Global Madison Walking Tour

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Bascom Hall
@ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join IRIS NRC staff for an in-person walking tour using the Global Madison mobile map!

How can local landscapes help us think critically about global interdependencies and inequalities? Global Madison is a mobile map and self guided tour designed to support teaching and learning about globalization using Madison, Wisconsin, as a situated classroom. Using images and narration, the map takes you on a unique tour of the city, reexamining familiar landmarks to reveal their transnational linkages.

We will meet outside Bascom Hall for an introduction from Stephen Young, IRIS NRC Faculty Director and creator of Global Madison. After that we will begin the Global Madison self guided walking tour, ending outside Colectivo at the bottom of State Street. The tour will end around 6pm after a Q&A with Stephen.

Participants should bring a smartphone or tablet in order to view the route and enjoy the interactive elements of the mobile map. Headphones are also strongly encouraged.

Date: Fri Sep 29 2023

Time: 4:30pm

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Meeting Point: Outside Bascom Hall

The tour is approximately 3 miles, and designed to be done without an in-person guide. The website includes all the directions, text, photos, and audio narration. Please bring a smartphone or tablet to access the map, and headphones if you want to listen to rather than read the text (listening recommended).

Stephen Young is an Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies at UW-Madison, and the Faculty Director of IRIS NRC. He received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington in 2010 and holds Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sociology from the University of Edinburgh and University of Leeds, respectively. His primary academic interests are in economic geography, development studies, and urban and political geography. An affiliate of the Center for South Asia who conducts research in India, he teaches courses in international studies, global poverty and inequality, economic and human geography, and research design. He is a 2017 recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.