Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, EDUCATION

Art, Allegory and Geographic Education: Cultural and Meteorological Lessons from the Sky Deities of Japan

10-21-2019: This is an update and repost from May of this year. Please check out the YouTube video above. If you go to YouTube, put a “like” or comment if you have a question or compliment!  I will be presenting more about my investigation into the sky deities of Japan at the Applied Geography Conference in October. This presentation grew out of my “Meteorology and Myth” research. The abstract for my presentation: “Art, Allegory and Geographic Education: Cultural and Meteorological Lessons from the Sky Deities of Japan” has been accepted for a special session on Physical Geography. Here is a sample slide:

The following is a slideshow of some of the artwork to be discussed, TBD

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Credit goes to the original artists. No copyright infringement is intended. See the full presentation for all credits and references, TBD.

This year’s AGC will be held in Charlotte, NC October 23-25. See the link here for more information about the conference,

http://www.appgeogconf.org/

LINKS AND REFERENCES FOR ART AND IMAGES PDF HERE:

SUGGESTED REFERENCES AND LINKS FOR ART AND IMAGES

and more art …

More Refs and Links

Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, EDUCATION

IN JAPAN LIGHTNING IS RED!

Ino Hayata Hironao seizing the Nue as it falls to the ground amid clouds and lightning. From the series “One of the Eight Hundred Heroes of the Water Margin of Japan” (Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori). Woodblock print, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, published by Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei), circa 1830-1832. Vertical oban (39.6 x 26.7 cm.)

Welcome QR Code readers!

This post is a placeholder for REFERENCES and LINKS for a student research poster to be presented at the North Carolina Geographical Society annual meeting in Greensboro, NC on November 1, 2019. See these PDF files to download all weblinks:

SUGGESTED REFERENCES AND LINKS FOR ART AND IMAGES

More Refs and Links

ABSTRACT:  Lightning is a short-lived, but powerful part of nature. Although lightning photographs are often published,  lightning flashes have seldom been painted by landscape artists. Colorful skies are common in art history, but painted lightning is rare. Most lightning storms in western landscape art have depicted the flashes as either white, or yellowish. An interesting part of art history is the red lightning bolts depicted in the classic paintings of Japan’s Edo Period (1603 – 1868).  Edo’s Ukiyo-e artists almost always depicted lightning as red in color. Furthermore, the bolts are often painted in a nearly abstract, linear fashion, and not in lightning’s true dendritic shape. Is the red lightning of this famous period “artistic license”, or can the deep red colors be explained as something else? Are there some logical reasons why these artists painted lightning as red? Could the style reflect mythology rather than realism? Importantly, are there atmospheric science lessons to be learned, and teaching moments to be made in this discussion? The purpose of this educational project is to advance that dialog.

https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll10/id/90981

https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/artist-woodblock-japanese-prints-online/utagawa-kuniyoshi-1797-1861-53/58101

https://waraie.com/en/thunder-god-raijin

https://www.fujiarts.com/japanese-prints/k355/186k355f.jpg

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/75299

https://www.theartstory.org/movement/ukiyo-e-japanese-woodblock-prints/

https://www.thingsjapanese.com/osaka-school-after-hokuei-kabuki-scene-lightning-dragon-demon.html

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For more Japan weather deities artwork, please see the presentation linked here.

Posted in CULTURE, MY PHOTOS, Popular Culture, Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Review: Lunch at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington

I do not usually write restaurant reviews, but I had a great lunch last week at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington.

I was in Wilmington for the 2019 PCA/ACA South Region Conference (see my presentation post linked here). I was getting tired of conference snacks, and I had a hankering for some good Chinese food. Not a buffet — I wanted a sit-down meal. I searched Google, and saw that the Double Happiness restaurant was well-reviewed. Please visit their website linked here:

The business has two restaurant locations in Wilmington. I went to the one on Wrightsville Road. It was not too crowded at the time, but I arrived there just after it opened for lunch. As you can see from their website, they have a lot of great artwork within. Here are some photos posted to Google linked here. I even took a photo of the pretty menu cover!

Indeed, the menu is expressive of “double happiness”. I would have liked to have kept the menu through the whole meal, just to look at it.

I started off lunch with some Wonton Soup:

Next up, a double dose of happiness continues with double spring rolls:

The main dish was Beef with Broccoli, and I chose the brown rice:

I did not choose any desert, but I ate the fortune cookie, then saved the mint for later:

What was the fortune from the fortune cookie you ask?

