Geography Lectures

Yi-Fu Tuan was a towering intellectual figure and Professor Emeritus of Geography at UW-Madison. Tuan was a prolific writer and deep thinker who was known as the father of humanistic geography. See: UW–Madison mourns influential, beloved geography professor Yi-Fu Tuan.

Yi-Fu Tuan
Yi-Fu Tuan

The 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 left) and receives enthusiastic support as a department and campus tradition.

All lectures are presented fully online via Zoom every Friday at 3:30 PM. The meeting can be joined via Livestream https://go.wisc.edu/l880yf except when otherwise indicated. Brown bag sessions start at noon on the days there are speakers. Alumni, friends and the public are always invited to attend.

February 23, 2024 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sarah Ivory
Sarah Ivory, Penn State University

Dynamics of abrupt change in tropical African forests Tropical forests provide essential resources, including food, fuel, and medicine, to millions of people in Africa as well as having links to ecosystem services that include fisheries and freshwater. Abrupt changes in ecosystems have the potential to occur on human timescales. Although paleoecological data is well suited […]


March 1, 2024 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In the early 1970s, University of Wisconsin—Madison was infamous to Kuomintang (KMT) officials as the “headquarters of the Communists and Taiwanese independence people” – referring to student migrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong who had gone to the U.S. for graduate study and become politicized. This talk discusses how Madison and the Midwest more broadly […]


March 15, 2024 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Patricia Ehrkamp
Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky

April 12, 2024 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Nathan McClintock
Nathan McClintock, INRS Montreal, Quebec