The sixth annual Geography of Death presentation will be held at the Multicultural Center on April 24 at 12:45 p.m.
The presentation focuses on where and why people die, with research topics ranging from yellow fever in Brazil to civilian deaths in Yemen. Students taking cultural geography with instructor Irene Naesse will have their research posters presented for students and staff to see.
“Mortality, even though it seems very morbid, gives us a big insight into conditions in various parts of the world,” Naesse said. “If you have a high-rate of cancer, why is that? If there’s a high-rate of suicide, why is that?”
The broad topic allows students to research causes of death like genocide, political conflict, disease and natural disasters. Previous topics have also been done on poverty in Orange County and human impacts on climate change.
One of the many student projects that will be presented, geography major Chadwick Selle, 23, is researching the deaths of Kashmir associated with terrorism and insurgency.
“I had an interest in general Asia,” Selle said. “I wanted to look at maybe India or the conflict in Myanmar, all those deaths. After looking at both of those, I kind of decided on Kashmir. I had more interest in it.”
Cultural geography students will get the professional experience of presenting their research in an informal setting. Those interested will be given an evaluation sheet and asked to pick the three most interesting presentations.
Coffee, snacks and extra credit slips will be available for all attendees.