Lunch was great. I would like to return sometime for a full dinner. Maybe next time I can get someone to drive me so I can drink a beer or two with dinner!

Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, EDUCATION, Popular Culture

“The Five Themes of Geography Meet the National Football League”

I will be presenting a paper at the Popular Culture Association of the South / American Culture Association of the South conference this fall.

This year, the conference will be held in downtown Wilmington, NC on September 26-28, at the Hotel Ballast.

My abstract for the conference is below:

The Five Themes of Geography Meet the National Football League

ABSTRACT:

Sports references are one way to teach basic geographic concepts to K-12 and general education college students. There is a great interest in professional football (The NFL) although there is less interest in esoteric geographic concepts such as spatial diffusion, cultural landscape, altitudinal zonation, etc. Most college students only take one “general education” elective in college, and many remain uninformed as to how geography relates to their interests. This project presents several discussion topics which could be used to teach the classic “Five Themes of Geography”. The five themes of geography are 1) Location 2) Region 3) Movement 4) Human-Environment Interaction and 5) Place.

Geography as a natural science is discussed in such issues as environmental influences on franchise location, and how the atmosphere influences game physics. Geography as a social science is discussed in issues such as the controversy over team names, marketing problems, and ethnic or cultural identity. Teaching modules were developed for general education courses in geography, which were particularly aimed at education majors. The expected outcome is for these future educators to utilize and embellish these concepts further when teaching the five themes.

Keywords: Five Themes of Geography, Professional Football, K-12 Education, Geography of Popular Culture

For more on the PCA South Conference, see the link here:

PCAS/ACAS

All of the graphics I used are linked on the slide. Original graphics are the property of the original artists/photographers. No copyright infringement is attended.

View the slideshow in this gallery:

Posted in Climatology, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, EDUCATION, Uncategorized

References and Links for — “Meteorology and Myth Part 3: Krishna’s Monsoon Swing”

Welcome QR code readers! If you scanned the code from my poster, then it brought you here. You are still slightly early. In fact, I’m really not ready. I am still compiling that list of references you are looking for.

This blog post is merely a place holder for an abstract and references for a poster/paper yet to be fully written. I will add to the art gallery and reference list as I go along.

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: I teach a general education “Weather and Climate” course. Understanding the circulation of the atmosphere can be a difficult topic for introductory students. However, Earth’s wind systems largely explain climate – and climate explains the world. The purpose of my ongoing “Meteorology and Myth” project is to develop teaching modules which present concepts in an interesting way. Students in the arts and humanities often struggle with physical science. Equally, students in geoscience or STEM fields often need a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities.

This story of monsoons is made to bridge topics in geography, environment and atmospheric science, with history, art, folklore and culture. Teachable moments, discussion and debate is encouraged.

Update! I have created a poster version of the topic. I just now need to find the correct market for it. If you have suggestions, please post in the comments.

References:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsoon_of_South_Asia

https://www.learnreligions.com/jhulan-yatra-1770179

https://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=5037

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/290456099_Impact_of_Madden-Julian_oscillation_on_onset_of_summer_monsoon_over_India

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/the-meaning-of-monsoon-clouds/article24410293.ece

Video: World of Discovery “Chasing India’s Monsoon”

Posted in BOOKS, CULTURE, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, PowerPoint Ideas

4th Grade Presentations: Salvador Dali Book Report

I found another of my son’s old PowerPoint presentations while I was reorganizing our home computer. This one goes all the way back to when he was in 4th grade.

This assignment and presentation was supposed to be a biography of a famous person.  They were supposed to find a biography in the school library. He chose “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali” by Angela Wenzel. Although it was written for kids, I enjoyed reading it myself. I didn’t know a lot about Dali.The kids were assigned to take on the persona of the person, as they read their presentations. My wife used an eyeliner to “draw on” Dali’s famous mustache. Just click on an image to start the slideshow.

I received a lot of good comments from the teachers. The boy was really getting good at making PowerPoint presentations at this point. I think that his presentation holds up pretty well! The YouTube link to the Disney/Dali collaboration has been taken down. I was able to find another posting here:

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, here is the link for Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Mad-World-Salvador-Dali-Adventures/dp/3791329448

Who is your favorite surrealist artist? Please comment!

Posted in CULTURE, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, PowerPoint Ideas

Third Grade Presentations: “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”

I found this old powerpoint file, as I am continuing to organize files on an old computer. This is my son’s report “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”. He was assigned to make a presentation on how his hometown is special.

