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Geography Awareness Week Theme Event: A Discussion on the Geography of Civil Rights

November 13, 2017 ( 5:00PM - 7:00PM )

Join us during national Geography Awareness Week for a moderator-led discussion with a distinguished panel of geographers and others about the Geography of Civil Rights. The event will take place in Social Sciences building room 1021 (auditorium), on Monday, November 13, at 5:00 PM. 

National Geographic's Network of Alliances for Geographic Education designated "The Geography of Civil Rights Movements" as a featured theme for the 2017 Geography Awareness Week. The American Association of Geographers (AAG), the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), the American Geographical Society (AGS), and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) have endorsed this focus on civil rights.

Civil rights movements encompass a wide range of historically marginalized social actors and groups—found both in the U.S. and internationally—who have faced and fought discrimination on the basis of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. For example, the social justice struggles of immigrants, indigenous populations, women, the poor, and workers should have a prominent place in Geography Awareness Week. Importantly, the teaching of civil rights is not confined to examining and celebrating past movements but can and should examine the geographic dimensions of contemporary struggles for social, economic, political, and environmental justice.

But geography can do more than speak to where civil rights struggles occurred. The geographic building blocks of social life—e.g., location, landscape, movement, sense of place, global interdependence, and the natural environment—are fundamental to how rights become materialized and realized within daily lives. The claiming of spaces, spatial processes, and resources underlie the broader processes of discrimination or equality. Geographers are poised to examine civil rights beyond strict questions of political access to consider a wide array of terrains of social and spatial struggle—from transportation racism to water and food security, from the prison industrial complex to energy poverty, from place naming rights to the right to housing, from climate justice to gender equality.

Panelists for this event include:

  • Dr. Nyasha GuramatunhuCooper, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, 2017-2018 Diversity Faculty Fellow, Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. Katherine Hankins, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Matthew Mitchelson, Associate Professor of Geography and Assistant Chair, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. Jason Rhodes, Lecturer of Geography, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Kennesaw State University
  • Discussant: Allen Lee, Sr. Public Programs and Education Manager, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Moderator: Dr. Paul N. McDaniel, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Geography & Anthropology, 2017-2018 Diversity Faculty Fellow, Kennesaw State University

A flyer for this event is posted on our Department Facebook page

This discussion panel event is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography & Anthropology and the Presidential Commission on Racial & Ethnic Dialogue, and is part of 2017 Geography Awareness Week activities at Kennesaw State University.

Event Location:
Kennesaw State University
Social Sciences Building
Bldg #402 , Room 1021

Directions and Parking:
Off-campus visitors should park in Visitor parking.