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Geographer to Discuss Impact of War on the Landscape

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2009

postcard for Let's Do LunchEAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geographer will discuss the impact of conflict and war on the landscape during a Feb. 25 Alumni Association luncheon.

Dr. Joseph Hupy, an assistant professor of geography and anthropology, will examine how the landscape exerts an impact on military operations and how military operations have had a lasting impact on many 20th century battlefields.

Hupy's presentation, titled "Assessing the Impacts of War on the Contemporary Landscape," will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire.

Hupy will discuss how he combines many of the fundamentals of geography with the basic principles of military geographic theory in his course through somewhat unorthodox teaching methods, including having students play capture the flag with paintball markers. He also will discuss how his research on previous battlefields of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, and Verdun, France, has generated interest in the military community. The military has used his work to apply to overseas campaigns and for sustainable use of their training grounds.

Hupy earned his bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a master's degree from New Mexico State University. He earned a doctorate degree from Central Michigan University. Hupy joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2007.

The Feb. 25 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program, which is open to the public. The $10 cost includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

To discuss Hupy's presentation or his research, contact Hupy at 715-836-2316 or hupyjp@uwec.edu.

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