Talks announced for Fall colloquia for 2015!

Talks announced for Autumn 2015 Colloquia!

Colloquium presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304
“Unmaking the Bomb: Waste, Health, and the Politics of Impossibility.”
Shannon Cram (PhD, UC Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, where she teaches classes in Science, Technology and Society. A Geographer by training, she is interested in complex relationships between nature, power and the body.

Brownbag at 12 pm, Smith 411
Colloquium Presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304
Natalie Oswin (PhD, University of British Columbia) studies the geographies of sexuality, drawing on queer and postcolonial theories to understand the workings of heteronormativity in various sites. Dr. Oswin has conducted field research in Singapore and South Africa and engaged in conceptual work on the notion of queer geographies, the sexual politics of global urbanism, and the politics of mobility in global cities.

Colloquium presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304
Jonneke Koomen (PhD, University of Minnesota) is Associate Professor of Politics and contributing faculty member in International Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Willamette University. Dr. Koomen has conducted field research on transnational women’s rights campaigns and grassroots activism in East Africa and the politics of witness testimony at the International Criminal Court.

Colloquium presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304
Jim Thatcher (PhD, Clark University) is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at UW Tacoma. Dr. Thatcher researches how geospatial technologies are changing people’s daily lives, and their interactions in the cities where they live. He was recently awarded a CyberGIS fellowship from the National Science Foundation to develop a new program in geospatial technologies.

Kim England interviewed on gender and career options

Professor Kim England was featured on a panel of experts speaking to the ways in which we can “improve the plight of working mothers.” You can view the list of questions and Professor England’s answers below.

It’s clear that something must be done in order to increase workplace gender equality and ease the burden on working parents, but there is significant debate about what that “something” should be. For some added insight into the issue, we turned to an eclectic group of experts – from university professors who research gender roles and economics to the authors of some of the most popular career and women’s blogs. Below, you can check out both our panel and their responses to the following key questions:

1. Is it becoming easier or harder for women to balance a career and family?
2. What can companies do to help working parents balance home and work life?
3. What careers are most difficult to balance work and family? Easiest?
4. What can state and local governments do to support working mothers?
5. What needs to be done to promote gender equality in the workplace?

Follow the link below to read Professor Kim England’s responses and the responses of other folks on the panel of experts.