Graduate student Erin Torkelson's research featured in documentary "Social Grants and The Green Card" about dispossession in post-apartheid South Africa

April 4, 2018

“Social Grants and the Green Card” is a short film about how a preeminent, state-sponsored cash transfer program has become a means of dispossession in post-apartheid South Africa. The film was produced by the Black Sash, a Cape Town based NGO, for Cutting Edge, a weekly investigative journalism program on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC1). It aired on Tuesday, 27 March at 9:30.

Erin Torkelson was the researcher and a consulting script writer and worked with a documentary crew that included Esley Philander, Johan Abrahams, Clinton Daniels and Erna...

Geography alum Julie Klinger wins AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography

April 10, 2018

Julie Klinger’s Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes (Cornell University Press, 2017) wins AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography.

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Emeritus Professor Roger Byrne has passed away. His passion for research and dedication to his students will be greatly missed.

March 15, 2018

Roger Byrne (1940-2018)

Roger Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Berkeley on March 11, 2018. Roger is survived by his children, Todd Byrne, Brendan Byrne, Kevin Byrne, and Angela Sotelo.

Roger began his career as professor in the Geography Department at U.C. Berkeley in 1973 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He established the Quaternary Paleoecology...

Professor Emerita Gillian Hart awarded 2018 Vega Medal from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography

April 24, 2018

Professor Emerita Gillian Hart was awarded the 2018 Vega Medal from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography for her contributions to Human Geography. The award is made in Human Geography every three years. Previous recipients include Carl Sauer and Allan Pred.

Professor Hart delivered a keynote address, led a symposium, and received the medal from the Crown Princess of Sweden on April 24, 2018. Click ...

Alumnus Trevor Paglen has mid-career survey exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

August 17, 2018

"Trevor Paglen blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world around us. Inspired by the landscape tradition, he captures the same horizon seen by American photographers Timothy O’Sullivan in the nineteenth century and Ansel Adams in the twentieth. Only in Paglen’s photographs is the infrastructure of surveillance also apparent—a classified military installation, a spy satellite, a tapped communications...