Sallie Marston (University of Arizona) and Don Mitchell (Syracuse University) delivered keynote lectures on October 2 and 3 for the first Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History.

Professor Mitchell's lecture, "People's Park Again: Landscape and the Production of Space," focused on the nature of public versus private space, while Professor Marston's talk, "Thinking and Doing Spatiality Differently," was a theoretical consideration of scale. Both talks are available online as MP3 audio files to University of Michigan account holders (link for Mitchell talk; link for Marston talk).

The symposium also featured two panel discussions. "Imagining, Claiming, and Organizing Space" included presentations by Philip J. Deloria, Christian de Pee, and Tiggy McLaughlin. "Collisions of Time and Space" included presentations by Charles Sullivan, Dagio Gaggio, and Gabrielle Hecht (link for more details on the panel presentations).

The Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Kemp Family Fund, consisting of four generations of University of Michigan graduates with a lifelong commitment to encourage the study of history; not only as a way to learn about the past, but as a guide to understand the present and to anticipate the future. Additional support from the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History, International Institute, Rackham Graduate School, and Institute for the Humanities.

Image: Don Mitchell delivers one of the keynote lectures, October 2, 2014 (photo by Joseph Ho).