The students and staff of the geographic information systems (GIS) program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet are hosting a community event Oct. 1 focusing on geography and how to change the world with maps and teach with maps.

The free event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. in the campus amphitheater and commons and ends at 1:30 p.m., features guest speaker Joseph Kerski, a world-renowned geographer and education manager at Esri, Inc.

Kerski’s presentation is “Exploring Your World Through GIS." Participants will discover how web mapping applications, field survey tools, multimedia maps and spatial analysis can help people solve problems, better understand the world and teach in powerful ways. Kerski lives in Colorado and holds a doctorate degree in geography from the University of Colorado.

“Geography is about more than where countries and capitals are located,” said Carl Sack, geography and GIS faculty at FDLTCC. “Cutting-edge web technologies are making maps more relevant than ever to our daily lives, from finding our way to a new destination to hailing a ride to figuring out where to live. This event is a must for anyone interested in learning how to use maps to solve problems.”

Kerski will speak at 11:30 a.m. in the campus amphitheater. After Kerski’s presentation, a feast and research projects will be featured by area GIS professionals and students:

  • Tim Krohn, GIS and land management specialist, Fond du Lac Resource Management, on "Tribal Allotment Recovery;
  • Sara Rybak, FDLTCC graduate and current University of Wisconsin-Superior student, on "Winter Habitat Suitability Analysis for Lynx in Minnesota;"
  • Angela Martini, FDLTCC graduate and current University of Minnesota Duluth student, on "Renewable Energy Potential in Minnesota;" and
  • Elijah Howard, current FDLTCC student, on the "Correlation Between Soy Exports and Activist Deaths in Brazil."

The community event is co-sponsored by the FDLTCC Geographic Information Systems Club, the UMD Geospatial Analysis Center and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium. No preregistration is needed.

For more information, contact Carl Sack at carl.sack@fdltcc.edu or 218-879-0718.