Mapping Nature across the Americas





July 12-August 6, 2021 Length: 4 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




The seminar directors,  James Akerman (a geographer and the Newberry’s Curator of Maps) and  Kathleen Brosnan (an environmental historian and the Travis Chair of Modern American History, University of Oklahoma) will lead 16 schoolteachers on a course of reading, discussion, and research. A primary feature of the seminar will be “show-and-tell” sessions where participants will become immersed in historical maps from the Newberry’s extensive and renowned collection. These hands-on exercises will allow participants to explore more fully how maps reveal the complex, contradictory, and contested ways in which humans conceived their place in nature through history.

Project Director(s)

James Akerman; Kathleen Brosnan

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

James Akerman; Kathleen Brosnan

Grantee Institution

Newberry Library

Funded through the Division of Education Programs