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Week of March 25th, 2019

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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)
Spatiotemporal Approaches to Understanding Environmental Justice and Multi-Contextual Segregation

Friday, March 29th, 2:00 p.m.
NHB 2049 - Russell Room
Graduate Student AAG Practice Talks

Geography & GIS graduate students will give practice talks as they prepare for next week’s AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Faculty, fellow graduate students, and visiting scholars are encouraged to attend and give valuable feedback.
*Graduate students: There are still open spots on the schedule - please sign up if you want to give a practice talk.

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, April 5th, 7 p.m.
Southern Hospitality, 1815 Adams Mill Road
An invite to share drinks, food, and good cheer at the University of Illinois reception at the AAG in D.C. It is a 15 minute walk from the Marriott (a straight shot walking east). We look forward to seeing you there!  

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

Congratulations to PhD students Junghwan Kim (advisor: Mei-Po Kwan) and Fikriyah Winata (Advisor: Sara McLafferty), who were both awarded Spring 2019 Graduate College Conference Travel Grants!

Jung attended the 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Conference in January, and Fik is headed to the GeoHealth Network Conference at the end of April.


Each spring, GGIS presents the Jerome Fellmann and John Thompson Awards to graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to the department. We are proud to announce the Spring 2019 award recipients, who will be invited to the LAS Awards Ceremony on April 28th, and recognized at SESE Convocation on Saturday, May 11th.

Jerome Fellmann Award: Claire Kredens
John Thompson Award: Samuel James, Adam Camp

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