Nov 7th 2019

20th Nebenzahl Lectures: Redrawing the World after WWI

@ Newberry Library

60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Opening Thursday, November 7th, from 7:30PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, November 9th

1919 was a year of heightened map production around the world. ‎In the wake of World War 1, many cartographers sought to advance political agendas, with some working to preserve a lasting peace through their maps and others using their maps to redraw national boundaries in order to shore up claims to what they had been taught was rightfully theirs. Though much of this cartographic work took place a century ago at the peace negotiations in Paris, its global legacy continues to reverberate today.

The ramifications of 1919 are the focus of this year’s 20th Nebenzahl Lectures. Hosted by the Newberry’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and organized by Dr. Peter Nekola of Luther College, this year’s lectures will bring together eight scholars from around the world for three days of discussion about the consequences of 1919 for the history of cartography in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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As always, the lectures are free and open to the public, but note that registration is required. For more information, please contact Madeline Crispell, Smith Center program assistant, at or (312)-255-3575.

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