Geography

Mapes (left) and Koopman (right) They remember the sights and sounds of helicopters and trucks as the Ohio National Guard moved into their small college town. They remember the smell of tear gas. They remember the chants of the protesters against the Vietnam War and invasion of Cambodia. They remember the panic and fear that ensued immediately after they heard that four students...

An irrigation canal runs through a Cambodian rice field A recent publication by Kent State geographers sheds more light on the causes of the Cambodian genocide that wiped out roughly a quarter of the country’s population in the late 1970s. Co-authored with Kent State geography professor James Tyner in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, doctoral student Stian Rice’s article “The rice...

Kent State University Assistant Professor Jennifer Mapes, Ph.D., poses beside a map kiosk in downtown Kent that she helped to create. Kent State University Assistant Professor Jennifer Mapes, Ph.D., was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award by Main Street Kent during the organization’s annual awards celebration. Main Street Kent is a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent and is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the...

Pan-African Studies host Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its third biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 8, 2016. This year’s conference is themed “Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World” and aims to explore new...

Pan-African Studies host Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference How well does Twitter represent public perceptions and behavior in a public health crisis?  Researchers at Kent State University have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study what social media activity on Twitter reveals about perceptions of last October’s Ebola scare and how perceptions influenced behavior. What the...

College of Arts & Sciences

November 16-22 Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a...

On October 24, six Kent State educators (five from the College of Arts and Sciences) were honored for their achievements in the classroom during the 21st annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference. Three faculty members received the Kent State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for demonstrating extraordinary teaching...

The concepts of mass violence and war evoke strong emotions for most people – and the thought of where they have occurred is often a side note. But one Kent State University professor’s unique perspective on the geography of these events has resulted in recognition of his work in the geographic research field.  James Tyner, Ph.D., professor...