Mapping Our Worlds: Community maps and storytelling, past and present

Sat, October 19, 2013 | Sid Richardson Hall Unit 1, 2300 Red River Street

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Educator Workshop at LLILAS Benson, The University of Texas at Austin

This workshop will explore mapmaking as a source of community expression and identity. As we look at examples of community mapping projects both past and present, we will discuss how maps can represent histories and points of view outside the bounds of traditional cartography.

For a historical perspective, LLILAS Benson Curator Julianne Gilland will present an up-close look at rare manuscript maps from the Benson Latin American Collection’s Relaciones Geográficas, an unparalleled collection of maps created by indigenous communities in 16th century Mexico and Guatemala. For contemporary examples, we will look at recent student mapping projects both in Guatemala and right here in Austin led by LLILAS Benson researchers Omar Diaz and Adriana Linares.

With these projects as the basis for our discussion, we will consider the ways in which the process of creating a map can be as meaningful as the final product, and we’ll explore the possibilities for using mapmaking as a means of student storytelling and identity-building.

This workshop is free and open to all K-16 educators and librarians, and is Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit eligible.

Lunch, materials, and parking provided.

Registration required. To register contact Lindsay Dudley, ldudley@austin.utexas.edu or 512.232.2404

Sponsored by: LLILAS Benson

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