Yi-Fu Tuan Lectures

Yi-Fu TuanThe Yi-Fu Lecture Series features a wide variety of U.S. and international guest lecturers from all geographic disciplines. Lecturers at these Friday seminars also often speak at brown-bag lunches, one-on-one student sessions, and breakfast meetings with student interest groups as part of their visit. Doctoral students are invited to present their final research. The lecture series was initiated by Dr. Tuan (pictured at right) and receives enthusiastic support as a department and campus tradition.

All lectures are presented on Friday at 3:30pm in Science Hall - Rm 180 unless otherwise noted. Alumni, friends and the public are always invited to attend.

Fall 2016 Lectures

Eric Carter7 October – The Health of the People: A History of Latin American Social Medicine

  • Eric Carter
  • Macalester College

This talk previews findings from a book project on the development of Latin American social medicine, supported by historical research in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica. This project sheds light on the ideological roots of social medicine, traces the development of the health-related social sciences in Latin America, situates them in a dynamic geopolitical context, and explains how social medicine ideas translate into policy. This talk will focus particularly on analyzing Salvador Allende's 1939 book The Socio-Medical Reality of Chile to explain potential contributions of the study of Latin American social medicine to health geography and related fields.

Jessi Lehman14 October – The Ocean Archive: Querying the Geographies of History

  • Jessi Lehman
  • UW-Madison

The advent of the Anthropocene concept has prompted a fundamental question: how does the Earth remember? And what does the memory of the Earth have to say about humanity as a species, despite (or because) of its many differences and inequalities? The geologic archive has captured many geographers’ minds, but the ocean contains other possibilities for understanding the nature of planetary history. Postcolonial writers imagine the ocean as a collector of the histories, bodies, and ways of life that hegemonic historical narratives would rather forget. Scientists also understand the ocean as a kind of record(er), following materials or liquid formations through time to understand ocean dynamics and to trace the harmful impacts of substances such as radioactive isotopes and plastics. In this paper I build on these oddly resonant notions to consider the world ocean as a planetary archive that might prompt us to reassess the geographies of history.



Rich Schein21 October

  • Rich Schein
  • University of Kentucky



Amy Myrbo4 November

  • Amy Myrbo
  • University of Minnesota

Sheri Fritz18 November

  • Sheri Fritz
  • University of Nebraska



Carolyn Finney9 December

  • Carolyn Finney
  • University of Kentucky



Yi Fu Tuan lecture archive