Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hola from Panama

I am in Panama this week exploring opportunities for student exchange programs and looking into the possibility of a WorldWide course in Panama. If you are interested in studying in Panama, please let me know. It's a fascinating country.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Global Studies lecture series available online

The Center for Global Studies, a National Resource Center at the University of Illinois, has made its international digital video collection available online. Titles include "Energy and Global Environmental Change," "The Slow-Motion Suicide of the American Empire," and "Does Empire Matter?" You can view the lectures by going to this website.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yet another poll finds U.S. young adults geographically illiterate

A recent posting on MSNBC.com cites a poll showing that six of ten Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 could not identify Iraq on a world map. Map identification is but one component of contemporary geography, but it stands to reason that an individual who cannot identify Iraq on a map would not be able to discuss the larger geopolitical context that binds the U.S., Iraq, Iran, China and Venezuela.

In a non-scientific poll that accompanied the article, 70% of 21,000+ respondents said that knowing geography is "extremely important in an increasingly global economy."

In a related note, there are spaces left in GBL 116 (Introduction to Geography) during term 2 this fall.