Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth
As part of the University of San Francisco’s academic conference in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition China at the Center, the Asian Art Museum will host a special program for the general public. Through the lens of the Ricci and Verbiest world maps, the presentations will discuss map collections and the history of cartography, as well as contemporary issues related to mapping, with a focus on the latest technological innovations pioneered by Google and NASA.
Join Dr. Laura Hostetler, EDS-Stewart Chair at USF’s Ricci Institute, as she delves into the complex geopolitical controversies surrounding territorial mapping. Dr. Ralph Ehrenberg, Head of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, will speak on its important collection of East Asian maps, including the Verbiest map featured in the exhibition. Former NASA administrator Stephen Sandford and Google Geospatial Programs coordinator Ed Parsons will provide insight into the technologies that power the mapping processes of the 21st century and describe the evolution, over centuries, of the way we view the world.
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