Ohio State University
April 24, 2014
4:00 pm 021 Fairchild
Dieynabou Barry is conducting thesis research on black student activism during the 1960's and 1970's at Dartmouth College. Dieynabou became interested in this topic because her experiences at Dartmouth. Although, she came to Dartmouth with a genuine passion for international development, she has dedicated most of her academic career to social justice issues within the United States. Her experiences with race, class, and gender at Dartmouth harnessed her passion for issues of social inequality. As a member of the Afro-American Society and NAACP, Dieynabou became very passionate about racial justice issues and has dedicated much of her time and energy to make Dartmouth College a more accepting place for racial minorities as well as other marginalized groups. For a long time, she wondered why activism did not exist at Dartmouth and why dialogue was the only vehicle used to try and create changes to institutional structures at Dartmouth. While studying in Prague last spring, she was very interested in the protests that occurred on campus. Dieynabou questioned how and why the protest developed after so many years of non-activity. In her research, she hopes to find the answers to these questions. She is specifically focusing on the efforts the Afro-American Society made to improve the life of black students at Dartmouth in the 1960's and 1970's. She has conducted extensive archival research at Rauner Special Collections Library and conducted several interviews with Dartmouth alum to collect data. After she submits her thesis, she hopes that various groups and organizations will use it to their advantage to inform and implement changes on campus that will benefit marginalized members of the greater Dartmouth community.
In February Mona Domosh delivered delivered the "Gordon Manley" annual lecture at Royal Holloway University of London.
Pennsylvania State University's Department of Geography has named a student essay competition after Professor Jennifer Fluri and Professor Amy Trauger (U-Georgia) both graduates of that department. The award recognizes their role in promoting a "culture of mentorship, support and outreach" for young women in geography.
Richard Wright has a new article published, "The Great Recession and the Allure of New Immigrant Destinations in the United States." This paper concerns the migration of the foreign born in the United States. In the 1990s, many immigrants dispersed to non-traditional settlement locations (what have become known as "new immigrant destinations"). This paper examines whether the allure of new destinations persisted in the 2000s with a particular focus on the internal migration of the foreign-born during the recent deep recessionary period and its aftermath. We find a correlation between the declining internal migration propensity of the U.S.-born and immigrants in the last two decades. We also observe parallels between the geographies of migration of native- and foreign-born populations with both groups moving to similar metropolitan areas in the 1990s. This redistributive association, however, weakened in the subsequent decade as new destination metropolitan areas lost their appeal for both groups, especially immigrants. Support from the NSF made the research possible
Susanne Freidberg delivered the keynote address at the 10th annual Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science (WHEATS) on February 7 at the University of Kansas.
Paul Jackson, Postdoctoral Fellow
Paul Jackson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography. Paul investigates how scientists and experts grapple with the interaction between humans and the urban environment. Paul focuses on those experts who presume that this interaction produces populations that are deficient, disadvantaged, and/or diseased. He interrogates these relationships in a variety of time periods: how cholera and marshland was thought to make cities inherently unhealthy (1870s-1890s); how religious pilgrims were blamed global pandemics (1890s-1920s); how inner-city environments were feared to lower children's IQ (1950s-1960s); and how environmental toxins are suspected to be the cause of the autism epidemic (1990s-present). His work has been published in Antipode and Cultural Geographies. He has taught courses on Toxic Geographies and Urbanization & the Environment. He also shares his office with an old codger named Alphie who barks at students and shamelessly begs for treats.
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