University of Wisconsin–Madison

Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture Archive

Yi-Fu Tuan in a classroom

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

Fall 2007 Lectures

September 14 - Young People and the Powerful Stranger: The Challenge of Children’s Geographies
Sam Dennis
Department of Landscape Architecture; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


September 28 - The Heated Debate on Hurricanes and Climate Change: an overview of issues, and new framework for understanding Atlantic hurricane / climate relationships
Dan Vimont
Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison


October 5 - Sustainability of Irrigation in the Fertile Crescent: Is it Possible?
Mutlu Ozdogan
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison


October 26 - Assessing Changes in the Onset of Spring
Mark Schwartz
Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


November 2 - Mapping World Hunger: The Hunger Vulnerability Index
Thomas Bassett
Department of Geography University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


November 9 - Projected Distribution of Novel and Disappearing Climates by 2100 AD
Jack Williams
Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Madison


November 16 - Monitoring Urbanization Globally: Challenges and Opportunities
Anne-Marie Schneider
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison


November 30 - Cartographic Constructions of the Middle East
Karen Culcasi
Department of Geography Syracuse University