The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography held a four-week NEH summer seminar for primary and secondary school teachers, “Envisioning America in Maps and Art” in 2011. Participating teachers explored how maps and art collectively shaped ideas about space, landscape, natural history, ethnography, commerce, and politics in the Americas.
The five-week institute led by James Akerman (a geographer and Director of the Smith Center) and Diane Dillon (an art historian and Director of Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs) traced the interplay between American art and mapping from the transatlantic encounter into the 21st century. Guest faculty included specialists in art, art history, cartography, geography, philosophy, America
This 3-week seminar led by James Akerman (The Newberry Library) and Gerald Danzer (Emeritus, The University of Illinois at Chicago) was designed to develop cartographic literacy and encourage effective use of map documents in the classroom through study in the history of cartography.