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NEH Summer Programs

Rand McNally travel maps. Wing Modern MS Bx. 5, Fl.#66 RMcN Series 5 Fl.#67.

Rand McNally travel maps. Wing Modern MS Bx. 5, Fl.#66 RMcN Series 5 Fl.#67.

The Smith Center frequently hosts summer seminars and institutes exploring topics in the history of cartography. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, these programs bring in graduate students, college faculty, or K-12 school teachers for several weeks of intensive research and group discussion. Participants balance classes—which include an extensive reading schedule and guest lectures from scholars—with original research in the Newberry’s extensive collections.

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce Mapping Nature Across the Americas, a four-week digital NEH seminar (July 12-August 6, 2021) for schoolteachers. The seminar, led by James Akerman (a geographer and director of the Smith Center) and Kathleen Brosnan (an environmental historian and Travis Chair of Modern American History, University of Oklahoma) will emphasize how map study can provide insights into the complicated, contradictory, and contested ways in which humans have conceived their place in nature throughout history. The seminar will be distinctive in its use of maps as the core texts for this exploration, emphasizing the development of teachers’ skills in the use of maps in their classroom as they consider how mapping has represented and transformed human conceptions of nature over time.

For more information, please go to the Mapping Nature Across the Americas website: Or contact the Smith Center Program Assistant Madeline Crispell at

Past summer programs have included “Envisioning America in Maps and Art,” “Mapping and Art in the Americas,” and “Developing Cartographic Literacy.”

Past NEH Summer Programs