Department of Geography News

Geography Symposium Offers Variety of Topics

From the global food crisis to electric bicycles, the Department of Geography’s inaugural research symposium has something for the geographer in everyone. Titled Mapping Outside the Lines: Geography as a Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research, the symposium begins Friday, February 21, and ends the following afternoon, Saturday, February 22. The symposium is free and open to the public.

WMRA: A Street for MLK?

Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, was interviewed by WMRA in Harrisonburg, Virginia about the politics of naming

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Geography Students Receive Opportunities from NASA and NOAA

Two undergraduate students in geography have won prestigious internships and awards. Geography major Paul Lemieux will conduct research this summer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as a recipient of a prestigious NASA internship. Sarah Bleakney has received an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.

UT Professor Studies How Streets Are Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

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Streets connect us and define our humanity. Their names tell us where we work, where we play, and where we live. Streets dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. do all these things as well, but they also bring to life some of the successes—and continuing struggles—America faces in the civil rights arena. Derek Alderman, professor and department head of geography at UT is a specialist on streets named for King. Alderman is a cultural and historical geographer; he looks into how places are used to express culture and commemorate the past, and how these places become important.

Alderman Heads Geography Department

Derek Alderman

Derek H. Alderman is the new head of the Department of Geography. He comes to UT from East Carolina University where he was a professor and department chair, as well as a research fellow in cultural and heritage tourism at the Center for Sustainable Tourism, and co-coordinator of the Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism Initiative.