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National Geographic Live! marks Geography Awareness Week with a lecture by Geographer Harm de Blij


De Blij Will Explain Importance of Geography in Understanding the Challenges of Our Time


WHAT: National Geographic Live! marks Geography Awareness Week with a presentation by Harm de Blij, former geography editor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He will highlight the importance of geography in understanding the challenges of our time.

Probably America’s best-known geographer, De Blij is the author of a new Oxford University Press book, “Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America — Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism.” In it, he demonstrates how geography’s perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world. He notes that, over the next half century, the human population — divided by culture and economics and armed with weapons of mass destruction — will expand to nearly 9 billion. Abrupt climate change may throw the global system into chaos; China will emerge as a superpower; and terrorism and insurgency will threaten vital American interests.

De Blij will be introduced by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman of National Geographic’s board of trustees and a longtime advocate of returning geography to America’s classrooms. The presentation is cosponsored with the National Geographic Education Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. Ticket purchasers will be eligible to enter a drawing for the “National Geographic 8th Edition Atlas of the World,” a 416-page, state-of-the-art publication displaying the latest digital mapping techniques, the most advanced satellite imagery and other cutting-edge technology that presents a thorough, panoramic picture of our world.

Geography Awareness Week, the third week in November, is part of the Society’s geography outreach program for students in grades K through 12.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

TICKETS: $6 for National Geographic members ordering in advance;
$8 for nonmembers and tickets purchased at the door

INFORMATION: (202) 857-7700 and


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