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Film: The Square showing on March 18

The Department of Geography invites you to a showing of “The Square,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary following the on-going Egyptian Revolution that began in 2011. Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 – 9:15pm Wallenburg Auditorium, Nobel Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College Free and open to the public.  

Film tonight: The Milagro Bean Field War

Join Geography Professor Bob Moline and his GEG-234 Landscapes of the American West class for a showing of the movie The Milagro Bean Field War today, Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm in the downstairs Audiovisual Room 1 of the Library. Set in rural New Mexico, The Milagro Bean Field War tells the story of […]


Lecture by author Chimamanda Adichie

The amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a writer from Nigeria who burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with her debut novel Purple Hibiscus, will deliver the 2014 Moe Lecture in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10 in Alumni Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College. The lecture is free and open to the public, […]


Building Bridges Conference this Saturday: Disposable Communities? Demanding Environmental Justice

Guest post by Elsa Bell and Shelbie Walsh. This Saturday! Gustavus Geography majors Shelbie Walsh and Elsa Bell would like to invite all of our fellow geography members to attend the Building Bridges conference at Gustavus on March 8 starting at 9am! We have been working all year to put this conference together, both of […]


Upcoming Geography Dept. Talk: The future of mapping technology and what it means for society

In celebration of the new GIS minor at Gustavus, the Department of Geography is excited to announce an upcoming talk by Dr. Steve Manson, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota: “Geographic Information Science: Maps, Society, and Technology.” Friday, March 7, at 3:30pm in Olin Hall 103, Gustavus Adolphus College Steven Manson is […]


Meg Wika wins AAG-GTU travel award

Congratulations to Meg Wika, senior geography major, who has been awarded an Association of American Geographer‘s (AAG) and Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) student travel award. This award will allow Meg to present her senior honors thesis at the national meeting of the AAG in Tampa, FL, in April 2014. Meg’s presentation is titled “Family, Patriotism, […]


Water and Climate Change Talk at Gustavus: Feb 27

Dr. Jason Smerdon, Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will present a talk titled “Drip, Drip, Drip: Water, Climate Change, and Tales of Want and Excess in the 21st Century” on Thursday, February 27, at 7:30 pm in Olin 103, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Frost depths in Minnesota recorded at up to nearly 8 feet deep

Anyone living in Minnesota right now knows just how cold this winter has been. The Minnesota DNR writes, “The winter of 2013-14 has been the coldest in years. So far the average temperature of Meteorological Winter (December-February 9) is 9.4 degrees. If similar extreme cold continues for the rest of February, the winter of 2013-14 […]

Release of Google Earth-viewable historical global temperature data

Here’s a new data resource that looks great for student research projects, classroom instruction, or simply to play with. The University of East Anglia has released a Google Earth-compatible data set of global temperatures based on 6000 weather stations and reaching as far back as 1850. Find the data here.


Arb Soup and Sandwich Seminar – Dr. Anna Versluis, Geography Department: Geo-engineering: Can we engineer our way out of climate change?

In the search for solutions to climate change concerns, Geo-engineering (also called “climate engineering”) has recently emerged as a potential solution (seeding the oceans with iron, for example).  Following a brief background on earth systems and climate change, we’ll talk about various proposals for geo-engineered solutions to climate change challenges, and look at what modern […]