World Hot Spots: What Google Earth and Geography Tells Us About War, Peace and the Environment”

With Google Engineering Director Brian McClendon


Event details

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host two programs focusing on international issues such as genocide, war and peace. The events will feature two former U.S. ambassadors and the creator of Google Earth."Our students at the Dole Institute were the force behind our first program dealing with genocide in Darfur," said Jonathan Earle, interim director of the Dole Institute. "The second program will examine how people all over the world - including in war zones - are using technologies like Google Earth and GPS."Former U.S. ambassadors Robert Beecroft and Edward Brynn will discuss "Genocide: What the World Can Do and Should Do" on Thursday, Sept. 6. Beecroft and Brynn will examine the current crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and compare it to the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. Beecroft led U.S. diplomatic relations with Bosnia from 2001 to 2004. Brynn served as ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1990 to 1993 and Ghana from 1995 to 1998.KU alumnus Brian McClendon, the creative force behind Google Earth, will join Alexander Murphy and Jerry Dobson to examine conflict from geographical perspectives on Thursday, Sept. 20. "World Hot Spots: What Google Earth and Geography Tells Us About War, Peace and the Environment" will spotlight how technology and geography are changing the way countries wage war and people make life and death decisions.McClendon, a Lawrence native, is an engineering director at Google. Murphy, former vice president of the American Geographical Society, is a professor of geography at the University of Oregon, where he specializes in cultural and political geography. Dobson teaches geography at KU and is president of the American Geographical Society. The society is a co-sponsor of the event.Both programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute. The forums are free and open to the public. For more information on Dole Institute programs, visit or call (785) 864-4900.The Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting public service, civic engagement and politics. It is located on KU's west campus next to the Lied Center.


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