Teaching with Maps: Community and Resilience in Maritime New England




Portland, ME; Boston, MA


July 14-26, 2024


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




Using historic and contemporary maps in the collections of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education and the Leventhal Map and Education Center as a starting point, participants will explore how both maps and landscapes reflect, erase, obscure, and/or celebrate Black and Indigenous geographies and histories along New England’s maritime coast. Through deep, critical work with maps, guided museum explorations and learning journeys in rural and urban landscapes, scholar talks and creative workshops, and critical readings and discussions, participants will consider and reflect upon representations of community and resilience in maritime New England, and bring new ways of looking through maps back to their own classrooms and local landscapes.

Project Director(s)

Libby Bischof; Garrett Dash Nelson

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Akomawt Educational Initiative; Upstander Project; Adam Schmitt; Matthew Edney; Bonnie Newsom; Starr Kelly; Fiona Hopper; Larissa Malone; James Francis; Kerri Greenidge; Marnie Voter Childress; L'Merchie Frazier; Akeia de Barros Gomes

Grantee Institution

University of Southern Maine

Funded through the Division of Education Programs