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Everything all the time: Agrarian resilience and development in the Anthropocene

Department of Geography Distinguished Harrison and Eva Bailey Alumni Lecture

Ed Carr is Professor and Director, International Development, Community, and Environment Department and Director, Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL), George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

Despite considerable aggregate improvements in the human condition over the past century, global development is a persistent site of frustration and disappointment. Its outcomes remain highly uneven and often come up short of expectations, and its thinking appears adrift on a sea of increasingly aged, vague neoliberal ideas. Critical development studies, however, is equally unmoored, lacking a central paradigm around which to interrogate, conceive alternatives to, and therefore challenge and change contemporary development policy and implementation. This talk presents some notes toward a critically-informed global development for the anthropocene in which the rich and the poor, the marginal and the powerful, find their interdependence increasingly obvious. It argues for a agrarian development centered on risk reduction that might catalyze complex and indeterminate changes at the local scale such that broader development goals such as the reduction of hunger might be achieved, and points to the challenges that will emerge from such an effort.
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
W.T. Young Auditorium - Main Library

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Alumni, Professors

By Gail Hairston

(Left to right) Dan Reedy, Karl Raitz, Dean Mark Kornbluh, Martha Rolingson, Charles Grizzle and Tom Spalding.

The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences celebrated its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building.

Geography Professor Pursues Her Passion for Biodiversity in Tanzania

By Tiffany Molina

Beymer-Farris and a friend tote firewood through the Tanzanian jungle.

2016 Conference on Critical Geography: Situated Solidarities

The University of Kentucky Department of Geography is hosting the 23rd Annual Conference on Critical Geography, Oct. 14th through 16th. This conference is free and open to the public. 

We are especially excited this year to host a Pancake Brunch on Sunday. All are welcome, but please make a donation if possible at the conference registration desk or the brunch itself to help allay the costs.

Twitter Hashtag: #critgeo2016

2019 - 47th Annual Ellen Churchill Semple Day

Semple Day is our annual, Spring celebration of the Geography Department at the University of Kentucky. Come and reacquaint yourself with the Department and University, and enjoy the day’s highlights: an afternoon open colloquium by a distinguished visitor and an evening celebration at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington, only a few blocks from campus. The reception provides a chance to catch up with friends (and make new ones) over a social hour and banquet dinner, a venue for a brief program of awards and recognitions, and a convenient departure point for post-Semple celebrations on your own in Lexington’s burgeoning downtown entertainment scene.

The event will start at 2:00 PM in the W.T. Young Library, UK Athletics Association Auditorium and will reconvene at the Lyric Theatre at 6:00 PM.

Friday Afternoon Address by Professor Karl Raitz

Talk Title:  An Archipelago of Risk: Making Bourbon, Landscape, and Heritage in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky.

For more information about the venues please visit W.T. Young Library and The Lyric Theatre.   

Also explore Local Hotels in the vicinity of the University

Please see announcement below for more information about the event and banquet reservations.




Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
W.T. Young Library Auditorium
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