Richard Kujawa, professor of geography and chair of the Economics & Geography Department, has been engaged in collaborative research with Saint Michael’s graduate Patrick Crannell ’12. In addition to regular employment, Patrick, who graduated with a Human Geography minor and majored in English, has devoted regular blocks of time to the shared project which focused on an important regional and global environmental issue. Experimenting with the use of the online information management software Zotero, they have developed an annotated index of media and other resources focused on end of life disposal and geographical destinations of electronic devices or e-waste. They presented their paper “Poverty or Poison: Discourses of Environmental Justice in the Evolving Geographies of Electronic Waste” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in a special session focused on approaches to environmental justice. The conference was held in Tampa, Florida in early April. The conference also provided an opportunity for Patrick to meet with faculty and graduate students from an array of Geography programs in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Richard continues his service to the organization as the elected representative of the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley region to the national Council of the AAG. He also has been informed that his entry on Urban Managerialism has been reviewed and accepted for inclusion in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology to be jointly published by Wiley and the AAG.
(posted August 2014)
Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, has been elected as the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley Geography Society representative to the National Council of the Association of American Geographers. In March, Richard participated in a professional development workshop "Discovering Community: Digital Media, Ethnography and Place-Based Learning" sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center. Richard has been selected as one of the faculty participants in the NSF-funded InTeGrate program workshop "Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches" to be held at Carleton College in Minnesota in April.