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The Many Faces of Maps

“Give me the map there!” demands King Lear as he prepares to divide his kingdom among his daughters. It is easy to imagine such a map, as maps are often used for this purpose today. A map is a visual representation of space and can be used for such ends as planning road systems and towns, allotting property taxes, or showing water resources. It can also be a base for information, geographically presented, such as populations, ethnic diversity, household income, or religious affiliation. Maps appear to be eminently practical and factual documents, but maps can be misleading, deliberately. We might think of early maps as merely amateur endeavors, but these old maps have much to tell us. This course will also look at the history of maps. Each class meeting will begin with a key map which will set the theme for the day’s discussion. This course will contain information from the last time it was taught, as well as some new information.

Instructor Bio:

Evelyn Edson taught history and humanities at Piedmont Virginia Community College for 34 years. Her research field is the history of medieval cartography (maps). She has published three books on the subject and is eager to talk with other map-lovers.

Recommended Reading:

Akerman, James and Robert Karrow, Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, 2007. Thrower, Norman J. Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, 1996.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A201 Evelyn Edson Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 Tu 9:30-11:00 a.m. African American Heritage Center WL

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