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  1. What is it good for? See Born in the USA, 16 years later

  2. “Is War the Only Way Americans Learn Geography?”James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D.Bridgewater State CollegeEarth Sciences & GeographyLatin American & Caribbean Studies Massachusetts Council for International EducationCape Cod Community CollegeNovember 21, 2003

  3. The Defining Geographic paradox of the late 20th Century The most connected and influential country in the world … …has a studied ignorance of that world In other words …

  4. This is ROME but we do not know it and we do not really want to know AllEmpires.com

  5. At the heart of a vast empire is a citizenry in deep denial of its imperial status. • High Military Spending • A major aid donor, but not in proportion • Geographically oblivious • Roper/NGS Survey • Highlights NationMaster.com Princeton Environmental Network

  6. Importance of the Paradox “… the country’s reserves of ignorance constitute a natural resource as precious as the Mississippi River or the long-lost herds of buffalo.” Lewis Lapham, “School Bells” August 2000 Harper’s

  7. 9/11

  8. Nao a guerra What could this man tell you about each of these flags? www.americas.org

  9. Rogues Gallery

  10. Future Targets? See Human Rights Watch and CIA Factbook for reasons, pretexts, and apparent exceptions

  11. Faculty Response • Academic Freedom & Responsibility • Respect for Difference • … but challenge received wisdom • “Fair and Balanced” vs. “Equal Time” • Humor? • My Iraq page

  12. Duty to GIs? “When you hear the President declare a war, it means … that you failed. You all are the civilians; you had the chance to demand that the government make a certain kind of decision. But when you fail, then they call on us.” “Jake” – a career Special Ops soldier Quoted by Rosemary Bray McNatt in UU World We are supposed to be educating citizens. This includes citizen soldiers. Visit Center for Defense Information No Senator’s Sons here

  13. What is Geography? • The World in Spatial Terms • Places and Regions • Physical Systems • Human Systems • Environment and Society • Uses of Geography www.ncge.org/standards

  14. Major Geography Sources My Geography Links page • Matt Rosenberg’s About site • Geography network (maps & GIS files) • NASA Visible Earth • Children Map Their World • Graphic Maps • Massachusetts Geographic Alliance

  15. Map Resources Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection • Current Interest Maps • Complete collection of CIA sheet maps • Maps on Other Web Sites • September 11 Map Sites

  16. Imagine