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National Conference on Geography Education

Thu, September 17, 2009 • InterContinental Hotel and Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hemispheres will present four sessions at the upcoming 2009 National Conference on Geography Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The National Conference on Geography Education is an annual event where geography educators from across the country and around the world meet to exchange ideas, research, resources, and best practices in geography education. The conference is filled with opportunities for participants to attend workshops, paper and poster sessions, field trips, and more. Long-time conference participants enjoy the collegial atmosphere of the conference, opportunities for networking and brainstorming, and endless prospects for professional development.

On Thursday, September 24, representatives from Hemispheres will present four sessions:

Christopher Rose will present "Mapping the Islamic City" from 8:00-8:45
The great cities of the Islamic empires - Baghdad, Cairo, Cordoba, Timbuktu - reflect not only their geographic location and environment but also the values of the cultures and civilizations that founded them. Learn to use maps as primary documents to discover hidden layers of history and geography.

Natalie Arsenault will chair a panel on "Diversity and Indigenous Inheritance in Mexico and Peru"from 9:50-10:35.
We will discuss Aztec, Maya, and Inca contributions to Mexican and Peruvian history and culture. Participants from a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad in Mexico and Peru will share curriculum projects that address the recurrent challenges faced by indigenous peoples, how they unite around key issues, and where they migrate; and explore contemporary cultures to help students make connections to their own reality and then increase understanding in their school.

Chris and Natalie will co-present "Tracking Cultures: Exploring the Roots of Spanish America" from 10:45-11:30
Tracking Cultures focuses on the historical- and cultural-geographic legacy of the blending of customs, beliefs, and practices, and shared cultural legacy in Morocco, Spain, Latin America, and the United States that can be traced back to the period of convivencia between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations of al-Andalus (Islamic Spain 711-1492 CE).

And from 4:15-5:00, Chris and Natalie will co-present "Explorers, Traders & Immigrants."
Explore the effects of cultural contact by tracing the journey of various commodities from their geographic and historical origins to become familiar staples of everyday life. This session will present a curriculum unit designed to help students better understand migration, conquest, exploration, and other forces by tracking global commodities from their points of origin through the social, cultural, political and economic changes they wrought along their way.

Sponsored by: National Council on Geographic Education


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