The Map Thiefby Michael Blanding Thursday, January 21, 2016—Noon to 1:00 pm State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, Massachusetts State House The January Author Talk at the Massachusetts State Library should be of special interest to geographers. Award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author Michael Blanding, who will be speaking about his recent bookThe Map Thief. In this engrossing book, Blanding delves into the world of the antique map trade and tells the story of E. Forbes Smiley III, a map dealer who stole countless rare maps from libraries and universities around the world. In addition to detailing the downfall of this once esteemed map dealer,The Map Thiefalso reveals the history of the explorers and mapmakers who created the priceless maps that Smiley stole, giving the reader an even better understanding of the great loss to society when such cultural heritage items go missing.
Mr. Blanding’s talk is free and open to the public, and copies of the bookThe Map Thiefwill be available for purchase and signing at the event. Pleaseregister online. (LINK REPAIRED 1/16)
The State Library is located near the top of the State House. In the same area, geographers will be interested to find the Commonwealth's official 50-foot scale -- made of wood installed along a hallway. Arrive early to clear security as you enter the building.
Monday Evening, January 11 9pm-10pm on AM1030 CBS Radio
Bridgewater State University geography professors James Hayes-Bohanan and Vernon Domingo will return to the airwaves with popular talk-radio host and geography enthusiast Dan Rea. This will be the fourth time in recent years that geography has been the focus of an hour-long discussion on Dan Rea's Nightside program.
The program is an opportunity to engage a call-in audience in a discussion of the importance of geographic education, whether it be to promote a better-informed citizenry or a better-prepared workforce.
We know that Dan and many of those who call in are very fond of maps, so despite the limitations of radio, we plan to bring in a few for discussion, and look forward to the calls from the program's vast and varied listening audience.
One example might be this early map of what came to be the International Dateline, which took quite a zig and zag around the Philippines.
The program is timely, as the Massachusetts Legislature considers -- for the third time -- an Act Relative to Geography Education that the MGA has been supporting for several years.
Geographers are especially encouraged to call during the Monday evening broadcast. If you are going to call, please dial early in the hour, as this hour goes by very quickly! The number is 617-254-1030.
Listen on 1030 AM in Massachusetts and throughout much of eastern North America, or listen live via WBZ streaming.