This podcast contains lectures for Thomas Larsen’s world geography courses. For educational purposes only.
The Great Deprivation | Geography's Capabilities
This is the first of a series of special episodes that I entitle, Geography’s Capabilities. The research that I have done on the subject suggests that we exist in a Great Deprivation, in which students are deprived of essential capabilities from subjects like geography. Subsequent episodes will explore various capabilities which can inform and empower all learners.
Europe | Superstitions, Pathways, and Talking to Strangers
Using Europe as our backdrop, we are going to talk about superstitions, pathways, and talking to strangers. By the end, it is my hope that you will be able to: 1) explain how the environment and superstitions interconnect, using witch hunting in Europe as an example; 2) explore the various pathways Europe has to offer; and 3) articulate why people are terrible at profiling strangers.
Kanju Logic and the Geography of Genius in Africa
During this episode, Dr. Larsen was a geographer-at-large, exploring San Antonio, Texas, often called the Mexican capital outside of Mexico. We begin on a two-part journey through Africa. If this podcast were a Buzzfeed article, it would be a list of reasons why most Westerners are wrong about Africa. We will explore the various kinds of kanju (Yoruba for ‘to hustle’) in African society, and how kanju logic has transformed the continent into a hub of creativity.
South America | Necrogeography, Darkness in Eldorado, and the End of Nature
In this exploration of South America, we consider the many ways memento mori, remembering our death, manifests through death rituals, Napoleon Chagnon’s Darkness in Eldorado conspiracy, and the end of nature. What becomes clear is that life contains a myriad of ends. But with that comes an array of new beginnings.
Reggae, Pancho Villa, Banana Republics, and Revolutions
This week, we will look at how rebellion takes place in the modern political and economic realms: through reggae music, the story of Pancho Villa, Banana Republics in Central America, and the Cuban Revolution. We build upon the idea that rebellion is a multifaceted form of place-making and place-destruction, involving not just political ideologies, but also culture and economics.
Hispaniola Rebels and Indigenous Peoples' Day | Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean | Week 9 Fall 2020
Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean represent arguably some of the most misunderstood regions to Americans. This week, we will explore rebellions against common colonial narratives, as well as the first slave-led rebellion in the New World. Much of this week’s discussion will be centered on the island of Hispaniola, which will gain much more significance as we move forward.