The Department of Geography at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be hosting Geography Awareness Week, November 11-17. The theme for this year’s week is “Rivers.” The Department of Geography will present two special programs for the campus community and the general public.

On Monday, November 12, Robert Lind, Associate Professor of Geography, will present “European Rivers: Geographical and Historical Perspectives”. On Thursday, November 15, Gordon Bennett, Assistant Professor of Geography, will present “Trickle of Tourists, River of Refugees: Images of Cuba, 2001.” The presentations will be at 7:30 p.m. in Copeland Hall room 130 and are open to UNK students and the general public free of charge.

On Wednesday, November 14, the Geography Department will provide several GIS displays in the main hallway of Copeland Hall. Laurie Becker, GIS Specialist, along with geography students and faculty will demonstrate, explain, and discuss geographic information systems. “What is GIS? For simplicity’s sake we often call GIS “mapping software.” We most often associate maps with physical geography, but GIS is designed to map and analyze any type of geographic information,” said Stan Dart, Associate Professor of Geography and Earth Science.