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AGSL Lectures, Exhibitions and Other Events

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A Previously Unknown and Unexplored Land Mass: Looking For (and Laughing At) the Midwest”

Presented by:

Amanda Murphyao, PhD Candidate School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

The Midwest is a region that is difficult to define.  What states are included?  Does the idea of the Midwest change over time?  What does it mean to be Midwestern?  As part of her doctoral research into “carto-caricatures,” Amanda Murphyao (a 2019 AGS Library Research Fellow) has explored the varied cartographic representations and geographic definitions of the Midwest.  Using examples from atlases, popular culture, and political cartoons, Amanda will address the question: what is the Midwest?

Join us at 1:30 for socializing & light refreshments before the talk.

Free and open to the public; join us for a display of related materials from the AGS Library and light refreshments before the talk!

The talk will be held in the AGSL, located on the third floor east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

For more information about the AGSL, email or call 414-229-6282.


The AGS Library hosts a number of lecture series, events and exhibits throughout the year. To receive email updates about any of our lectures, send an email to with the subject : lectures & exhibits updates.

Maps & America: The Arthur Holzheimer Lecture Series

Academic Adventure Series

Map Society of Wisconsin

WM Department of Geography Lectures


Each academic year the AGS Library hosts the UWM Geography Department’s colloquium from 2:30-4:00pm on Friday afternoons. For more information see the Department of Geography’s Colloquium web site.

Harold and Florence Mayer Lecture Series

This lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Geography and held in the AGS Library in the fall and spring. It is made possible by an endowment from Harold and Florence Mayer. Harold Mayer (1916 – 1994) was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and one of the leading scholars in the field of urban geography in the twentieth century. He specialized in Urban and Transport Geography of North America with a focus on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia. For more information see the Department of Geography’s web site.