Chicago's Human Landscape | Newberry

Chicago's Human Landscape

An Introduction to its Urban Geography of Migration, Settlement, and Change in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Thursday, October 15, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Pete Nekola, Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The city of Chicago presents a rich subject for visual study, and such an approach can offer a perspective that a traditional classroom text might not, especially with regard to the patterns of human migration and settlement that have characterized the city throughout its history. This seminar will consider visual evidence, in the form of a wide variety of maps, illustrations, and photographs, to decipher patterns of migration and settlement that have characterized life in the city over the last two centuries. We will begin with a survey of several such patterns, in a wide variety of thematic maps and other visual resources, and consider subjects ranging from housing and church architecture to shops, industries, and transit lines. We will also consider how methods for studying, representing, and understanding urban migration and settlement have changed over the years, both in official and academic studies. Finally, we will discuss strategies to facilitate visual analysis of these kinds of materials, as well as within the city itself.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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