The Convergence of Geography and History How the Physical World has Affected Us All

Instructor: Tom Conger

The Convergence of Geography and History--How the Physical World has Affected Us All

Remember 5th grade in elementary school when the teacher would say, "OK, boys and girls, time for some geography?" And most of the class would groan, "Oh, no, not geography!" Why was that? Why did most kids express a dislike for geography? And why are so many of today's adults so geographically challenged?

Tom Conger, the Center for Lifelong Learning's geography lecturer, thinks he knows why. It's the way geography was taught to us. We memorized the state capitals, learned where Africa was on a map, and found out that pineapples came from Hawaii. What we didn't learn is that everything that happens on the surface of the earth has an impact on everything else. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography), recognizing the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies and landscapes across the world., and the links between them.

In this course, participants will delve into what geography is and how it is linked to historical events. And, to end on a humorous note, there will be a look at some geographical "bloopers," "redundancies" and outright "l can't believe that he/she said that" events.

Class meets Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 12, 2019, 1 PM. Fee: $15. Register at Clubhouse 1.