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Charting Destiny: The Power of Maps to Influence Historical Change in America

  • 06:00 PM

Charting Destiny: The Power of Maps to Influence Historical Change in America

Hot Topics

With Susan Schulten

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center | Edwards

Over the past five centuries, America has been defined through maps. Whether handmaidens of diplomacy, tools of statecraft, instruments of social reform or even advertisements, maps have been central to American development. They tell us what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for and what they feared. As such, they offer unique windows onto the past, and remain rich and underutilized sources of history. 
Join Susan Schulten, professor of history, for a discussion of the way that maps have both reflected and shaped America from the voyages of discovery to the digital age. Together, Schulten and the audience will examine materials that range from the iconic to the unfamiliar: maps that influenced exploration and imperial rivalry, national expansion and political conflict, immigration and settlement, and even cultural identity and social reform. Come away with a heightened appreciation for the ways that maps both illuminate and complicate our understanding of American history. 
Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of “A History of America in 100 Maps,” “Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America,” and “The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950.” She is also, with Elliott Gorn, co-editor of “Constructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People’s History.” 
In 2010 she was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; in 2013 the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association awarded “Mapping the Nation” the Norris Hundley Prize for the most distinguished work of history published in 2012 written by a scholar living in the American and Canadian west. In 2017 she was awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of a series of 19 articles for the New York Times “Disunion” series, which commemorated the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and shorter series on the relationship of maps and history for The New Republic. 
Professor Schulten teaches courses on Civil War and Reconstruction; America at the turn of the century; the history of American ideas and culture; the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; the Great Depression; the Cold War; war and the presidency and the methods and philosophy of history. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
This program is underwritten by Leslie & Garrett Davies and Mary Pat & Keith Rapp
The Hot Topics Series is graciously underwritten by Kathy & Neal Kimmel

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