If you are looking for the 2018 Summer Seminar, “Reading Material Maps in the Digital Age: An NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 Teachers,” please follow this link: 2018 Seminar.

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce Material Maps in the Digital Age, a four-week NEH seminar (Monday, June 10 — Saturday, July 6th*) for college and university faculty.


Aerial view of The Newberry Library, Chicago.

The seminar directors, Dr. James Akerman (a geographer and the Newberry’s Curator of Maps) and Dr. Peter Nekola (a philosopher and historian at Luther College), will lead 16 humanities scholars on a course of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed in the Newberry’s extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. While this seminar will be guided by a program of reading and discussion led by Akerman and Nekola concerning a range of contemporary themes and perspectives in historical map scholarship, it will be especially mindful of how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution.


Participants in a workshop during Reading Material Maps in the Digital Age, an NEH summer seminar for K-12 teachers (2018)

*The program will not hold sessions on Thursday, July 4th and will instead hold a final session on Saturday, July 6th, 2019.