Geography Speaker Series

Speaker series offers informal talks and discussions on various geographical and environmentally related issues. It is open to staff, students and faculty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering the 2020-2021 lineup virtually.

2020- 2021 Schedule

Speaker: Masters Student Slideshow
Topic: Masters students present their research on a wide variety of topics
Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 3-4pm


Speaker: Winston Husbands, Senior Scientist, Ontario HIV Treatment Network
Topic: Anticipating the end of HIV: Implications for health, wellbeing and social justice at the end of an epidemic
Date: Friday, September 25
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: Scholarships Committee Presents: Canadian Common CV Workshop 
Topic: How to create a Canadian Common CV 
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 3-4pm


Speaker: Max Liboiron, Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Topic: Research methods are land relations
Abstract: 
All research methods enact land relations. They can be colonial land relations, anticolonial land relations or something else, but methodology is just another way to do land relations whether land means Nature, resource, or all my relations. Dr. Max Liboiron will discuss an anticolonial research method incubator, CLEAR, a scientific laboratory that investigates marine plastic pollution, with an eye to how these efforts can extend to research regardless of discipline or topic. The guiding question for this talk is how? How might we move good land relations into research when research legacies and standards are so often colonial, sexist, racist, elitist, macho, exclusive, individualist, masterful, and extractive? Spoiler: it’s tricky and you can start now.
Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist 
Topic: Mitigate, Adapt or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts
Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6pmCT / 7pmET - ZOOM Webinar https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/95000084425#success 
*Followed by a panel discussion with local experts


Speaker: Victoria Fast, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Topic: Counter Mapping Accessible Mobilities
Abstract: People with mobility-related disabilities—representing about 15% of the Canadian population—are systemically denied free and independent access to public spaces due to barriers that inhibit movement. Stairs without ramp options, ramps without edge protection, building without automated doors, unmarked and complicated accessible routes, steep (micro)slopes—among many others—are physical barriers that present significant challenges for people with visible, hidden, and temporary disabilities. This impact of a disabling environment is especially apparent on post-secondary campus, where people with disabilities are half as likely to complete a university education as their non-disabled counterparts. Working to understand and eliminate the systemic barriers on our campuses and in our cities, I draw on GIS, data science, critical disability studies and pedestrian mobilities to counter map systemic (spatial) barriers that prevent the full participation of people with disabilities in society. In this presentation, I explain the data typology development, data collection methods, map symbology and design, and spatial analysis that supports better campus planning for people with disabilities. In telling my research story, my hope is to inspire, inform, and invite others to create an open, inclusive, and urban environments for all pedestrians.
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: Renee Pualani Louis, Associate Researcher, University of Kansas
Topic: TBA
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: Faisal Moola, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Topic: TBA
Date: Friday, February 5
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: PhD Student Presentations
Topic: PhD students present their research on a wide variety of topics
Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 3-4pm


Speaker: Yun Zhang, Professor, University of New Brunswick 
Topic: TBA
Date: Friday, March 5
Time: 3:30-4:30pm


Speaker: Honours Thesis Presentations
Topic: Undergraduate Honours students present their thesis on a wide variety of topics
Date: Friday, March 26
Time: 3:30-4:30pm