Carl O. Sauer was a Professor of Geography at the University of California from 1923 to 1957 and a Professor Emeritus from 1957 until his death at the age of 85. He served for 31 years as chairman of the department. Under his leadership, the scholarly stature of the geography faculty grew immensely. As a student of the interrelatedness of land and life and of people and places throughout the full course of human history, he especially urged a responsible, conservative stewardship of the earth. Both through his teaching and his published works, he left an indelible mark not only on geography but on several of the social, historical, and biological sciences. In 1976, a group of faculty colleagues, students, and friends of Professor Sauer established a fund in his memory to support the Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lectures.

TitleLecturerYear
Island Landscapes, Or Sauer Among the Polynesians Patrick V. Kirch2013
Diffusion, Deflection and Diversity: A Geographic Perspective on Contemporary Immigration Marie D. Price2011
Carl O. Sauer: A Life Remembered Michael Williams2009
The Farther Reaches of Human Time: Retrospect on Carl Sauer as Prehistorian David R. Harris2001
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere Jan Morris2000
‘To Civility and Man’s Use’: History, Geography, and Nature Ian G. Simmons1998
Escapism: Another Look at Nature and Culture Yi-Fu Tuan 1996
A Servant of Two Masters Robin Donkin1995
Prehistoric Riverine Settlement in Amazonia: A Revisionist Perspective with Contemporary Implications William Denevan1994
Sauer’s Origins and Dispersals: Its Implications for the Geography of Disease Peter Haggert1992
Landscapes Without Llamas: Celebrating a Sauerian Tradition David Lowenthal1990
The Bajio: Mexico’s Earliest Colonial Frontier Karl Butzer1989
Identifying the Killers: Old World Diseases in 16th-Century Meso-America and the Caribbean Woodrow Borah1988
To Claim the High Ground: Geography For the End of the Century David R. Stoddart1986
A Geographer Looks at the San Joaquin Valley James J. Parsons1986
Domesday Book and Domesday Geography Clifford Darby1985
The Landscape as Overlapping Neighborhoods: Some Reflections on the Struggle for Existence Torsten Hagerstrand1984
An Atlantic World: Perspectives on the Making of Colonial America Donald Meinig1982
Early Man in America George F. Carter1981
The Story of an Oceanic Mountain Range: The Evolution of Life on an ‘Idealized’ Pacific Archipelago F. Raymond Fosberg1980
Landscape as Theatre John B. Jackson1978
Scholar and Colleague: Homage to Carl Sauer John Leighly1976