Dr. Michael G. Noll

Professor of Geography

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2216 Nevins Hall
Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: (229) 333-7143
Fax: (229) 219-1201
E-Mail: mgnoll@valdosta.edu

Office Hours: I offer virtual office hours since Fall 2017. Simply call me with questions or concerns or send me an email, and I will respond within 24 hours.





Ph.D. (2000) University of Kansas
M.A. (1993) University of Kansas
B.A.  (1987) University of Trier (Germany)



Sabbatical Leave in Spring 2019


Please note that I will be on sabbatical in the Spring Semester of 2019 and hence will not be teaching any courses.



Courses Offered in Summer 2019


GEOG 1101 IA    Introduction to Human Geography (online / Summer II (June-July) / CRN 50841)

GEOG 1102 IA    World Regional Geography (online / Summer IV (July) / CRN 50842)



Other Courses I Teach


GEOG 3410     Cultural Geography (Fall 2019)

GEOG 3910     European Geography (not currently scheduled)

GEOG 3920     Geography of the Middle East (Spring 2020)

PERS 2605       Geopolitics and Ethnic Conflict (Spring 2021 / online)

PERS 2699       Culture, Language & Identity (not currently scheduled)


Note: You can search the following websites for inexpensive textbooks, either for sale or to rent!





 Just make sure you get the ***correct edition***!


Research Interests:


My research focuses on the narrated landscapes of Prince Maximilian of Wied (1782-1867), a German explorer and naturalist who traveled through the United States in 1832-34, accompanied by the Swiss painter Karl Bodmer (1809-1893). Other research interests include: community development along Highway 41; the Hispanization of the South; "Stolpersteine" (stumbling stones) in Germany and beyond; geography and geopolitics of the Middle East; the diffusion of Turkish culture and businesses throughout Germany; clean and renewable sources of energy.




Ein Prinz Unter Indianern: Die Reisen des Prinz Maximilian zu Wied

(A Prince Among Native Americans: The Journeys of Prince Maximilian of Wied)


(German docudrama, produced by Atlantis Film Berlin which aired on Terra X on March 12, 2017)




Please contact me if you have any questions!


Other Useful Links:


- Association of American Geographers
- National Geographic Society
- Topographic Maps on the Web

- Any Place America (free topographic maps)
- Newsmagazine of the Earth Sciences
- University of Texas Map Collection
- Interactive World Time Atlas
- Vegetation Maps at Stanford University
- Explore our World via Google Earth
- National Council for Geographic Education

- A Guide to Famous American Landmarks for Kids
- Geography Game 1: Quiz Site for U.S. Geography

- Geography Game 2: Drop US States in Their Right Places

- Geography Game 3: Locate World Cities
- National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- The Christian Science Monitor
- The New York Times
- The Right-To-Know Network

- Aljazeera on You Tube (English version)

- 2005 photo project on parking and garbage at VSU

- Global Oneness Project

- Geoscience Videos



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness - all foes to real understanding. Likewise, tolerance or broad, wholesome charitable views

of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."  Mark Twain


"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." Daniel Boorstin


“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.

Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Stephen Hawking

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignoble war is;

I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." Albert Einstein


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana


"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis remain neutral." Dante Alighieri


"Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings." Heinrich Heine


"They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness." John Milton


"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King


"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win." Mahatma Gandhi


"Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities." Voltaire


"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." Howard Zinn


"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." Dalai Lama


“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘it's as plain as the nose on your face.’

But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” Isaac Asimov


"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." John Muir


"All things are subject to interpretation, and whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." Friedrich Nietzsche


"Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer


"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." Ella Wheeler Wilcox


"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein


"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Unknown

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