FINAL PAPER-What is a map?

Walking into this seminar in the beginning of our very first college semester, there was a general sense of confusion as to how we would be able to find something related to maps to talk about for an entire span of roughly 15 weeks. We were cartographic amateurs, uncertain...
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Reflecting on Turchi’s “Plus Ultra”

As we wrap up our time with Turchi this semester, I realized, in reading this last chapter of his book that after all of the discussions and in-depth analysis and critique on the various aspects of cartography that we have done in class, I am not as averse to...
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Writing Portfolio Reflection

Reading back through my writing portfolio, I am stunned by how long ago so much of my writing seems to have been created. That trip to the Allentown fairgrounds, back in the very first couple of days of the semester, in fact, only a couple of days into my...
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The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican

I travelled to Rome over Thanksgiving break with my family and upon touring the Vatican, was excited to see that one of the great halls there was called the Gallery of Maps which portrays Italy through a successive series of cartographic depictions. Here is what the informational pamphlet said...
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Analyzing and interpreting purpose in war-time maps FINAL DRAFT

Historically, the subtleties of war have been scrutinized to try and piece together a larger portrait of the blend of the tensions that led to the bubbling over of relations and the aftershocks that may have reverberated in some combination of political, economic, and social circles. Understanding the approach...
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Analyzing and interpreting purpose in war-time maps FIRST DRAFT

Historically, the subtleties of war have been scrutinized to try and piece together a larger portrait of the blend of the tensions that led to the bubbling over of relations and the aftershocks that may have reverberated in some combination of political, economic, and social circles. Understanding the approach...
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Reflecting on Wood’s “Indigenous Mapping”

In Wood’s piece on indigenous mapping, I was fascinated to read about how it was that the movement for portrayal of indigenous territories on widely published maps came to be so widespread. He writes that this was largely due to the increasing support of important financial contributors such as...
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Reflecting on the New York Public Library

Walking up the grand marble stairs of the library past the two great lions sitting out front, I was struck by the immensity of the New York Public Library. It is immediately clear that the Allentown Public Library and Trexler Library do not even hold a candle to the grandiosity...
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Reflecting on Philadelphia Inquirer gerrymandering article

While I have been following the issue of gerrymandering both nationwide and more specifically, locally to me in Pennsylvania, it was very interesting to take another look at this divisive topic from the lens of how we have been considering maps over the past couple weeks. Although it seems...
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