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Empowering Maptivists: Using Maps & Data to Examine Social Issues in the Humanities Classroom

map of Holyoke
Residential security map of Holyoke and part of the city of Chicopee, Mass from the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center’s “Mapping Inequality” collection

Maps are instruments of power and can affect our understanding of issues and data depending on who is telling the story. It is our job as map consumers and educators to think critically about what maps are showing us (and what they aren’t). In Empowering Maptivists, course participants will explore the unique power of maps to make sense of the world around us. The course will provide clear pathways for helping students explore issues in their own communities and use spatial understanding to advocate for change.
This course has been designed with the generous support of the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.

Professional Development Hours

Fall/Spring six-week course: 35
Summer one-week course: 25

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Registration fee: $125

Fall Session 1: September 12–October 28
Fall Session 2: November 7–December 16

Sample Activities

  • Maps As Tools To Address Social Issues
  • The Racialization of Space
  • Exploring Environmental Justice Through Data
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