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The People s Geography Project (www.peoplesgeography.org) is
establishing a clearinghouse of materials lesson ideas, syllabuses,
resources, commentaries, etc. that can help us create a useful,
public, and critical geography of the roots, effects, likely
consequences, and changed geographies resulting from this weeks
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington (including the plane
crashed in Pennsylvania).
We think geographers through their teaching and research can help
people understand what has happened and to see alternatives to
escalating war. We think we can help people also understand the
geographically, socially, and politically uneven roots and consequences
of this attack. We also know there are a whole range of issues that
need to be understood the geopolitical and destructive power of the US
in SW Asia, the privatization of airport security in the US (and its
operation as a low-bid business), the nature of urban and
architectural symbolism, the power of the media, the transformation of
the state, the roots of terrorism, the on-going struggles of Palestinian
We know that many of you have been teaching about this week s events in
your courses and lectures, have been pulling together resources, have
written analyses, etc. We think it would be especially useful, to
geographers and to the general public, to pool our collective knowledge
and understanding, as well as to see where gaps remain.
The purpose of the clearinghouse will be to provide a resource for
teachers (at all levels), for the lay public, and for geographical
If you have outlines of lectures or exercises, know of good web and
paper resources, have written analyses that touch on this weeks events,
their roots, or their likely consequences, please send them to me at
[log in to unmask] or to Rich Van Deusen at
[log in to unmask] We also welcome any ideas about the sorts of
materials we should be gathering, analyses that need to be made, means
of teaching that need to be explored.
We will endeavor to post materials to the People s Geography Website
(www.peoplesgeography.org) as quickly as possible and to spread the word
among teachers, interested publics, etc. about their availability.
Over time we hope to be able to put together teaching packets,
pamphlets, and other materials, written in accessible language that can
then be distributed to any who wants them.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
People s Geography Project