Harold and Florence Mayer Lecture Series

This lecture series is made possible by an endowment from Harold and Florence Mayer. Harold Mayer (1916 - 1994) was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and one of the leading scholars in the field of urban geography in the twentieth century. He specialized in Urban and Transport Geography of North America with a focus on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia.

Spring 2013
Richard Walker, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley
"The Rise and Fall of the Golden State: Hard Lessons of Liberal Capitalism Learned in California"
Fall 2012
James McCarthy, Department of Geography, Clark University
“Socializing urban environments? The case of Boston’s Big Dig”
Spring 2012
Janice Monk, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
"The Normal Way: Exploring The Career Paths of Early Women Geographers"
Fall 2011
Andy Herod, Department of Geography, University of Georgia
“Labor union organizing strategies in early 21st century USA”
Spring 2011
Craig Colten, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University
"Forgetting the Unforgettable: Social Memory and Resilience in New Orleans”
Fall 2010
Julio Betancourt, U.S. Geological Survey
"Climate and Ecosystems in the American West: Past, Present and Future”
Spring 2010
Mei-Po Kwan, Department of Geography, Ohio State University
"Analysis of Time-Space Behavior in the Urban Context: Geovisualization and Geocomputational Approaches”
Fall 2009
Sarah McLafferty, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Locating Diversity: Place, Immigration and Women's Health Inequalities in U.S. Cities”
Spring 2009
Jennifer Wolch, College of Environmental Design, University of California-Berkeley
“Climate Change and the Carbon Footprint of Cities”
Fall 2008
Larry Knopp, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth
“Race, Gender, and Venereal Biopower in Wartime Seattle”
Spring 2008
Randall Schaetzl, Department of Geography, Michigan State University
“Geographic studies on loess in the upper Midwest: New findings and potential”
Spring 2008
William Cronon, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago”
Fall 2007
Robert Beauregard, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
“The Spaces of Urban Theory: From Chicago to Johannesburg and Beyond”
Spring 2007
Robert Lake, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers
“Fictitious Urbanization: The Multiple Relational Geographies of Urban Redevelopment”
Fall 2006
James Duncan and Nancy Duncan, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
“Colonizing Nature: The Production of an Environmental Disaster in 19th Century Ceylon”
Spring 2006
Glen MacDonald, Department of Geography, University of California-Los Angeles
Fall 2005
Allen Scott, Department of Geography, University of California-Los Angeles
“Creative Cities; Conceptual Issues and Policy Problems”
Spring 2005
Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Contesting Neoliberal Urbanization: Spaces and Scales of Activism”
Fall 2004
Neil Smith, Anthropology, City University of New York
“The End Game of Globalization”
Fall 2003
Erik Swyngedouw, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University
“Circulations and Metabolisms: Hybrid Natures and Cyborg Cities”
Spring 2003
Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College of London
“Agent-based pedestrian modeling”
Spring 2002
Jamie Peck, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Workfare states: Geographies of Welfare Reform”
Spring 2000
John Gurda, Author and Independent Historian
“Where Milwaukee is”
Joseph Schwartzberg, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Deconstructing two cryptic Asian maps”
Ronald Abler, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
“Geography, striving and thriving in the 90s”
Harold Rose, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“Urban Violence and Urban Geography”
Spring 1994
Robert Sinclair, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wayne State University
“Detroit - One city or many?”
James Duncan, Geography Department, Syracuse University
Eckart Ehlers, Department of Geography, University of Bonn
Fall 1990
Rutherford Platt, Geography, University of Massachusetts
Fall 1989
Nick Crawford, Department of Geography, Western Kentucky University
“Environmental Problems in Urbanized Limestone Terrains”
Fall 1988
Philip L. Wagner, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University
“Communication and Environment: Why we change the Earth”
Fall 1987
Paul E. Lydolph, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“The Agricultural Situation in the Soviet Union”
Spring 1987
Jean Gottman, School of Geography, Oxford University
“Action at the Crossroads - Revitalizing the Cities”; Norton Ginsburg, University of Chicago, “The Extended Metropolis”
Spring 1987
Chauncy Harris, Geography, University of Chicago
“A Geographical Introduction to the Soviet Union”