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The Founders Seminar is the Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar series. In each Fall and Winter term speakers are invited to present to an audience of students and faculty with an interest in Geography (human and physical) and Geomatics. The seminar is usually biweekly and starts a few weeks after the beginning of the term.

We start with a meet and greet usually in Room Loeb A220 by 14:30; light snacks are provided. Talks of around 40 minutes are followed by questions. Later, we often go to Mike’s place (campus bar) to continue discussions.

The name “Founders Seminar” was chosen around the year 2000 to honour the founding members of the relatively young department: those who were present from the 1950s and those who were part of the major growth cycle in the late 60s and 70s. These individuals started the Department and later formed the base for its application for the Ph.D. degree.

Program for the Winter Term 2018

January 19, 2018: Dr. John Zelenski, Carleton University, Happiness Lab, Department of Psychology. Title: “Happiness and Engagement with Nature”

February 2, 2018: Dr. David Wachsmuth, McGill University. Title: “Airbnb versus the city: The political economy of short-term rentals”

March 2, 2018: Dr. Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California. Title: “Health and Citizenship at Home” 

March 6, 2018: Kai Bosworth, University of Minnesota. Title: “‘They’re Treating Us Like Indians!’: Political ecologies of property and race in North American pipeline populism

March 9, 2018 CANCELLED due to CUPE 2424 strike, hopefully subject to rescheduling: Dr. Glenn A. Benoy, IJC Canadian Section. Title: “SPARROW watershed modelling and the eutrophication of transboundary lakes and rivers”

March 13, 2018: Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota.  Title: “The Sanitary City and Its Outcast(e)s: Wastewater Governance and the Labor of Infrastructure in India”

March 23, 2018 CANCELLED due to CUPE 2424 strike: Dr. Patricia Wood, York University. Title: “Urban Citizenship and the 2008 Financial Crisis”

April 6, 2018 CANCELLED: Dr. Adrienne Tivy, Canadian Ice Service. Title: “Monitoring and predicting sea ice in Canada: An overview of applied science at the Canadian Ice Service”

We look forward to seeing everyone back for a new seminar schedule in September!