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The Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography: "Geography & the Green New Deal" - Richard Walker - Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and Director, Living New Deal Project

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: James Murphy
Chairs: James Murphy


Geography & the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal should be welcomed by all American geographers, both because it is necessary to confront the problems facing the country and because it is necessarily geographic to the hilt. On the one hand, a Green New Deal, like the original New Deal, is the best way within the current political economic system of dealing with climate change, social inequality and political malaise in one sweep. On the other, geography – as climate science, land management, uneven development, politics of place and more – is essential to the conception, management and realization of any such sweeping federal program. Indeed, like the New Deal, this country needs nothing less than national reconstruction and renewal that is more than the sum of infrastructure, public works, carbon reduction, jobs and wages.

The journal Economic Geography (at Clark University), in conjunction with the AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group, are sponsoring the 2020 Roepke Lecture to be given by Richard Walker - Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and Director, Living New Deal Project. Richard Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley, where he taught 1975-2012 and served as Chair for five years. His books include two co-authored classics in economic geography, The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992), and four books on California: The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007), The Atlas of California (2013), and Pictures of a Gone City (2018). Walker has received awards from the Fulbright program, Guggenheim Foundation, Association of American Geographers, California Studies Association and Western History Association. He is currently director of the Living New Deal, a project to document and map all New Deal public works.

James McCarthy - Clark University - will serve as discussant.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction James Murphy Clark University 5
Introduction Jane Pollard Newcastle University 10
Panelist Richard Walker University of California-Berkeley 15
Discussant James McCarthy Clark University 15

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