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 NEH seminar for schoolteachers. Based at the library, due to the ongoing pandemic, the seminar will be held entirely online from July 12 to August 6, 2021.


The seminar directors, Dr. James Akerman (a geographer and the Newberry’s Curator of Maps) and Dr. 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 virtual workshop sessions where participants will become immersed in historical maps from the Newberry’s extensive and renowned collection. These online sessions 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. At the same time, the virtual environment will present an opportunity as well for participants to develop skills and tools emphasizing the use of online research and teaching collections.

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