Current and Upcoming Events
Due to concerns arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, our March 2020 events are postponed until further notice. We will work with the presenters to arrange talks at a future date once concerns dissipate. Stay tuned!
Monday, March 16, 2020 | When Measurements Were Monuments: Emanuele Lugli on his revolutionary new book The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness
What measurements did architects, geographers, and politicians use to construct the cities, the roads, and the maps of premodern Italy? How were they made? Who had access to them and who didn’t? In this talk, Emanuele Lugli, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, will explore an overlooked period in the history of metrological knowledge during which standards were not kept in the safes of scientific academies but installed in the open. As he argues in his new “groundbreaking study,” The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness (Chicago University Press, 2019), such displays reveal the curious and much overlooked duplicity of measurements, which rather than being taken as mere descriptors of the real, ought to be seen as powerful molds of ideas, affecting our notions of what we consider similar, accurate, and truthful. Come to see measurement standards in a whole new way and learn about how they shaped space and its representations.
3:15pm: Center Opens
3:30-4:30pm: Talk by Emanuele Lugli
5:00pm: Center Closes
Dr. Emanuele Lugli is an expert in the history of measurements, urbanism, and cartography. He has written two books, a history of the metric system in Italy and The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness, the focus of this talk. With Dr. Joan Kee (University of Michigan) he has also edited a volume on scale in art, the first of its kind. Besides his scholarly research (on questions of labor, precision, and the reach of intellectual networks), he writes for magazines such as Vogue and Slate.
The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration. Please register here.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Jo Mora: Pictorial Maps and Beyond: A Talk with Peter Hiller
Peter Hiller, the Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator, has been enamored with the art of Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon Mora’s cartes (maps) in the mid 1990's - to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo published in October 2019 by the Book Club of California.
Hiller's immediate intrigue arose from his amazement at Jo Mora's creative versatility and the outstanding quality of Mora's artistic efforts. From pictorial maps, book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, printmaking and writing, Mora's artistic talents were boundless. After growing up on the east coast, Mora ventured west to explore what he considered to be the changing west of the cowboys and Indians he was so fascinated with as a child. Jo's later life centered around his artistic depicting of the history of California, his family and his abounding creative abilities which enabled him to provide food, clothing and shelter for them.
Now retired, Peter taught art and photography to children and occasionally adults, for almost 40 years, most of which were in Carmel, California where he lives with his wife and their two boys who grew up with them before they flew the coop.
2:45 pm: Center Opens
3.00-3.30: Pop Up Exhibit of Jo Mora maps
3:30-4:30 pm: Talk by Peter Hiller
5:00 pm: Center Closes
The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration. Please register here.
- February 10, 2020 Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data. Learn how to make maps, charts, and diagrams people can believe in with data storyteller RJ Andrews. For more information please visit this page.
- December 10, 2019 Was Leonardo da Vinci's World Map the First to Name America? A Talk with Christopher Tyler. For more information please visit this page.
- December 5-6, 2019 Fantastic Futures 2019 Conference Workshop and Unconference. For more information please visit this page.
- November 13, 2019 GISDay@Stanford 2019. For more information visit this page.
- November 8, 2019 Primary Source Symposium Map Session. For more information visit this page.
- October 29, 2019 Linking the Past, Forging the Future: A Symposium on Chained Bindings in Forms Old and New. For information visit this page.
- October 25, 2019 Oliver Lewis: Maps as Mirrors and Methods of Colonialism in Hawai'i: California Map Society Essay Competition Winner Presentation. For more information visit this page.
- October 22, 2019 North America: A Cartographic Odyssey: A Talk with Anton Thomas. For more information visit this page.
- October 10-12, 2019 Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography 2019: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography. For more information visit this page.
- May 30, 2019 Murals of Tibet: A talk with Photographer Thomas Laird. For more information visit this page.
- May 23, 2019 Book Launch with Thomas Mullaney: The Chinese Deathscape. For more information visit this page.
- May 10, 2019 California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Annual Lecture. For more information visit this page.
