Entries tagged with ‘Geography’


Why geographic knowledge is more important than ever

Michigan State Geography Professor Kirk Goldsberry makes the case for the importance of geographic education and spatial thinking: “In its 375 years, Harvard has only ever eliminated one entire academic program. If you had to guess, what program do you think that was and when was it killed off? “The answer: Harvard eradicated its Geography […]


Living in the era of the geographer

This quote comes from the Preface of the National Research Council’s 2010 report Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences. “We are living in an era of receding glaciers, accelerating loss of species habitat, unprecedented population migration, growing inequalities within and between nations, rising concerns over resource depletion, and shifting patterns of […]

Geosciences take over Chapel

A trifecta of Gustavus geography and geology professors will be headlining the 10am daily Chapel time this week and next: Dr. Mark Bjelland (Geography) will be speaking on Friday, Feb. 22, Dr. Ryan Bergstrom (Geography) on Monday, Feb. 25, and Dr. Julie Bartley (Geology) on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Come join us for the Geosciences’ three-day […]


Geographer Don Mitchell receives Swedish Society medal

Post adapted from the November 2012 AAG Newsletter. Don Mitchell, Maxwell Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, recently received the prestigious Anders Retzius Medal in Gold from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography (SSAG). The award was presented to Mitchell by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden on Vega Day, which […]


Geographers are adventurers

13 Geography students spent January 2009 on a January term course led by Dr. Bjelland entitled “City Planning in the United Kingdom.” Four of those students were geography majors and the rest came from fields such as political science, management, education, and environmental studies. In looking back through trip photos, Dr. Bjelland noticed that the […]


Geographers Do Field Sketching in Britain

Dr. Bjelland’s January Term class worked on learning to see the design elements of British cities and landscapes through sketching and mapping exercises.