Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Teaching Geography and Geopolitics

Teaching Geography and Geopolitics

Date : Sat., April 20, 2002 to Sun., April 21, 2002 Category : Butcher History Institute

Visit a strange city or neighborhood without a map, and you are lost.  We know this, and so do our students.  But maps are not only essential for travel.  They are vital to understanding national and global history, politics, economics, and culture.  Knowing geography, appreciating how it influences political and military events and sets limits to what politicians, economists, and business leaders can do in a given region, is more essential than ever for our young people, who need to understand the world in order to shape fruitful lives in it.

FPRI’s Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education and FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West are pleased to announce a weekend-long history institute on “Teaching Geography and Geopolitics,” featuring a series of lectures by leading scholars in several fields.  This program is specially designed for secondary school teachers, curriculum supervisors, and junior college faculty.

Teaching Geography and Geopolitics Conference Summary by Trudy J. Kuehner



Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

04/20/2002 - 11:00 AM to 11:05 AM
Alan Luxenberg

Director - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Why Geography Matters

04/20/2002 - 11:05 AM to 12:15 PM
Walter A. McDougall


Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Related Article(s):

You Can’t Argue with Geography

Does Geopolitics Matter?

04/20/2002 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

The Geopolitics of Europe

04/20/2002 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
David Gress

Senior Fellow

Visiting Professor of International Relations, Boston University

The Geopolitics of China, Japan, and East Asia

04/20/2002 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Arthur Waldron

Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Director of Asian Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Narrating the Past: Maps in Historical Atlases

04/20/2002 - 7:30 PM
Jeremy Black

Senior Fellow

Professor of History, University of Exeter

Changing the Map of the Americas

04/20/2002 - 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Anthony DePalma

New York Times

Cultural Geography of Colonial America

04/20/2002 - 9:30 AM to 10:45
Alan Taylor

Professor of History, University of California at Davis

Panel: Teaching Geography and Geopolitics

04/20/2002 - 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
William Anthony Hay


Executive Director - Center for the Study of America and the West

Paul Dickler

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Neshaminy High School

James Kurth

Chairman - Center for the Study of America and the West

Claude Smith Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Related Article(s):

Teaching Geography and Geopolitics



Gregg Conference Center

270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
PA Bryn Mawr 19010

Registration links

Register Deadline

What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute.  Forty participants will be selected to receive:

*     free room and board

*     assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute

*     stipends of $200 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work

*     partial travel scholarships available for participants outside the East Coast

*     free copy of Maps and History, by Jeremy Black

*     one-year subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs