session 5

The Art, Science, and History of Mapmaking

Tuesdays, September 19, 26; October 3, 10
3:30-5:20 p.m.
40 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: September 12
Class Limit: 96

Maps are more than representations of physical reality. They reflect mapmakers' views of the world. Many are also works of art. This course will focus on mapmaking through the beginning of the 20th century. We will look at early Greek and Roman maps, maps from the Dark Ages, and spectacular 16th-century maps that reflect the discovery of the Americas. The course will also emphasize the mapping of the Midwest, Iowa, Johnson County, and Iowa City. Finally, we will discuss the science of mapmaking, including the measurement of the earth, the determination of latitude and longitude, and differing map projections.

INSTRUCTOR: H. Dee Hoover is an emeritus professor of statistics at the UI, where he also served as senior author of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. He collects antiquarian maps and has curated map exhibitions at the UI Museum of Art, the Figge Art Museum, and Drake University.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

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