Fall 2020 | Geology & Geography Colloquium | Schedule
The Department of Geology and Geography invites speakers from around the world
to talk with students and faculty within the department. All talks are free,
and most are open to the public.
Fall 2020 Colloquium Speakers
Fall 2020 Geology & Geography Schedule PDF with photos
September 18 | Raymond Thompson Jr. | Center for Resilient Communities, WVU
Raymond Thompson is a freelance photographer and multimedia producer based in Morgantown,
WV. He currently works as a Multimedia Producer at West Virginia University while
also pursing an MFA in photography from West Virginia University. He received his
Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin in journalism and graduated
from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in American Studies. He has worked
as a freelance photographer for The New York Times, The Intercept, NBC News, Propublica,
WBEZ, Google, Merrell and the Associated Press.
October 2 | Ingrid Padilla | U. Puerto Rico, Mayagüez | NSF Hydrologic Sciences
Dr. Padilla's expertise is in contaminant and groundwater hydrology. Her prominent
role in laboratory, field-scale, modeling and training programs in the academic,
government and private sectors, has given her extensive leadership, management,
and network capabilities. Dr. Padilla holds a Professional License in Hydrology
and has served as a member of the Navy Research Advisory Committee and panelist
for various agencies and organizations. She has also been heavily involved in inclusion
programs to increase diversity of women and underrepresented populations in STEM
education and research, and academia. Her work has been widely disseminated and
recognized through numerous awards.
October 16 | Mariaelena Huambachano, U. Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Huambachano’s research uses a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) lens to
examine the respective “good-living philosophies” of two Indigenous communities
regarding food and seed sovereignty: that of the Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
and that of the Quechua people of Peru. A native Peruvian Indigenous scholar, I
emigrated to Aotearoa at a young age, inspiring a collaborative and cross-cultural
approach to my work in food and environmental justice, sustainable global development,
and public policy.
October 23 | Atiba Ellis | Marquette University School of Law
Atiba R. Ellis is a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. His
primary research focuses on how racial and class-based oppression interact
continue to abridge and deny the right to vote to communities on the margins
of American democracy. His work has analyzed voter identification laws for
their socioeconomic effects, situated felon disenfranchisement laws as enforcing
a political underclass, analyzed the theoretical scope of the Citizens
United decision, and described the ideological drivers of vote suppression.
His work is interdisciplinary in nature, spanning doctrinal legal analysis,
critical political theory, race and the law, legal history, and innovative
legal pedagogy. His current research focuses on how ideologically driven conceptions
of “wrongful voters” diminish the right to vote. He has also written on
critical legal theory and legal history.
November 13 | Ángel A. García Jr. | James Madison University
Dr. García is a geoscientist who is interested in multicultural education, using
ethnogeology as a discipline to organize and analyze geological knowledge that
is culturally framed. Ethnogeology is the scientific study of human relationships
with the Earth as a system, typically conducted within the context of a specific
culture. Ethnogeological knowledge is embedded in folklore, stories, arts,
and traditional teachings among other ways of teaching and learning. At the
same time, Dr. García is fascinated with paleoclimate studies using speleothems.
The G&G Colloquium is only one line-up of exciting events available to
Keep your eyes out for the speaker series of our new WVU Center for
Resilient Communities, housed here in Brooks Hall. Dr. Bradley Wilson is director
of this novel initiative.