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Showcasing the latest achievements, accolades, research, events and stories from the Department of Geography and Urban Studies  in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
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PhD Student Labaron Palmer accepted into the Digital Humanities Program at CHAT

Labaron Palmer, a first-year doctoral student in GUS, has been accepted to the Digital Humanities Program at the Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT). The title of Labaron’s project is “Digitizing the Middle East & North Africa: An American Perspective” and will investigate explain basic concepts particular to urban geography with an aim in minimizing negative…
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Temple University Critical Geography Conference

Hosted by Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies, the 21st Annual Critical Geography Conference hopes to include a wide array of scholars and activists doing work in critical geography.  This year’s overarching theme connotes an exploration of how we understand, follow, imagine, feel, utilize, yield to and alter the workings of power. Power has…
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The Value of Geography: A Note from the President of the American Geographical Society

The following is a note from Jerome E. Dobson, the President of the American Geographical Society discussing the contemporary value and importance of geography and geographers in today’s workplace. From the President… Geography in the Workforce: Good News to Share. For more information about the American Geographical Society, visit their website here.


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Colleen Hammelman awarded the 2014-2015 Harris Webber Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies is proud to announce that it will award the first Harris Webber Graduate Fellowship for doctoral study in the academic year 2014-2015.  This Fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Temple alumnus Harris Webber (CLA, ’65).   He is the founder of Harris Webber Ltd, a company involved…
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GUS student Wins Temple University Diamond Scholarship (2012-13)

Alison Merrick was a 2012 Diamond Scholar. The title of her research project is “Examining Accessibility to Mass Transportation by Different Populations in Philadelphia, PA.” Although recent reports indicate that mass transportation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is suffering due to budgetary constraints, suggesting that mass transit may fail to serve certain populations, the results of this mixed-methods…
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Professor Ben Kohl, 1954-2013

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University is greatly saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Professor Ben Kohl.  Ben died last week in Philadelphia of an apparent heart attack. Many of you know Ben through his contributions to Latin American studies, international development, and urban studies across the…
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GUS Graduate Student receives AAUW Fellowship

Sendy Guerrier, a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies, has been selected to receive an AAUW American Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. AAUW (American Association of University Women) provides one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. Its awards are highly competitive. Sendy is working on a dissertation under the direction of Dr. Melissa Gilbert titled “A…
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New Faculty Members join the Department of Geography and Urban Studies

Hamil Pearsall is a geographer specializing in urban sustainability and environmental justice. Her research bridges several themes in human-environment and human geography: the social dimension of sustainability; environmental justice and health; and community resilience to environmental and economic stressors. Her current projects focus on environmental gentrification, the role of vacant land in urban greening efforts, and…
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