Colloquium provides a space for shared intellectual exploration within UW Geography, while also welcoming guest speakers and listeners from outside the department. Each year the UW Geography department hosts a lecture series, inviting guest speakers to share exciting new research from various subfields of Geography and from intersecting disciplines. The annual Colloquium series brings faculty guests from universities across the United States, as well as honored guests working here at the University of Washington in a range of disciplines. Graduate students nearing the completion of their PhD work are also invited to present their research in this forum. The colloquium series also hosts Special Workshops, which are often aimed at graduate students’ needs and include a Pedagogy Seminar Series taught by department faculty, as well as workshops on funding, human subjects review, and library resources and tools.


Colloquium lectures take place in Smith Hall, room 304 on Friday afternoons at 3:30pm. A reception with light refreshments follows each talk (upstairs in Smith 409). The current schedule of speakers is listed below. Additional information about these and past guests can be found on the Schedule of Guest Speakers & Workshops page. In addition, guests invited to talk at our colloquium series can find information about their visit here.

Autumn, 2013

October 25:  Amanda Hornby, Refreshing Your Research Techniques

November 1:  Rick Schroeder

November 8: Diversity Committee Event

November 15:  Gwen Ottinger

November 22:  Larry Knopp

December 6:  Departmental Holiday Party


Winter, 2014

January 10: Stephen Matthews

January 24: Maureen Hickey

February 7: Matt Wilson

February 21: Kathleen O’Reilly

February 28: Katie Gillespie

March 7: Vinay Gidwani

March 14: Brandon Derman

Spring, 2014

April 18:  Colin Flint

April 25:  Elizabeth Johnson

May 2:  Sarah Quinn

May 9:  Joe Hannah, Reflecting on Using Interactive Classrooms for Teaching

May 16:  Mike Babb

May 30: Ryan Burns