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Week of March 11th, 2019

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No GGIS Colloquium this week - Enjoy your Spring Break!

Monday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m.
2049 NHB - Russell Room
Dissertation Defense: Ryan Stock (Advisor: Trevor Birkenholtz)

Craig Knoblock - March 27th at 4pm in 2079 Natural History 


Thursday, March 28th, 2:00 p.m.
2049 NHB - Russell Room
Dissertation Defense: Yoo Min Park (Advisor: Mei-Po Kwan)

Friday & Saturday, March 29-30
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Unit for Criticism: Racial Capitalism Symposium
Keynotes by Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Grad Center, CUNY) and Michael Dawson (UChicago)

Dr. Brian Jefferson is on the conference organizing committee, and will co-moderate the Saturday afternoon panel discussion.

Friday, May 10th, 11:00 a.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - Register until April 24

Saturday, May 11th, 2:00 p.m.
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
SESE Convocation - Register now!
Students graduating in May or August 2019 are encouraged to attend this ceremony, which will also include graduates from Atmospheric Sciences; Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainabilty; and Geology. SESE Convocation does include hooding of Master's and PhD degrees. Graduate students: Please speak with your advisor if you plan on attending the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony and/or Convocation.


Invited by AAG President Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Mei-Po Kwan will speak in the Presidential Plenary of the 2019 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3, 6:20 pm. The Presidential Plenary will address “The Intersection of Geography, Environmental Science, Human Health, and Human Rights” and feature several distinguished speakers including Rita Colwell (former director of the NSF). More information about the plenary is available at

Call for Proposals: Unit for Criticism Faculty Fellowship Program, 2019
Application guidelines

Applications due: March 29, 12pm (CST).
Letters of support due: April 1, 12pm (CST).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Junior Fellowship
for assistant professors in their first to fourth years (who need not be 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Fellowship (for associate and full professors who are 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism)

Graduate Students

AAG Conference Travel Support for GGIS graduate students
Webform closes: Friday, March 15th

If you will be presenting your research at AAG, please complete this webform to receive up to $200 in departmental travel support:


M.S. in GIS + Business = Illinois PSM
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Coble Hall, Room 304
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? Join us on April 3rd in 304 Coble Hall from 4:00 – 5:00 pm to learn more about our 18-month, non-thesis program which include three semesters of study and a summer internship. Learn more about the Illinois PSM in GIS and other PSM programs at