Geography Awareness Week begins Monday, Nov. 13. Established by a presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, National Geographic created the annual public awareness program to demonstrate the importance of geography. From National Geographic: too many people are “unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens.” Aiming to raise awareness of these issues, more than 10,000 Americans participate in Geography Awareness Week annually. Join Falvey Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab and the Department of Geography and Environment for an exciting lineup of Geography Awareness Week events. Check out the full list of events below.
GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK: NOVEMBER 13-17, 2023
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
6:30-7:30 p.m.; Location: Mendel G83
Join the Villanova GlobePlotters, a student chapter of YouthMappers, for a night of using GIS technology for humanitarian aid mapping projects around the world. No GIS or mapping experience is required! We’ll show you how to get started with mapping.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Open House: Geography Virtual Reality exhibit in the CAVE
2-3 p.m.; Location: Old Falvey, Room 203
Come join us at the Villanova Virtual Reality CAVE located on the Mendel Field side of Old Falvey in Room 203. CEET software developer Andrew Grace will host a variety of visualizations produced by Geography staff and students. Visualizations will include 3D models of our beautiful campus captured by drones, immersive 360 panoramas, and much more!
Open House: Falvey Library Map Collections Tour
3-4 p.m.; Location: Falvey Library 205
Peruse georeferenced maps and highlights from The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection and other map holdings from Falvey Library’s Distinctive Collections. Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist, will show a selection of historic items from early printed maps of the 16th and 17th centuries, 19th century local real estate atlases, to 20th century military maps, and Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will show some georeferenced historical maps of Villanova’s campus.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Policy Map for Practical Purposes
12-1 p.m.; Location: Zoom
Introduction and practical insights to using Policy Map, the interactive mapping and analytics platform that brings together a data warehouse of 21st century Census and policy material from over 50,000 current governmental, proprietary, and open resource agency indicators. No technical skills are required to make understandable data visualizations or reports from information across multiple siloed agencies.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
GEV Colloquium Speaker: Jon C. Malinowski
“Ghosts in the Landscape: The Challenges of Creating a Historical Atlas”
5:30-6:30 p.m.; Location: Mendel 154
Dr. Jon Malinowski, Professor of Geography at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, will discuss the rewards and pitfalls of bringing historical geography research to a wider audience. In 2022, Dr. Malinowski self-published The West Point Landscape: 1802-1830 and is currently revising and expanding the book for the West Point Press. He will address archival and less obvious data sources, technical obstacles, and the pitfalls and revelations of a multi-year project. This talk is co-sponsored by GTU (Gamma Theta Upsilon), the international honor society in geography.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Geospatial Career Panel
12:30-2 p.m.; Location: Mendel G60 Classroom
Come meet geospatial professionals and learn about the many applications of GIS in your career. Panelists will discuss their own career paths, tips for GIS jobseekers, and more. Please come prepared with your own questions for the panelists!
2:30-3:30pm; Location: Mendel G60
Break out that map knowledge and join us for an afternoon of pub-style geography trivia hosted by the GEV Student Association! Teams of 2-4 people can register using the form on the GeoWeek website. Snacks will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring team.
ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS
Alumni Blog Posts
Catch up with GEV alumni during Geography Awareness Week by reading short blog posts about how geography has been woven into their lives and careers. Hosted on the Falvey Library Blog.
Geography Student Poster Display
Stop by Falvey Library room 205, the Digital Scholarship Lab Lab in Room 218A (9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), and the GEV suite hallway near G61 on the ground floor of Mendel to learn about the latest undergraduate and graduate research at Villanova.
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