Begun in 2013, the Donald W. Meinig Undergraduate Lecture honors the pivotal geographical work of the late Professor Emeritus Donald W. Meinig, a member of the Syracuse University Department of Geography from 1959 until his retirement in 2005.

The 2024 Lecture will be given on 4:30, April 25, with Dr. Cynthia Brewer speaking on "Making Beautiful Maps Using GIS Tools". 

History of speakers

2013: David Harvey, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center, “The Contradictions of Capital”

2014: Craig Colten, Development of Geography, Louisiana State University, “The End of Abundance: Uncivil Water Wars in the American South”

2015: Sallie Marston, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, “Imagine the Impossible: Transversality and the Creation of Subjectivities”

2016: John Western, Department of Geography, Syracuse University, “Places of Value, Trains of Thought”

2017: Richard Schein, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, “Racialized Landscapes and the Sediment of Historical Geography”

2018: Anne Knowles, Department of History, University of Maine, “Seeing like a Geographer”

2019: Nik Heynen, Department of Geography, University of Georgia “‘The Sea-Canes Were the Seraph Lances of My Faith’: Re-Earthing the Plantation and the Struggle for the Abolitionist Commons”

2020-2021: not held due to Covid-19 disruptions

2022: Memorial panel honoring the 2020 passing of Donald Meinig, “A Celebration of the Life and Work of Donald Meinig” with Bill Wyckoff (Montana State University), Craig Colten (Louisiana State University), Jamie Winders (Syracuse University), Anne Knowles (University of Maine), Richard Schein (University of Kentucky)

2023: Amy Hessl, Department of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University, “No Analogue: What Can Tree Rings Tell Us in a Changed Climate?”

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