Hyde Lecture Series Presents Bill Rankin

Hyde Lecture Series Presents Bill Rankin

By Kerry McCulloug...

February 5, 2018

The Hyde Lecture Series presents Bill Rankin as its February 14th lecturer. The presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium giving a lecture entitled "Base Maps and Invisible Landscapes”.

For this lecture, Rankin will explore cartography and challenge today’s designers to approach this age-old-art with a different lens. For most of the last century, cartography has relied on a simple division between a "base map" and its "thematic" overlays. This is a powerful epistemological diagram that governs the boundary between the visible and the invisible, separating "neutral" topography from environmental, demographic and legal landscapes. In this talk Rankin will present Phoenix and New York City as two mapping projects that challenge this dichotomy and blur the boundary between natural and social, permanent and temporary and scientific and political.

Rankin is a historian and cartographer at Yale University and the creator of radicalcartography.net. His award-winning maps have been published widely, everywhere from design journals and mapping anthologies to the Best American Infographics series and National Geographic. His work has also appeared in cartography and design exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. His historical work focuses on the history of mapping in the twentieth century. His recent book “After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century” won the Sidney Edelstein Prize for best book in the history of technology. He is currently working on two new books: one on mapping and visual argument and another on the history of environmental visualization.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the College hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at kerry.vondrak@unl.edu.