'Jeopardy!' Record-Holder Jennings to Speak at UCF
Ken Jennings, holder of the longest winning streak on the TV game show Jeopardy!, will speak at a UCF public forum at 3 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The author of the book â€śMaphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonksâ€ť will speak about â€śMapping Our Place in the World.â€ť
Jennings won $2.52 million during his 74-game streak. Beyond his enthusiasm for trivia, Jenningsâ€™ fascination with geography is charted in â€śMaphead.â€ť
The event is organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, which strives to sharpen UCFâ€™s international focus. Jennings challenges people to visualize their place in the ecology, geology and history that maps can depict, which exemplifies Global Perspectivesâ€™ 2013-2014 program theme, â€śWhat is Global is Local.â€ť
Jennings is a best-selling author who has written â€śBrainiac,â€ť â€śKen Jenningsâ€™ Trivia Almanac,â€ť and â€śBecause I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.â€ť Jennings has also worked with GSN Live, where he hosted TV shows â€śStump the Masterâ€ť and â€śClued In.â€ť
In addition to Global Perspectives, the sponsors and partners of the event include the UCF Diplomacy Program, UCF Middle Eastern Studies Program, UCF China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program, UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, UCF Isle of Man Small Countries Program, UCF Political Science Department, UCF LIFE, the Chastang Charitable Foundation, UCF Book Festival 2014 in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center and the Global Connections Foundation.
Global Perspectives was designed to help develop UCFâ€™s international resources, capabilities and connections. In addition to organizing events, such as this one, Global Perspectives houses multiple programs and offers several internships and fellowships that help to connect UCF and the Central Florida community to the world. For more information, visit http://ucfglobalperspectives.org/.