The Eighteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography
The Newberry Library, Chicago
October 24-26, 2013
The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce “The War of 1812 and American Cartography,” the 18th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography. The series, beginning on Thursday evening, October 24, 2013 and running through Saturday morning, October 26, will consider how the evolving geopolitical ambitions of the United States that underpinned the War of 1812 were linked to the emergence of an American national cartography.
North Americans on both sides of the U.S. – Canada border are commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in 2012-15. But while Canadians remember the war as a formative national event, Americans remember it (if at all) as a comparatively minor event in their history, overshadowed by the memory of the Civil War, whose sesquicentennial is also currently being commemorated. Similarly, the War of 1812 has barely raised a ripple in American carto-historiography. Yet the decades immediately preceding and following the war, roughly encompassing the years 1800-1830 embraced the first exploratory expeditions organized by the federal government; expansive mapping devoted to settlement, migration, and the improvement of infrastructure; the beginnings of American pedagogic, historical, and commercial cartography; and the formation and entrenchment of state and federal agencies devoted to surveying and mapping. The seven invited contributors to this eighteenth series of the Nebenzahl Lectures will explore these and other themes, asking whether and in what ways the War of 1812 and its aftermath was a formative period in American cartography and its representation of American geopolitical ambitions and identity.
The Nebenzahl Lectures are free. However, we do ask that all persons wishing to attend make a reservation. For reservations and further information please contact Kristin Emery, The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 USA; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 312-255-3657.
James Akerman, Curator of Maps and Director, the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library
Martin Brückner, Associate Professor, English Department and Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware
John Cloud, Historian, NOAA Central Library
Imre Demhardt, Jenkins and Virginia Garret Chair in Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography, University of Texas at Arlington
Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, North Central College
Susan Schulten, Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Denver
Scott Stevens, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library
Hermon D. Smith Center for the History of Cartography
60 W. Walton Street
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