Tuesday, October 06

France and Its Rivers: War, Property, and Pleasure along the Marne

Nina Maria Gorrissen Lecture 

Historian Michael Miller uses French waterways to propose a different framework for exploring the intersection of French geography, history, and identity. While the prevailing approach to waterway history has long focused on human engineering, power, and environmental change, Miller instead explains how France came to be so identified with and by its rivers, streams, and canals. »

Thursday, October 08

Policies to Decarbonize the Economy

Airbus Group Lecture 

The world got big news in March 2015 when the International Energy Agency reported for the first time in history, annual energy-related CO2 emission stayed flat while the global economy experienced positive growth. So is this the start of a serious movement to decarbonize the economy? And can we thereby halt runaway climate change and avoid almost unimaginable damage to this country—and indeed the whole Earth? »

Thursday, October 15

The South and the Federal Income Tax

Siemens Lecture 

Most commentators tend to focus on two questions about American tax politics: how high or low, and how progressive or regressive. Yet because the US political system is designed to emphasize geography more strongly than class-interest or political ideology, the history of federal taxation is better understood in geographical terms. »