JCU is one of two universities to teach the world’s first-ever courses on crisis mapping, live mapping focused on powering effective early warnings for rapid response to crises. Two simultaneous courses, Crisis Mapping, Politics, and New Media at JCU, and another at Tufts University, center on this new field. The course is taught by Assistant Professor of Political Science Jen Ziemke, a co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers (CM*Net) and the co-organizer of the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) series. Ziemke is also a Crisis Mapping Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The Crisis Mappers Network, the primary crisis mapping network, was launched at JCU at the end of an ICCM conference in 2009. After learning the basic tools used by Crisis Mappers, the class spent an entire day simulating a crisis developing from the recent snow storm across the Midwest. Current events and debates will likely determine the future direction of the course, and students will have access to state-of-the-art crisis mapping technologies.