Social: Drinks at the Four Candles (Wetherspoons)

Join us at the Four Candles on Friday, 9 June (Week 7) as we celebrate not only the end of a great year of fieldtrips and geography antics, but also the end of First-Year Prelims and Third-Year Finals exams.

**We will also buy THREE FREE PITCHERS for members who joins us this evening**

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Film Screening: Where do you draw the line?

We are proud to announce that Oxford Geography Society and Oxford Climate Justice Campaign will be co-hosting a film screening ‘Where do you draw the line?’, produced by Wordsmith Productions. The documentary investigates the oil extraction activities in the Amazon, telling the story from the perspective of indigenous activists, policy makers and academics, among others (more information about the documentary can be found on Wordsmith Productions’s website: http://www.wordsmithproductions.co.uk/).

We are also planning to have a discussion after the film screening on some key ideas in the documentary. Several themes that we have noticed include the use of film for conveying political statements; the effects of oil extraction activities on local health, lives and ecosystem; indigenous resistance including international court cases against oil companies; the connection between the local and the global, as they stress the idea that the Amazon is the ‘lungs of the world’; and the role of the government and international investment.

The event is free, and will take place on Monday, 12th June (Week 8) from 4 – 6pm in the School of Geography and the Environment (Beckit Room); the documentary itself is an hour long, and we’re hoping for the discussion afterwards to be 30-45 minutes long.

***UPDATE: The venue of the event will be the Beckit Room on the first floor of the School of Geography and the Environment.

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Talk: The UK in the World/The World in the UK

3pm, Tuesday 2nd May, School of Geography and the Environment. Facebook Event

We are excited to announce our first event of Trinity, as we host Professor Jason Dittmer from UCL to give a geopolitics talk on ‘The UK in the World/The World in the UK’. The talk is a summary of Professor Dittmer’s upcoming book on British foreign policy formation, and will be take place in the Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre (east end on the first floor of the School of Geography and the Environment). After the talk, students will have the opportunity to ask Professor Dittmer about the topic and his research.

Professor Dittmer is a renowned Geographer, having contributed to numerous works as a book review editor (Social and Cultural Geography), an author (Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy, Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics, and Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity), and editor/co-editor (Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader, Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography, Comic Book Geographies, and Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions). 

The event is free to GeogSoc members, and £3 for non-members. After the event, we will be convening in the E W Gilbert Room, and students who wish to join GeogSoc will have the opportunity to purchase membership.

If you’re interested in attending this event, please fill in this form so we know how many to expect.

EDIT: We would like to announce that in light of a recent collaboration with the President of Oxford PPE Society, the event tomorrow will now be co-hosted by GeogSoc in conjunction with the PPE Society.

EDIT 2: Refreshments are no longer available after the event; however, students are welcome to meet Professor Dittmer and purchase membership if they are interested in joining GeogSoc in the E W Gilbert Room.

2017 Committee Election Results

Congratulations to those elected onto our committee for 2017/18. Turnout was pleasantly high and the contested positions were both very close.

The following take up their positions on Saturday of 8th week:

President: Zak Zulkurnain
Treasurer: Jack Rogers
Secretary: Jennifer Curtis
Events: Laura Jackson
Social: Charlotte Rule
Careers: Lizzie Fry
Marketing and IT: James Howard

Committee Elections – information

We will be holding elections for the 2017 OGS Committee soon. Full details and timings will be published on our Facebook page. In the meantime, find out about each role below.

President

As the president of the society, Will represents the society at our events. He chairs the committee meetings and oversees the rest of the committee members. The president also provides help to the committee members when organising our events. Fancy yourself to be the next president of GeogSoc? Contact Will through the GeogSoc Facebook Page to find out more about what he does as president.

Treasurer

Iona is in charge of managing the accounts and working with other members of the committee to put on a range of events while ensuring we stay within budget. Want some experience managing a budget? Treasurer is the role for you! Contact Iona through the GeogSoc Facebook page to find out more!

Secretary

Lizzie, our secretary, manages all the admin such as signing up new members and booking rooms for talks. She also takes the minutes for the committee meetings and makes sure the society adheres to its constitution. Message Lizzie through the GeogSoc Facebook page if you have any questions about her role!

Events

Susie is the Events Officer. She contacts potential speakers and arranges for them to speak to our society. Susie also works with other societies to hold joint events and organises the refreshments we have a our speaker events. You can contact Susie through the GeogSoc Facebook page if you have any questions about her role!

Social Officer

Katie’s role on the committee is to organise the social events throughout year. This means you can get to know people from other colleges and other years whilst having fun in the process. Want to be our next Social Officer? Contact Katie via the GeogSoc Facebook page to find out more!

Careers Officer

Sophie organises the termly careers events by working with the department careers officer. She also works with possibly employees to make sure we get the right careers advise. Think you want to be the next careers officer? Contact Sophie through the Facebook page to find out more about the role!

Marketing and IT

Currently held as two separate roles by Caitlin and Harry, the Marketing and IT officer manages the website and social media feeds to advertise the society. They also provide technical support at events and help towards the general running of the society. Drop a message on the GeogSoc Facebook page if you want to hear more about this role!

Careers: Free pizza w/TeachFirst – 9th Feb

Come on down to the Herbertson Room in the School of Geography and the Environment on Thursday of 4th week from 1pm ’til 2pm for free pizza courtesy of TeachFirst! This event is a great opportunity to find out how Teach First can help you begin a career though teaching. Event link.

Teach First coordinates an employment-based teaching training programme whereby participants achieve Qualified Teacher Status through the participation in a two year training programme that involves the completion of a PGCE along with wider leadership skills training and an optional Masters degree.

Come to the event to find out more! (plus free pizza)

We hope to see you there!

Note: this is straight after an FHS lecture, so for any 2nd or 3rd years it will be very easy to come straight after the lecture to grab a bite and find out more.