Geography lecture marks Sept. 11 commemoration

OXFORD — An internationally noted professor and author will speak about the importance of geographical knowledge during a lecture on the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

Harm de-Blij (duh BLAY) will speak at a 4:30 p.m. public program at the University of Mississippi.

The lecture is sponsored by the Mississippi Geographic Alliance and is held in memory of James Joe Ferguson, Durant, Miss., native who was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

De-Blij, born in the Netherlands, has worked at several American universities. His 2005 book, “Why Geography Matters,” argued that “America’s persistent geographic illiteracy constitutes a national security risk.”

The Associated Press