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Geography Awareness Week Activity

 MAILED:  Nov. 16, 2004

UW-Eau Claire's Geography Club is hosting its annual Geography Bee Thursday, Nov. 18, in Room 265 of Phillips Science Hall on lower campus.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the Geography Bee will start at 6:30 p.m.

This week is Geography Awareness Week. The National Geographic Society started Geography Awareness week during the 1980s when results from one of its surveys found that the United States was the most geographically illiterate developed country in the world, ranking even below Mexico. It did the survey again in 2002 and found that slight gains have been made, but still the United States lagged every country in Europe. For example, in 2002, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the survey found that only 13 percent of Americans could find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

Last year about 30 people participated in the Geography Bee.

For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Bawden, assistant professor of geography and anthropology, at (715) 836-5186 or

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the event.

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Updated: December 28, 2004