Google War (Beta) 

War imagery has streamed into American living rooms since Vietnam, but now conflict and its aftermath can be witnessed at the click of a mouse. The University of Kansas’ Dole Institute presentation “World Hot Spots: What Google Earth and Geography Tell Us About War, Peace and the Environment” comes on the heels of Crisis in Darfur, a feature that Google launched in April. The Google Earth program uses satellite imagery to allow users to zoom in on the destruction caused by the ongoing genocide in Sudan. The program also has been used recently in the attempt to locate missing aviator Steve Fossett. KU alumnus Brian McClendon, one of Google Earth’s creators, will join Oregon State University geography professor Alexander Murphy and KU professor Jerry Dobson to examine conflict from both technological and geographic perspectives at 7:30 tonight at the Dole Institute (2350 Petefish Drive in Lawrence). McClendon, a Lawrence native, is an engineering director at Google. Dobson teaches geography at KU and is president of the American Geographical Society, a co-sponsor of the event. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, see doleinstitute.org or call 785-864-4900.
Thu., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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