Mayer Lectures

Harold & Florence Mayer Lecture Series

This lecture series is made possible by an endowment from Harold and Florence Mayer. Harold Mayer (1916–1994) was a Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and one of the leading scholars in the field of urban geography in the twentieth century. He specialized in Urban and Transport Geography of North America with a focus on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia.

Fall 2017

Trevor Barnes, Geography Department, University of British Columbia,
“Unboxing economic geography”

Spring 2017

Trevor Barnes, Geography Department, University of British Columbia,
“Unboxing economic geography”

Fall 2016

Becky Mansfield, Geography, Ohio State University
“Epigenetic life: reconfiguring biological and social reproduction”

Spring 2016

John R. Logan, Sociology; Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University
“Title TBA”

Fall 2015

Geoffrey Henebry, Geospatial Sciences Center for Excellence, South Dakota State University
“Remote Sensing of Land Surface Phenologies and Seasonalities Using Hot, Warm, and Cool Earthlight”

Spring 2015

Paul Robbins, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Frogs and Workers: Biodiversity Amidst Global Commodity Production in India”

Fall 2014

Daniel Sui, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
“Rethinking geographic research and education in the age of open science”

Spring 2014

Audrey Kobayashi, Department of Geography, Queen’s University
“Beyond the Chicago School: Urban Geography’s Revisionist Past”

William Woods, Department of Geography, University of Kansas
“Pre-European Amazonian Populations”

Spring 2013

Richard Walker, Department of Geography, University of California-Berkeley
“The Rise and Fall of the Golden State: Hard Lessons of Liberal Capitalism Learned in California”

Fall 2012

James McCarthy, Department of Geography, Clark University
“The Social and Environmental Geographies of Boston’s ‘Big Dig’”

Spring 2012

Janice Monk, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
“The Normal Way: Exploring the Career Paths of Early Women Geographers”

Fall 2011

Andy Herod, Department of Geography, University of Georgia
“Labour Union Organizing Strategies in Early 21st Century USA”

Spring 2011

Craig Colten, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University
“Forgetting the Unforgettable: Social Memory and Resilience in New Orleans”

Fall 2010

Julio Betancourt, U.S. Geological Survey
“Climate and Ecosystems in the American West: Past, Present, and Future”

Spring 2010

Mei-Po Kwan, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
“Analysis of Time-Space Behaviour in the Urban Context: Geovisualization and Geocomputational Approaches”

Fall 2009

Sarah McLafferty, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Locating Diversity: Place, Immigration and Women’s Health Inequities in U.S. Cities”

Spring 2009

Jennifer Wolch, College of Environmental Design, University of California-Berkeley
“Climate Change and the Carbon Footprint of Cities”

Fall 2008

Larry Knopp, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth
“Race, Gender, and Venereal Biopower in Wartime Seattle”

Spring 2008

Randall Schaetzl, Department of Geography, Michigan State University
“Geographic studies on loess in the Upper Midwest: New Findings and Potential”

Spring 2008

William Cronon, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago”

Fall 2007

Robert Beauregard, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
“The Spaces of Urban Theory: From Chicago to Johannesburg and Beyond”

Spring 2007

Robert Lake, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
“Fictitious Urbanization: The Multiple regional Geographies of Urban Redevelopment”

Fall 2006

James Duncan & Nancy Duncan, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
“Colonizing Nature: The Production of an Environmental Disaster in 19th Century Ceylon”

Spring 2006

Glen MacDonald, Department of Geography, University of California-Los Angeles

Fall 2005

Allen Scott, Department of Geography, University of California-Los Angeles
“Creative Cities: Conceptual Issues and Policy Problems”

Spring 2005

Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Contesting Neoliberal Urbanization: Spaces and Scales of Activism”

Fall 2004

Neil Smith, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York
“The End Game of Globalization”

Fall 2003

Erik Swyngedouw, School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University
“Circulations and Metabolisms: Hybrid Natures and Cyborg Cities”

Spring 2003

Michael Batty, Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College of Longon
“Agent-based pedestrian modeling”

Spring 2002

Jamie Peck, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Workfare states: Geographies of Welfare Reform”

Spring 2000

John Gurda, Author and Independent Historian
“Where Milwaukee Is”

1997

Joseph Schwartzberg, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Deconstructing Two Cryptic Asian Maps”

1996

Ronald Abler, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
“Geography, Striving and Thriving in the 90s”

1995

Harold Rose, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“Urban Violence and Urban Geography”

1994

Robert Sinclair, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wayne State University
“Detroit – One City or Many?”

1993

James Duncan, Department of Geography, Syracuse University

1991

Eckart Ehlers, Department of Geography, University of Bonn

1990

Rutherford Platt, Department of Geography, University of Massachusetts

1989

Nick Crawford, Department of Geography, Western Kentucky University
“Environmental Problems in Urbanized Limestone Terrains”

Fall 1988

Philip L. Wagner, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University
“Communication and Environment: Why We Change the Earth”

Fall 1987

Paul E. Lydolph, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“The Agriculture Situation in the Soviet Union”

Spring 1987

Jean Gottman, School of Geography, Oxford University
“Action at the Crossroads – Revitalizing the Cities”

Norton Ginsburg, University of Chicago
“The Extended Metropolis”

Chauncy Harris, Department of Geography, University of Chicago
“A Geographical Introduction to the Soviet Union”