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  • Join us and the DePaul Geography Department on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5:30- 7:30 at the DePaul University Student Center (2250 N Sheffield, Room 220), as we screen The Illinois Geographical Society’s documentary “Remembering Jewish Lawndale.” This documentary is the first in the Giants of Geography Series which feature prominent Illinois Geographers of today. The film highlights Dr. Irving Cutler – former Geography Chair at Chicago State University – and his work with Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood and its Jewish past. After the screening, we will have a Question and Answer session with Dr. Cutler and the producers of the documentary. Refreshments will be provided. GSC Members, DePaul students, Facility, staff: FREE. Non GSC Members: $10 at the door.
  • 40 Maps that Explain the World. Great if you have an hour or two (or three) to kill.
  • Check out these amazing photos of Saturn’s insane hexagonal hurricane.
  • And finally… 13 Picture of Goats on Cliffs.

Hurricane Sandy: a critical look from a personal perspective

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There’s my laundromat…

Hi, my name is Andrew Weatherhead.  I’m a Chicago native and a member of the Geographic Society of Chicago, though I’ve lived in New York City off and on since 2005.  I currently call the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn home, which — as you may or may not know — is a coastal enclave of some historic significance.  It was part of the original 17th century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam, it played a role in The Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War, and from the 1920’s to the 1960’s it was the busiest freight port in the world.  It was also one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th.  Given my proximity to this extraordinary meteorological event, I thought I’d use the following blog post to give a personal account of my experience and try to answer some questions the storm has raised about the nature of extreme weather and the future of urban development in a changing global climate.

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