Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dr. Harm de Blij -- October 22, 2009

Class of 1942 Lecture Series
The Power of Place: Geographic Literacy and National Security
Geographer Extraordinaire

Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Moakley Center Auditorium
(refreshments served)

Where we start out--and where we grow up and live--still matters a lot. Harm de Blij sees continuing inequality, and differences between those who are privileged and those who are the world's poor. He draws on current research in human geography and demographics, as well as urban studies, to examine trends and to explain how the places where we live--and will live--will determine our future.

Author, professor and television personality Harm de Blij (pronounced duh Blay) for seven years was the popular Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America.” In 1996 he joined NBC News as Geography Analyst, appearing mostly on MSNBC. He was writer of and commentator for the original PBS Series "The Power of Place." Dr. de Blij has published more than 30 books including scientific, educational, and trade titles, and over 100 articles. Currently, he is the John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. He specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues, and has held named chairs at Georgetown University, Marshall University, and the Colorado School of Mines. He was appointed an Honorary Life Member of the National Geographic Society in 1994. His advocacy of Geography in the media and on the public lecture circuit has taken him to virtually all corners of the United States; his work in research, teaching, and television has spanned the globe.
For more information, contact Dr. Rob Hellström.

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