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Mapping Nature Across the Americas

Detail from: Sierraville Quadrangle, California, Showing Land Classificatoin and Density of Standing Timber, Plate IV accompanying John B. Lieberg, Professional Paper No. 8: Forest Conditions in the Northern Sierra Nevada, California (Washington: United States Geological Survey, 1902). Newberry Library call number: House Documents 4508 Volume 69.

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty
Monday, July 14, 2014Friday, August 15, 2014
NEH Summer Programs - Smith


The five-week institute led by James Akerman (a geographer) and Kathleen Brosnan (an environmental historian) will examine in a Pan-American context the complicated, contradictory, and contested ways in which humans mapped and conceived their place in nature through history. Guest faculty include specialists in the history of cartography, environmental history, geography, US history, and Latin American history. The institute program of lectures, workshops, and discussions encourages 20 participants to cross disciplinary boundaries and move beyond regional and chronological specialties to explore the relationship between nature and mapping in the Americas. Participants will also develop their own research projects and explore unfamiliar primary materials, including the Newberry’s rich holdings of cartography, geography, art, history, literature, and the history of printing from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

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Contact Us

Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
The Newberry Library
60 W Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Kathleen Brosnan
Travis Chair of Modern American History
Department of History
University of Oklahoma
455 West Lindsey Street
Norman, OK 73019

This Institute is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency. The Newberry is an independent library for research and reference in the humanities.