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Week of February 12th, 2018

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Colloquium - Senegalese Migration to Europe: God and Self-deprecation in a Multi-causal Perspective
co-presented by Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP)
Dr. Papa Faye,
Centre d’Action pour le Développement et la Recherche (CADRE)
Monday, February 26th, 3:30 p.m.
Room 2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
With the rise of authoritarian populism, European media and governments present unauthorized migration from African countries as a serious threat. As migration has risen to the top of the international development agenda, the EU and other donor countries are supporting migration prevention programs across Africa. The waves of new migration to Europe, however, are misrepresented and poorly understood in the media and in social science scholarship. In most cases, migration is explained by a singular cause, such as unemployment, low wages, poverty, conflicts, climate change or culture. No single explanation holds, however, when migration is viewed from the perspective of migrants and their parents. In addition to describing multiple causal pressures, young Senegalese men describe their decision to take on the risk of emigration in fatalistic terms, explaining that their destiny is in the hands of God as they migrate...[Read more + bio]

M.S. in GIS + Business = Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM) Info Session
Tuesday, February 27th, 5-6:00 p.m.
Room 2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
Are you contemplating graduate school, but just don’t know if you are up for research and a thesis?  Does the thought of combing geographic information science (GIS) and business skills excite you? Learn more about an 18-month, non-thesis program which include three semesters of study and a summer internship.

School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) Research Review
Friday, March 2nd, 2:00 p.m.
Room 3083 NHB - SESE Core

Each year, the SESE Research Review brings together the departments of the School of Earth, Society & Environment to share exciting research and promote networking among attendees.

Illinois Geographical Society - 2018 Annual Meeting
"Roots, Routes and the River: Exploring Land Use and Human Activity in Southwestern Illinois"
April 26-29, 2018, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Full agenda [PDF]
Consider presenting a paper or poster! Student papers and posters are especially encouraged. Presentations are scheduled for Saturday, April 29th.
Registrations must be received by April 10th to guarantee reservations for meals and field trip. Questions? Contact Ty Liles (847) 543-2670 or


Professor Jesse Ribot is Keynote Speaker at the Development Days Conference 2018, presented by the Finnish Society for Development Research on February 15-16 in Helsinki, Finland. The conference topic is “The politics of sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice."

Dr. Ribot will then travel to Malmö, Sweden with Dr. Papa Faye, Executive Secretary of CADRE and former GGIS postdoc, to present their ongoing research project "Local Democracy and Vulnerability Reduction in Africa: Political Representation under a Changing Sky" to students and faculty at Lund University and Malmö University. This project is funded in part by the International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD).


2018–2019 Internship Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Environmental Humanities
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present.

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Environmental Humanities research group for the academic year 2018–2019. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester. Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research.
Questions about this internship opportunity may be addressed to IPRH Associate Director Nancy Castro at or (217) 244-7913.