Monday, November 14, 2016

Geography Awareness Week Activities at Ball State University Libraries

Geography Awareness Week Events at Ball State University Libraries

The National Geographic Society created “Geography Awareness Week” to raise awareness to a dangerous deficiency in American education in the importance of geospatial issues and their impacts on students as global citizens.  The commemoration also serves to excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.

November 13-19 is “Geography Awareness Week,” and the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is celebrating with special events.  GIS Day is Wednesday, November 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Bracken Library Schwartz Digital Complex.  Attendees will be able to learn about GIS software and data resources on campus, attend brief presentations by faculty about how they use GIS in their research, and view and vote for their favorite student-created GIS research posters.

On Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm geography and history fans can attend a special class about Indiana history at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts (520 East Main Street) in downtown Muncie.  The class will feature custom Indiana history maps created to celebrate the state’s Bicentennial in December.  Some of the maps feature events in Indiana political history, sports history, and women’s history.  Maps about the lives of famous Hoosiers will also be shown, including Madam C.J. Walker, John Dillinger, and Marshall “Major” Taylor.

For more information about these events, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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