Dr. Jonnell Robinson will present her research on Community Geography. Maps can be a powerful and provocative way to convey information about place. Citizen groups and community-based organizations are keen to use GIS mapping to build spatial awareness of important community issues. In an effort to foster community-based spatial knowledge production, Syracuse Community Geography—a unique university and community collaboration—was established in 2005 to assist grassroots groups in Central New York to frame research questions, generate, collect, manage, analyze and interpret geographic data, and use geographic information to create positive change. In this talk, Robinson will explain the conceptual framework of “Community Geography”; share results from community mapping projects, and discuss the value and challenges of Syracuse Community Geography’s participatory process.
This talk is free and open to the public.
Additionally, there will be a workshop on Census data held on February 25th at 12:30pm in the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Scribner Library, Room 227, titled “Making Sense of the Census: Finding, Understanding and Using U.S. Census Bureau Data”
This event is co-sponsored by the Skidmore College Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Community Service Programs, the Social Work Department, the Sociology Department, the Economics Department, and the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research.