UNC Professor to Present ‘Meaning of Maps’ on April 10

Susan Schulten, the 2013 UNC Hewit Distinguished Professor of History, will present "The Meaning of Maps" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama Room of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street

The lecture, open to the public free of charge, will focus on an American culture that is saturated with maps, from Google Maps to Geographic Information Systems. Schulten will examine how maps came to be used in the 19th century United States not only to identify locations and represent the landscape, but also to analyze information. Through maps of the weather, the population, the economy, disease, and even their past, Americans gradually learned to view themselves and their nation in altogether new ways.

A signing of her newest book, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2012), will follow the lecture. For more, please see http://www.mappingthenation.com/

The William E. Hewit Endowment, the UNC History Department, and Phi Alpha Theta are sponsoring the event. Schulten is Professor and Chair of the University of Denver's History Department.