With the assistance of intern Marie, we’re initiating a new
series called “Newsflash: Top 5”–short compilations of quick-pick links to
relevant articles. Consider it your RSS feed to timely geographic resources on
the web. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
1. Education: Geography of Coffee. PatriotLedger.com (Quincy, MA), March 2, 2008.
Bridgewater State College professor James Hayes-Bohanan uses
coffee to teach students about economic geography and the impacts of
globalization at local and international scales. Check out his classroom
See also: About.com:Geography article on the subject.
“Geography is a flavor” at Starbucks.
2. Education: “Piloting a new route in education.” Chicago Herald News
Online, March 4, 2008.
Thirty thousand students across the country, including those at a school in the Chicago suburb of New
Lenox, will integrate geography, math, and career
education skills through Southwest Airlines’ “Adopt-a-pilot” program.
3. Music: “Geocentricity puts bands on the map.” SeattlePI.com, February
Just as presidential candidates attempt to cater their
messages to each individual state on the campaign trail, bands gain ‘street
cred’ by identifying with and appealing to specific geographic regions.
4. Cultural Geography: “‘Back East’ not just a matter of geography.” Lawrence-Journal
World Online (Lawrence, KS), March 3, 2008.
Journalist and Kansas native Elizabeth Black, who spent much
of her adult life in Chicago and cities on the East Coast, describes the meaning
and evolution of the term “Back East.” (Note: According to Kansans, Chicago is “East”).
5. Global Environment: “Nyong awarded Nobel Peace Prize.” allAfrica.com, March 4,
Nigerian Dr. Anthony Okon Nyong, a geographer at the University of Jos, has been named a co-recipient of
the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
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