San Bernardino County Museum opens registration for the first of six 2018 Dome Talks

By on December 16, 2017

Joseph Kerski, PhD to speak on Discoveries that revolutionized geography

Joseph Kerski, PhD, will lead off the San Bernardino County Museum’s (SBCM) second year of Dome Talks, evening discussions featuring leading authors and thought leaders discussing topics relevant to the past, present, and future of our Inland Southern California region. Dr. Kerski is author of Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography, and is the education manager at Esri and an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver.

Geography has always been regarded as an ancient discipline and yet in today’s world geography is also high-tech. Whether ancient or current geography has always been revolutionary. Dr. Kerski’s presentation will examine the people, innovations and ways of thinking that have revolutionized geography but also shaped the world in which we live. Your morning cup of coffee, the smartphone’s GIS that guided you to the coffeeshop and the smartphone you use and enjoy over that cup of coffee are examples Dr. Kerski will use to show how geographic innovations have shaped our world.

“It’s exciting to bring Joseph Kerski’s cutting edge knowledge to our museum community, and to supplement our exhibits and programs about geography,” Museum Director Melissa Russo said.

Dr. Kerski’s position at Esri includes extensive work in geo spatial technologies including GIS-based curriculum development, research in the implementation and effectiveness of GIS in education, teaching professional development institutes for educators, and fostering partnerships and communication to promote and support GIS in international formal and informal education at all levels.

Recent geographic discoveries include such modern developments as GPS, plate tectonics, ocean currents, the Internet of Things, satellite imagery, sea clocks, supply chain management and web mapping; Dr. Kerski’s discussion will include a look into discoveries that await of future lives.

Dr. Kerski earned his B.A. in Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) and an M.A. from the University of Kansas, also in Geography. He returned to UCB to earn his PhD in Geography.

Individual tickets for Dome Talks are $25 per evening; Museum members can purchase individual tickets for $18. A Full Series Pass for all six Dome Talks is $130, $100 for Museum members. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum’s welcome desk, by calling the Museum at (909) 798-8608, or on-line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum. Advance ticket purchases are recommended because seating is limited.

Dome Talks start at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Talks begin promptly at 7 p.m. with book sales and signings following. The Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.