Maps and Geography: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future

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Program Details

This program is sponsored by the Pollak Library, Department of Geography and the Environment, and the Department of History.

  • Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 (10:00 am - 3:30 pm).
      • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Coffee and tea service
      • 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm: Lunch will be served         
  • Location: Pollak Library, PLN-130
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply).

Program Description


Time: 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Scott Hewitt

Interium University Librarian

Patricia Prestinary

University Archivist

Monsters and Marvels: Iconography and Meaning in Early Modern Maps

Time: 10:15 am- 11:15 am

Using materials from CSUF’s Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography as well as illustrations from other map collections, Dr. Brunelle will discuss “map iconography” (images) in early modern maps. She will explain why pre-modern maps were filled with such images, what they meant, and why they are essential to understanding the purpose of maps and the meaning embedded in them.

Gayle K. Brunelle, Ph.D.
Department of History, California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Brunelle received her Ph.D. in early modern European history and Atlantic world from Emory University. She began researching the history of cartography thanks to an NEH Summer Institute at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The author of three books and over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Brunelle teaches early modern European and world history for the History Department at CSUF.

The Last Time California Left the Rest of the Continent

Time: 11:20 am - 12:20pm

The fun of studying and collecting antiquarian maps is in seeing how man’s perception of his world changed with time. Mapmakers have always been some of the world’s greatest plagiarists; misinformation was copied over and over. The idea of California as an island has a long and somewhat convoluted history. Amazon warriors and the search for pearls by Cortez are part of the story. Sailors enjoying spoofing a naïve Spanish priest also figured heavily in the mix. Bill Warren will try to weave this story into an interesting and amusing discussion of who promulgated this legend, how it was finally put to bed by an Italian Jesuit priest working in Spanish Mexico in the 1690’s, and why that information took some 50 years to finally sink in. He will bring the story to life with images of maps from that period including some from the renowned Roy V. Boswell Collection in the Pollak Library.

Bill Warren
Member, International Map Collectors Society

Bill Warren grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and Pasadena, CA. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1950 and two years later started a career as a manufacturer’s representative handling pumps and engineered products, retiring 40 years later. His interest in maps led him to the California Map Society, where he served as president in 1996-97. He also became editor of the CMS Newsletter, a post he held until 2013. He is a member of the International Map Collectors Society and he and his late wife Jane enjoyed traveling to many corners of the world to attend their International Symposiums. He and partner Barbara Little recently moved into a new retirement community, Monte Cedro, in Altadena. He has a map collection focusing on California and has given many Power-Point presentations on maps.

The Whole World in Your Hand: Maps in the Early 21st Century

Time: 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

From parchment to pixels, maps and map-making have changed dramatically over the centuries. Dr. Carroll will highlight some of these changes brought about by the rapid infiltration of Geospatial Technologies into our lives. The presentation will include live demos and the opportunity for audience members to try out the future of maps for themselves.

John Carroll, Ph.D.
Department of Geography, California State University, Fullerton

Before serving in his current position as Interim Director of Academic Technology, Dr. Carroll spent 9 years as the Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment. He continues to teach courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping. He also directs the GIS Research Center at CSUF. Despite spending his days waist-deep in the latest technology, he has been commuting by bicycle since 1983.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The CSUF Geography Department's Augmented Reality Sandbox is a great hands-on learning tool that gives students the opportunity to create their own landscapes and see how the projection changes. They will be able to see how water flows off mountains and over land and the possible impacts that can have. The "Sandbox" is a great way for students to learn about our physical environment through interaction.

Greg Beringer
Graduate Student, M.A. Geography

Greg Beringer received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 2016 along with being recognized as the department’s Outstanding Undergraduate. Greg is currently in the Geography master’s program at CSUF. His research interests include affordable housing, military geography, water resource management, desalination, and using technology in the classroom.

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Location & Floor Map

This program is being held February 13, 2017 in room PLN-130 located in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.