Thinking Geographically

Dr. Sarah Witham Bednarz, President of the American Association of Geographers, will deliver the McConnell Lecture Thinking Geographically at 4:00PM Friday April 22, 2016 (Earth Day) in Shideler 152, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Miami’s Department of Geography presents this lecture. Please call 513-529-5558 for more information.

What does it mean to think geographically? Dr. Bednarz explores this question drawing on work from current and past presidents of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Bednarz concludes with some advice for both students and faculty related to teaching and learning geography.

Dr. Bednarz is President of the American Association of Geographers and Professor of Geography at Texas A& M University. Dr. Bednarz was educated at Mt. Holyoke, University of Chicago, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Bednarz was principal investigator on two major curriculum and educational research projects, Mission Geography (NASA) and Advancing Geospatial Skills in Geography and Spatial Sciences (AGSSS); co-authored the national geography standards, Geography for Life (1994 and 2012); participated in the National Research Council Learning to Think Spatially project, and helped to develop the National Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) framework in geography. Most recently she co-chaired the Geography Education Research Committee (GERC) of the 21st Century Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education Project. She has long been interested in the intersection of teaching and learning geospatial technologies and spatial and geographic thinking. She has authored numerous articles in such journals as Transactions in GIS, Journal of Geography, The Southwestern Geographer, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, and Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

Ruth McConnell endowed the McConnell Lecture Series for her parents, Wallace and Della McConnell.  Dr. Wallace McConnell received his MA from University of Wisconsin in 1917 and for PhD from Clark University in 1925. He taught and researched here at Miami University as Professor of Geography beginning in 1918 and as chair of our Department from 1946-1952. As a proponent of geographic education, he wrote a series of atlases and books for grade school and high school geography widely used in American public schools.  He was a frequent contributor to scientific and professional journals including The Journal of Geography. This lecture series brings in public figures and recognized scholars to address geographical issues.

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