Events

Biological Futures in a Globalized World

Emerging Issues in Biological Futures: A Panel Discussion

When: Monday, Oct 10, 2011 – 4:00 PM Where: Communications 202

Biological Futures in a Globalized World brings together scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to explore the current and future impact of bio-technology on human affairs. This inaugural colloquium, moderated by Alison Wylie (Philosophy), features Matthew Sparke (Geography) on global health and South Lake Union as a hub for biotechnology; Leah Ceccarelli (Communication) on the metaphor of the frontier in debates about research priorities in the biological sciences; and Gaymon Bennett (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) on ethics and the practice of synthetic biology. Part of the 2011-12 Biological Futures Colloquium series.

Posthegemony and Affect

Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 1:00 PM Communications 202

Beasley Murray is author of Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin America (2010).

Indigenous Peoples and the Idea of Reconciliation

When: Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 – 4:00 PM Where: Communications 12

In this presentation, Dale Turner, author of This is not a peace pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy (2006), will discuss the evolving idea of Indigenous reconciliation in the context of the recently ratified United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Love Live Shame! The Good Side of Nations and Nationalism

When: Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 – 6:30 PM Where: Kane 120

Benedict Anderson (Emeritus, International and Government Studies, Cornell University).
This talk by the author of the landmark book Imagined Communities, addresses the origins of political shame and the value that should be attached to it. What creates the visceral attachment people feel for their country? Before which spectators is the emotion aroused? What understanding of “nation” is necessary? Can political shame is progressive and emancipating?

Friday, October 14

The Weakness of One: Devolution, Responsibilisation, and Citizenship in Neoliberal Rationality

When: Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 6:00 PM Where: Communications 120

In this talk, Wendy Brown, author of Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010) and Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (2006) among many other books, offers a theoretical analysis tracing how neoliberalism shapes agency and how that impacts political possibilities for leftist projects.

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Geography Awards Ceremony & Graduation Reception

The Geography Department’s annual awards ceremony and graduation reception will be held this Friday, June 10, from 11:30-1:30 at the UW Center For Urban Horticulture.

All graduating seniors and MA and PhD recipients will be recognized, and awards will be given for academic excellence, teaching, senior projects, and oral presentations. A reception will follow.

We are graduating nearly 150 undergraduates this year (a department record), as well as awarding the following advanced degrees:


Monica Farias.
Embodying Economic ‘Crisis': Argentina’s middle classes and the cultural politics of difference (Lawson)

Jessica Garcia
Understanding Tensions Between Care and the Market: The Case of Starbuck’s (Jarosz)

Sara Gilbert
The Arc of Instability and the Globalization Game: Geographical and Other Imaginaries of the NIC (Sparke)

Christopher Lizotte
The Children of Choice : Public Education Reform and the Evolution of Neoliberal Governance. (Mitchell)

Margaret Ramirez
Food as an engine: Race, privilege and the transformative potential of food justice work in Seattle (Lawson)

Allison Schultz
(Re)Placing the ‘Fattest Americans': a critical geography of obesity and diabetes among the Akimel O’otham. (Jarosz)


Annie E. Bartos
Remembering, Sensing and Caring for their Worlds: Children’s Environmental Politics in a Rural New Zealand Town (Brown)

Dominic Corva
The Geo-politics of narco-governance in the Americas: a political economy approach (Sparke)

Robert Ian Duncan
Russian public health and the geographies of alcohol-related harm (ZumBrunnen)

Todd Faubion
Discourse, Power, and Policy: Constructing AIDS Treatment Access in South Africa (Jarosz)

Juan Galvis
Ordering the Public: Urban Governance, Development and Public Space in Bogota (Lawson)

Jaime Kelly,
Pilgrims of Modernity: Beijing Luxury Hotel Workers in Pursuit of an Urban Future (Chan)

Kacy McKinney
Seeding whose future? Exploring entanglements of neoliberal choice, children’s labor, and mobility in hybrid Bt cotton seed     production in western India (Jarosz)

Tricia Ruiz
Separate and Unequal? Exploring the Racial Geographies of School Quality and Student Achievement  (Ellis)