Columbus State to Host Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Ken Jennings, all-time Jeopardy! champion, and author of the New York Times best seller, Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Columbus State University's Riverside Theatre.

 It's free and open to the public.

Jennings, a map aficionado, will discuss the importance of geography and map collecting to our understanding of history and culture. He will be available after the lecture to autograph copies of his books. CSU's Riverside Theatre is at 6 W. 10th St., in Uptown Columbus.

His appearance comes on the heels of a leading Columbus State supporter, J. Kyle Spencer, announcing his intent to donate to CSU Archives one of the most comprehensive collections of the early maps of Georgia. Before becoming part of the CSU Archives on the top floor of CSU's Schwob Memorial Library on main campus, a sampling of the maps will be on display as the J. Kyle Spencer Map Exhibition from April 19-June 14 at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave.

Jennings was working as a software engineer in Salt Lake City in 2004 when he learned he would appear on Jeopardy! that June. He spent a month making flash cards and cramming on familiar Jeopardy! subjects.

His studying paid off. Jennings had a six-month run that ended on the Nov. 30 show because he didn't know enough trivia about H&R Block. Jennings won 74 games and $2.52 million — both American game show records — during the streak.

Since his Jeopardy! streak ended, Jennings has become a best-selling author. His books include Brainiac, about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture; Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac, the biggest American trivia book ever assembled; and Maphead, about his lifelong love of geography.

 Jennings currently lives outside Seattle with his wife and two children.

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