Geography Awareness Week

Pitt-Johnstown sponsors activities each November to mark Geography Awareness Week.


On July 24, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation designating a week in November as Geography Awareness Week. The joint resolution, which is reproduced in full on the back of this brochure, was introduced in Congress by Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Senator Robert Stafford of Vermont, and Representative Leon Panetta of California. The resolution focused national attention on the importance of geography in our increasingly interdependent world. The resolution passed unanimously. 

The Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education and the National Geographic Society, along with a number of state Geographical Societies, have joined with college and university geography departments throughout the nation to coordinate a series of scholarly presentations, symposia, exhibits of cartography and other programs.

Activities and Lectures Open to the Public

Following the lead of national geographic organizations, the Geography Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is pleased to sponsor and present the following activities to commemorate Geography Awareness Week every November:

  • Geography exhibits
  • UPJ Geography Department – Open House
  • Information on Graduate Schools
  • Jobs in Geography
  • Visits by graduates of UPJ Geography Department
  • Departmental Dinner