After 36 years with the UW-Madison Geography Department, Bob Ostergren is retiring at the end of this semester. Join us for a lunch reception in the Robinson Map Library at noon on Friday, May 8th to celebrate!
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Rural people conducting geographic research on rural places in North America have good reason to feel doubly lonely in recent years. While rural places loom large in American geographical imaginations, they take up little space in the academic literature. This presentation hopes to spark a discussion about the status of the rural in our discipline. Drawing on a suite of projects on seemingly diverse topics such as wilderness therapy, working landscapes, and outmigration I suggest that study of the rural can reveal much about the role of place in the production of individual and regional identities. Further, I invite conversation about the experience of begin a rural person in the academy, and how elements of this identity may both hinder and accelerate the pursuit of scholarly work. 3:30pm, Friday, May 8st, 180 Science Hall