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New Maps Plus Student Wins National Cartography Award

By Madison Dyment

Kerry Gathers’ map detailed the economic impact of the whaling industry throughout the 19th century.

A&S Geography Faculty Member Recognized for Teaching Excellence at SEDAAG

By Ellie Wnek

UK faculty member Lynn Phillips received the 2018 South Eastern Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG) Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ninth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the Ninth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference on February 21-23, 2019 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. The DOPE Conference has become a key international forum for graduate students and faculty at all stages in their careers, fostering critical interdisciplinary discussion of urgent topics including: rural social movements; food systems; complexity in ecological and social systems; decolonization, knowledge, and difference; science and technology studies; neoliberal natures and climate justice; and feminist political ecologies, among many others. Over 300 scholars, activists, and environmental professionals attended DOPE 2018 representing dozens of disciplines and more than 100 institutions spread over four continents. Speakers for DOPE 2019 include Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon (Welcome Address - University of Kentucky), Dr. Carolyn Finney (Keynote Address - Independent Scholar), Dr. LaToya Eaves (Plenary Panelist - Middle Tennessee State University), Dr. Hanna Garth (Plenary Panelist - University of California San Diego), and Dr. Rachel Watkins (Plenary Panelist - American University). 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
University of Kentucky, Lexington KY

Oaxaca Summer Program

Interested in studying or researching abroad this summer? Check out the Social and Environmental Justice in Oaxaca program. In addition to seminars, guest lectures, and field visits in the city of Oaxaca, participants visit a number of communities throughout the state, engaging with critical issues including: “green” energy, alternative education, extractivism, migration, resistance, eco-techniques, comparative politics, territoriality, community based technology and communication, and more.

The program is a great choice for Environmental Studies, International Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Spanish, and Geography majors and minors, or anyone seeking to gain Spanish language skills, research experience, or elective credits. If you are interested in learning more about the program, stop by the Orientation to Oaxaca at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24 in Patterson Office Tower 843 or contact the faculty director Oliver Froehling at orfroe01@uky.edu.

There are a number of scholarships available for summer programs! Apply early to take advantage of scholarships available through the EA Office and  other external sources.

Students may receive anthropology or geography credits!!

Geography Students will enroll in  GEO 365: Special Topics in Regional Geography: Society and Environment in Oaxaca, Mexico (3 credit hours); GEO 431: Political Ecology (3 credit hours); and GEO 406: Field Studies in Geography: Undergraduate Field Research Experience, Oaxaca, Mexico (3 credit hours).

Note: GEO 406 is a lab course which fulfills the A&S College Laboratory or Field Experience Requirement.

Students who have already taken GEO 431 may take GEO 316: Environment and Development (3 credit hours) instead. GEO 316 fulfills the UK Core: Global Dynamics requirement.

For Anthropology credit, students will enroll in ANT 352: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Society and Environment in Oaxaca (3 credit hours) and ANT 399: Field-based/Community-based Education in Anthropology (3 credit hours)

All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)



Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 1:40pm
Room 843 Patterson Office Tower

75th Anniversary

Our department (founded in 1944) turns 75 in the summer of 2019! To celebrate this milestone in our departmental history we have organized a number of events this year. Please check back for updates on this page, and please don't hesitate to contact us for more information (Geography@uky.edu)  We hope to see you at one or more of our events this year!


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