Geography Awareness Week 2017

Geography Awareness Week Theme of 2017 is Civil Rights

“Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.” – 

To kick off Geography Awareness Week 2017, The Geography Alumni Advisory Board met Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thank you for your continued support!

November 6, 2017, FREE EVENT
Join us for Trivia Night at the TIN CAN, East Lansing! Food, Drinks, Prizes, and Glory! Brought to you by the Geography Graduate Group.

TIN CAN, East Lansing at 7:00 p.m.
313 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

November 8, 2017, FREE EVENT
This year we are excited to have award-winning photographer and writer, Krista Schlyer, as our featured speaker. Bring a buddy and come early to ensure you get a seat! In years past our featured speaker events have packed a full house. For more about Ms. Schlyer’s U.S.-Mexico Borderlands work, you can listen to Kirk Heinze’s (of Greening of the Great Lakes) recent interview with Ms. Schlyer.

Business College Complex N130 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
632 Bogue St
East Lansing, MI 48824

November 9, 2017
Geography Awareness Week Presents, Lunchtime Conversations “Linking Social Justice to Research, Practice, and Outreach.”
Guest Speakers:
• Elise Page Dixon, Doctoral Student, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
• Ayanna Spencer, Doctoral Student, Department of Philosophy
• Lydia Weiss, Educational Program Coordinator, Work Life Office

Pizza and Salad provided!
Brought to you by the Geography Graduate Group

Geography Building Room 120 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
673 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

November 13, 2017
, Please come out to Support the Geography Club
To celebrate Geography Awareness Week, the Geography Club is doing a fundraiser! From 11 am to 8 pm, at Panda Express.  Panda Express will give 20% of the money from sales to the Club!
The Catch: You have to either print out or show a digital/electronic copy of the attached flyer so the code can be logged (Online ordering counts, too! Just use the 6-digit code). So save up your craving for orange chicken (or whatever) until next Monday, chow down, and bring funds to the GEO Club!

Panda Express
439 E Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823

November 15 & 16, 2017FREE EVENT – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
RS&GIS are joining in on the celebration of Geography Awareness Week with
 Free Live Drone Demos!
FREE Transit will be provided
to MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.  The shuttle is leaving at the top of the hour from the Geography Building parking lot. Or meet us there!
Get the chance to:
• Talk with our UAV pilots
• See the UAV set ups
• See flights & data output
• Understand how to set up an autonomous flight

We also welcome Dr. Lawson W. Brigham! Dr. Brigham will be speaking at the Kellogg Center Big Ten Room C at 8:00 a.m. to – 10:30 a.m. “PUTTING THE ARCTIC IN PLAIN SIGHT” Learn why the Arctic is at a critical stage and of global importance.  Registration is required for this event.

November 17, 2017, FREE EVENT – 12:30p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Triple G Colloquium Series
will be presenting Dr. Lawson W. Brigham.
Dr. Lawson Brigham, speaking to us about “Marine Transportation and Development in the Russian Arctic: Revitalizing the Northern Sea Route.”

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Geography Building Room 126
673 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

With all of the recent news about US-Russia relations, this should be a very interesting talk, particularly in the context of climate change.



  • Nov 6-7, all day: SWIG table in the MSU Union
  • Nov 10, 4p in Geo 126: Quidders talk by Albert Fulton, Ph.D. Candidate in GEO
  • Nov 17, 5p: SWIG’s Women’s Historical Hall of Fame, Meridian Mall.
  • GeoClub will paint the rock!
  • The Map Library will likely hold a few GeoWeek events.


News article “MSU’s Department of Geography hosts a presentation on the potential environmental implications of Trump’s border wall.”  By Claire Moore November 9, 2017, 9:03 am

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