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Geography and the Environment Colloquium Series: Megan Ybarra


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The Aroma of Tacoma: Environmental Justice and Abolition Geographies

Abolition ecologies invite us to think about how to build freedom across relations of land and people. In our present conjuncture, abolition ecologies rely on the work of solidarities amongst communities, rural and urban, Indigenous and settler, across peoples of color and white co-conspirators to come together. This talk seeks to ground these concepts in radical placemaking: the work to close the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) and halt construction on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Indigenous Puyallup land. Through abolitionist praxis, I show how communities of color can reclaim their freedom dreams where they live, work and play. For additional information, please contact Natalie Koch at

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.