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The Founders Seminar is the Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar series. 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.

Special Founders Seminar

Wednesday October 17th, 2018: “Beyond the Hipsters: Where Young Adults live and why it Matters”

CANCELLED – Friday November 2nd, 2018: “Neutralizing Impact: Caribou at the Intersection of Political Economy and Extinction”

Wednesday November 28th, 2018: “Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Society: Inequalities, Exclusions and Power Asymmetries of User Generated Geoinformation”

January 23, 2019: Glenn A. Benoy “SPARROW: Watershed Modelling and the Eutrophication of Transboundary Lakes and Rivers”

February 6, 2019: Ingrid Waldron (Dalhousie University) “There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities”

February 27, 2019: Jon Tunnicliffe (University of Auckland) “Insights into River Morphodynamics Following the Nov 2016 Kaijoura Earthquake (New Zealand) from Drone-based Photogrammetry”

March 6, 2019: Patricia Wood (York University) “From Occupy to Indigenous Politics of Refusal: Geographies of the Invisible and Impossible”

March 27, 2019: Human Geography Panel (Various) “Critical Approaches to Planning” (Jen Ridgley, Ted Rutland, Heather Dorries, Sheryl-Ann Simpson) *to be finalized