I had to help him, but he was actually getting pretty good at using PowerPoint … even back in 3rd grade. When I was in 3rd grade, we cut photos out of old magazines to make a poster board.

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Thank you for your help, Mrs. Edwards

Posted in ASSIGNMENTS, CULTURE, EDUCATION, PowerPoint Ideas

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY PROJECT “FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY — THE PHILIPPINES”

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY PROJECT “FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY — THE PHILIPPINES”

I was cleaning out and reorganizing some old files on the home computer today, when I found my son’s AP Human Geography project from last fall. The class was studying the “Five Themes” and the assignment was to make a presentation on an assigned country. Lucky Ducks — my son was assigned The Philippines. They were actually supposed to tack it all to a posterboard, but this is a copy of the PowerPoint he made before cutting out and posting the components. I think that it stands up pretty well as just a PowerPoint! I am glad that we kept a copy of the file. He turned it in and received an “A” grade. His teacher wanted to keep the posterboard, but unfortunately — Hurricane Florence happened. The teacher said that the high school’s second floor roof leaked during the storm, then water dripped all over the stack of student posterboards — ruining every one of them.

TGF PowerPoint! Here is his original presentation.

Of course, if it was me … I would add in all kinds of animations, film clips and  picture postcards, and add in all this detail, … yada yada yada.

Here is another version he made that references all the images. Just incase you wonder where the images came from.

What country would you want to make a “Five Themes” project of? Please comment!

Posted in Climatology, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, OLD RESEARCH

My Poster for the Library’s Annual Creativity Showcase!

My Poster for the Library’s Annual Creativity Showcase!

The media blurb from Library: “The Mary Livermore Library will be sponsoring the Third Annual UNCP Research and Creativity Showcase on April 15, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature poster and speaker presentations at the newly-renovated Mary Livermore Library. These presentations will highlight the scholarship, research, and creative works of UNCP faculty and staff during the past year.”

Contact me if you want to learn more about my “Meteorology and Myth” project.

Notice: I have updated this article, originally posted on March 5, to include photos from the event on April 15, 2019. I also contributed another poster to the event “Blogging through the GEOG-ing” as per the TLC Directors request,

Next year my library showcase event poster will continue the Meteorology and Myth theme with a new chapter — “A Fair Candlemas”. See you then. 

Posted in Climatology, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE

North Carolina Academy of Science 2019 “Science Education, Meteorology and Myth”

FYI: The following is the abstract for my oral paper presentation at the upcoming North Carolina Academy of Science meeting to be held in Wilmington, NC March 22-23, 2019.

Science education, meteorology and myth: The lightning and wind gods of Japan.

This project derives from educational modules developed for teaching atmospheric science concepts to non-science, general education college students. Folklore and mythology are not proper history or science fact, however there may be persistent, underlying truths to the narrative themes inherent in folklore. Japan’s Shinto religion holds Raijin as a god of lightning and thunderstorms, and Fujin as the god of windstorms and tornadoes. There are rational, scientific reasons why the activities of these metaphysical sky deities persist into modern, secular Japanese culture. Although Raijin and Fujin were revered as “kami” or gods, they were depicted as demonic, destructive forces of nature in traditional Japanese art and architecture.  This educational project will explain the science analogies which can be used to explain the Shinto allegory in Japanese culture. Meteorological lessons were made to describe, or at least reinforce the mythology as depicted in Japan’s art, architecture and land use. Myths such as Raijin’s penchant for eating the navels of children, or why Fujin’s skin is green, can be used as discussion points to illustrate meteorological principles in an interesting way for non-science majors. For example, all Japanese painters of the Edo Period depicted lightning flashes as red in color, even though lightning clearly is not red. It might have been artistic license, or perhaps there are meteorological reasons as to why lightning was always colored that way. This teaching module explains weather phenomenon such as gust fronts, nitrogen fixation by lightning, the destructive east winds of cyclones, and others. Through the use of atmospheric science concepts in the context of art and mythology, it is hoped that arts and humanities students will come to better appreciate meteorology. Geoscience majors in turn, could have basic meteorological concepts reinforced, and also gain a better appreciation for art, history and culture.

Feel free to contact me for a copy of the full presentation or collaborative ideas.

Update! Here is a slide show gallery of my presentation.

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03/25/2019