Mapping Nature across the Americas


Chicago, IL



July 6 - July 31, 2020 Length: 4 Weeks


Summer Program

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This seminar, hosted by Chicago's renowned Newberry Library, examines the interplay between mapping and environmental knowledge across Pan-American history. The course of research, discussion, and hand's-on workshops will emphasize how maps and related historical resources can provide insights and into the complicated, contradictory, and contested ways in which humans conceived their place in nature through history. The seminar will be distinctive in its use of maps as its core texts, emphasizing the development of teachers’ skills in the use of maps in their classroom teaching as they consider how mapping has represented and transformed conceptions of nature over time.

Project Director(s)

James Akerman, Kathleen Brosnan

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Kathryn Person

Grantee Institution

Newberry Library