These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, then archived on YouTube. Please Register (bottom of screen on mobile devices, to the right on desktop computers) to receive a link sent to your email, or follow the links provided here.
The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in BENDING LINES: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opens with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on May 27.
Viewers are invited to explore the online show and listen to Angles on Bending Lines: Curator Conversations, a series of interactive events hosted by Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson, and featuring guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content.
The second talk in this series will air on Wednesday, June 3 at 1pm with “Twisted Data: Gerrymandering, GIS, and Visual Information.” Curator Garrett Dash Nelson talks with Alasdair Rae, Professorial Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield (UK), who created a chart of gerrymandered congressional districts featured in the exhibition.
These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, then archived on YouTube. Please register to receive links sent to your email, or follow the links provided here.
Alasdair Rae is a Professorial Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. His work focuses on the manipulation, analysis and visualisation of large geographic datasets in relation to urban planning, transport, policy and land issues. More generally, he is a proponent of open data and in his work seeks to make use of the wide range of new datasets that have become available in recent years to advance knowledge in policy-relevant areas. His work has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including The Economist, Huffington Post, CityMetric, WIRED, The Guardian, The Royal Statistical Society magazine and the BBC. He tweets at @undertheraedar and blogs at www.statsmapsnpix.com.
Garrett Dash Nelson is the Curator of Maps & Director of Geographic Scholarship at the Leventhal Map & Education Center.
Angles on Bending Lines: Curator Conversations will continue weekly:
Curator Garrett Dash Nelson welcomes guest Judith Tyner, Professor Emerita of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. Tyner coined the term that gives this segment its title; she will discuss how maps are used to influence opinions and beliefs. Persuasive Cartography will air live on Wednesday, June 10, 1pm. The conversation will be recorded and available to view online following the event.
Curator Garrett Dash Nelson leads a lively discussion with map collector and researcher PJ Mode, whose love for old and unusual maps of the world led to a fascination with unconventional maps whose purpose is not fact-based, but more persuasive. What You See Is What You Get - Or Is It? will air live on Wednesday, June 17 at 1pm. The conversation will be recorded and available to view online following the event.