2014 Oct 7: Vision in History

There's a DH angle in this one, for those of us in Saskatoon:

The Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, and the Historical GIS Laboratory are pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Dr. Anne Kelly Knowles, Professor of Geography, Middlebury College. She will present the University of Saskatchewan’s bi-annual Bilson Lecture. Dr. Knowles’ presentation, titled “Vision in History,” will take place:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reception at 6 p.m. and Lecture at 7 p.m.
Battleford Ballroom, Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon

Vision has influenced many important historical decisions, whether literally – what people could or could not
see – or metaphorically, what people imagined or wanted to believe. This lecture examines the crucial role of vision at
two junctures in American history. It reveals how antebellum entrepreneurs’ vision of industrial greatness fell afoul of
geographical reality, and how General Robert E. Lee’s view of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg shaped his
command decisions. Both studies are built around the visual methodology of historical GIS.

For more information contact: Geoff Cunfer, geoff.cunfer@usask.ca