Tuesday, November 14, 2006

National Geography Awareness Week

Celebrating Africa

The National Geographic Society and others have been celebrating Geography Awareness Week since 1987, promoting the importance of geography. The theme for this year is "Celebrate Africa."

The National Geographic educational blog, My Wonderful World, (located at www.mywonderfulworld.org ) features various events and activities to mark the week, as well as lesson plans for educators and Africa resources.

The Geospatial Center & Map Collection is celebrating the week with a special display of Africa maps in the front windows of the Center. Photographs from National Geographic magazine, posters featuring movies about Africa, celebrities doing humanitarian work, and Africa music are included in the display.

The following maps from the GCMC are included: Africa, 1909; Road Map of Malawi; Casablanca; Moremi Wildlife Reserve; Somalia; Islam in Africa; Belgian Congo Mineral Deposits; Heritage of Africa; Africa, 1631; Nile River; Africa: Its Political Development.

Another display "Africa in the News" is also presented featuring a map of endangered species; a map of the destroyed villages in Darfur, Sudan; a poster about sports in Africa; an AIDS epidemic map; and several African news articles.

National Geography Awareness Week is November 12-November 18, 2006. Visit the second floor of Bracken Library to view these displays celebrating Africa.

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