Maps in the News
A geography professor takes an in-depth look at journalistic maps—past and present. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott Professor Emeritus Dividing the Land This is a discussion of how and why land holdings differ throughout the United States. Visual aids. 30 min.
Flood to Eternity
The speaker tells the story of the famous Johnstown Flood, which took place in May 1889. This is a digital sight and sound show. The discussion includes some observations by the speaker. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.
Intruders from Distant Places
The geography and ecology of places is changed dramatically by the purposeful and accidental introduction of plants and animals. These are some interesting stories of what has happened and where. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.
Say Hello to Yellowstone
This is a stimulating look at the scenery and geology of Yellowstone National Park. 30 min.
Tsunami—A Natural Disaster!
The recent killer seismic sea wave was one of the largest natural disasters in the 21st century. This program investigates the cause and aftereffects of this geologic force. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.
The Story of Pompeii
A huge volcanic eruption destroyed this Roman city in 79 A.D. The excavation of its ruins reveals much about life in this period. Visual aids. 30 min.
The Grand Canyon Is Divine
This is the geologic story of the Grand Canyon. The presentation is based on an article written by the speaker in World Book entitled, “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.” Visual aids. 30 min.
The Wonderful World of Nature Photography
A lecture focusing on the art and science of taking photographs using a 35mm camera. The speaker’s photographs have been featured in books and magazines including Mercator’s World and Journal of Geography. Visual aids. 30 min.
The Mystery of El Niño
This lecture describes how El Niño develops over the Pacific Ocean in December. It radically alters world weather patterns, causing drought in Australia and flooding in California. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.
Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest
Explore the fascinating volcanic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. See the volcanoes that were the focus of the news media in 1981, such as Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. Visual aids. 35 min.
Hurricanes: The Curse of the Eastern Seaboard
This talk covers the origins, history, and dangers posed by these complex storms. Visual aids. 30 min.
Tornado! A Killer Storm
Examines the origin and distribution of violent wind storms in the United States. Examples of past storm damage and technologies for reducing property loss and injury are provided. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.
The Amazing World of Maps
Program discusses the history and development of mapmaking. Visual aids. 30 min.
Grand Canyon from Top to Bottom
A scenic tour of one of the nation’s most famous national parks. Visual aids. 30 min.