California Map Society / Rumsey Map Center Annual Lecture and Student Essay Competition Winner Talks

Sponsored by David Rumsey Map Center


Thursday, April 5, 2018
3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
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The David Rumsey Map Center, Green Library, Bing Wing, 4th Floor
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Our annual lecture series co-sponsored by the California Map Society will feature Professor Imre Demhardt of the University of Texas, Arlington. He is a well-known and popular lecturer in the history of cartography. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Graduate Student Essay Competition Ken Neff, a graduate student in Liberal Arts at Stanford University. He will present his winning essay, entitled Enlightened Cartography: Mapping Imperial Russia. 

Professor Demhardt’s topic at the Rumsey Center is Men, Myths, and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont, and Stephen Long.

Professor Demhardt will also speak at the Map and Atlas Museum in La Jolla (April 6) and at the Monte Cedro auditorium in Altadena (April 7) under the auspices of the California Map Society.


Doors open 3.15 pm
3.30 pm: Ken Neff: Student Essay Competition Winner
4.30 pm: Professor Imre Demhardt
5.45 pm: Center Closes

The talks are free but require advance registration. Please register here.

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The event is free and open to the public, advance registration is required.

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