The University of Vermont

Geography Awareness Week

The Geography Department is hosting several events during the week of November 16th in recognition of Geography Awareness Week. Geography Awareness Week was first established in 1987 when U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation marking the third week in November for this distinction.

The Geography Department activities begin on Monday, November 17, when we host Dr. Ananya Roy, a Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished guest lecturer. Dr. Roy, an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty and co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America. Her current research and book project is entitled Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Frontiers of Millennial Development. This project has received several prestigious awards including the Hellman Faculty Award and the Prytanean Faculty Award, as well as a multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation. Roy is working on a new book project with Aihwa Ong, titled Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global.

On Tuesday morning, November 18, the North American National Geographic Traveling Map will be on campus in coordination with the work of the Vermont Geographic Alliance. The travelling map measures 26 feet by 35 feet, and students from local elementary schools will be guided by geography majors in interactive games and activities that enrich the study of geography. These students will be among the 75,000 U.S. students expected to walk on a National Geographic Giant Traveling Map by the end of the 2008-2009 school year. UVM's Dr. Cheryl Morse Dunkley and Professor Richard Kujawa of Saint Michael's College and an adjunct faculty member in the UVM Geography Department serve as co-coordinators of the VGA, whose mission is to provide Geography Education training to educators and students, and to raise geographic awareness among Vermonters. Later that day, the Geography Department will induct 20 new members to the Eta Alpha Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geography Honor Society. The Eta Alpha chapter was established at UVM on May 21, 1985. Members are involved in many activities throughout the year to promote geographic literacy.

Dr. Beverley Wemple and Dr. Meghan Cope will offer a Careers in Geography Workshop to geography majors and minors on Wednesday, November 19. They will present information on building a successful geography major including how a minor might enhance the degree, what kinds of internship opportunities students should be thinking about, and what kinds of experiences will position a student for postgraduate work, post-baccalaureate fellowship opportunities, or a successful entry-level position in an exciting field.

The Geography Awareness Week details will be posted to the Geography Department's website as they become finalized.

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