- April 25, 2019, Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain | Exhibit Opening and Symposium of talks | Exhibition dates April 25 - September 30, 2019. For more information visit this page.
- April 13, 2019, California Map Society Northern California Spring Conference. For more information visit this page.
- April 11, 2019, City Models from Panstereorama to the Present, a talk with Patrick Ellis. For more information visit this page.
- March 6, 2019, Talk with Betsy Mason: All over the Map. For more information visit this page.
- March 4, 2019, Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Featuring the 66-foot-long Judah Map and talks by Richard White and Hilton Obenzinger.For more information visit this page.
- February 14-15, 2019, Conference on 'Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900' For more information visit this page.
- February 13, 2019, Talk with Chet Van Duzer: New Research on Urbano Monte's 1587 World Map. For more information visit this page.
- December 6, 2018, Dr. Ed Lu: Charting the High Frontier of Space. For more information visit this page.
- November 6th, 2018, Mapping Activism. For more information please visit this page and explore the Activism@Stanford exhibit.
- November 5th, 2018, Panel Discussion: Nature in the City Map. For more information please visit this page.
- October 24th, 2018, Drawing a continent by hand: a pictorial map of North America. For more information please visit this page.
- October 18th, 2018, Historical Atlas of Hasidism by Professor Marcin Wodziński. For more information please visit this page.
- April 24th, 2018, Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium. For more information please visit this page.
- April 5th, 2018, California Map Society Annual Talks and Essay Competition Winner. Men, Myths, and Maps by Imre Demhardt; and Enlightened cartography: Mapping Imperial Russia by Ken Neff.
For more information visit this page.
- March 15th, 2018, Exemplars of Cartography through maps of the Holy Lands. For more information explore the digital collection in Seachworks.
- March 5th, 2018, Student Activism at Stanford: Map Launch. For more information explore the Activism@Stanford exhibit.
- February 23, 2018, Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587. For more information visit this page.
- December 7, 2017, Petr Pridal Talk: Old Maps Online, GIS, and Cutting-Edge Technology. For more please visit this page.
- November 15, 2017, GIS Day. For more, please visit this page.
- Asian Representations and Constructions of Space
- May 10, 2018, Maps and Ships: Maritime Trade in the China Seas from the 16th to 18th Centuries. For more information visit this page.
- March 15, 2018, Visualizing Time and Space through Foreign Eyes in Medieval China: From the Śārdūlakarṇāvadāna to Amoghavajra’s Xiuyao jing. For more information visit this page.
- February 12, 2018, Illuminating the World before 1492: China, the Islamic World, and the Cross-Cultural Mapping of Asia; for more information visit this page.
- October 12, 3pm-5pm; Eric Huntington (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford): "Frames of Scale and Geo-Spatial Transformations in the Buddhist Maṇḍala”. For more, visit this page.
- October 26, 10am-12pm; Jon Felt (Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University): "The Empire and the Ecumene: Regionalism After the Han Empire" For more, visit this page.
- November 27, 10am-12pm; a Joint session with Kären Wigen (Professor of History, Stanford University) and D. Max Moerman (Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, Columbia University): "Imagining 'Asia': Foreign and Native Worldviews in Constructions of Early Modern Japanese Cartography”. For more, please visit this page.
- November 10, 2017, Time in Space: Representing Time in Maps. For further information, visit this website.Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography, October 19-21, 2017. For more more information, go to the website here.
- May 22, 2017, 9 am - 12.30 pm: "If You Weren't" is a symposium of talks, games, discussions on roles of alternate and augmented reality, in conjunction with the book: Alternate Reality Games and the Cusp of Digital Gameplay. Free, but registration required. Please Visit this page for details.
- May 20th, 2017, 8.30 am - 9 pm: California Map Society Meeting (One Day Conference, including map talks): Registration and fees. Please visit this page for details.
- May 4th, 2017, 6 pm: Essay Competition Winner + Richard Brown and Paul Cohen Talk: Free, but registration required. Please Visit this page for details.