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“Mapping ‘the Driest Desert on Earth’: A Cartographic History of the Atacama”

October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Atacama map and photoPresented by Dr. Richard Francaviglia, geographer and historian, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

After years of studying hundreds of documents, travel narratives, maps, and photographs of South America’s Atacama Desert, combined with extensive travels throughout the region, Richard Francaviglia has gained a special understanding of this unique landscape, which is the subject of his forthcoming book, Imagining the Atacama Desert.

Join us as Dr. Francaviglia uses maps to tell the story of five centuries of history in this fascinating and mysterious place, widely regarded as “the driest place on earth.”

Free and open to the public. Lecture at 2 p.m., socializing and light refreshments at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 414-229-6282 or email agsl@uwm.edu

Sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin; co-sponsored by the UWM Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies.

Images: (left) Atacama Desert, photo by Isaiah Bowman, 1913; (right) map of Atacama compiled and drawn at the American Geographical Society, 1947.  



October 1, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM