Cartography is a very broad subject with many diverging themes. In 2020, the Miami International Map Fair presents three experts speaking on a wide range of topics. Join us for these fascinating and informative presentations.
Todd T. Turrell
Topic: Historical and Modern Mapmaking in the Bahamas
Saturday, 11 am
Todd T. Turrell is an ocean engineer living in Naples, Florida. He has spent his career along the waterfront of Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean with a keen interest in natural history and the dealings of man along the coast. Todd’s degree in was earned from Florida Atlantic University where he taught flying, and his M.B.A was achieved from Nova Southern. He has flown extensively around Florida, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas for over 40 years as a part of his work in and around the sea. Todd is an avid boater, pilot, diver and collector of nautical antiques and maps of the Caribbean.
In 1988 he founded Turrell, Hall & Associates, a marine and environmental consulting firm specializing in waterfront and environmentally sensitive sites around the world. Todd is the author of two other books; Naples Waterfront, Changes in Time (2009) and A History of The Bahamas Through Maps (2015). He is also the founder of Island Map Publishing LLC, a modern map-making company.
Topic: Persuasive Cartography: Why Does it Matter? How Does it Work?
Saturday, 3 pm
PJ Mode practiced law for more than 40 years in Washington and New York. Since retiring in 2013, he has devoted full time to his long-time interest in old maps. He focuses on collecting, researching and writing about “persuasive cartography,” maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs – to send a message – rather than to communicate geographic information. His collection is going to Cornell University, and PJ’s website at persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu describes the subject and the collection, with links to high-resolution images and detailed notes on over 800 maps.
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Photo Credit: Elaine Mode
Ronald E. Grim, Ph.D.
Topic: Mapping of the Nation in the 19th Century
Sunday, 2 pm
Dr. Grim retired in May 2018 as Curator of Maps for the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library. He assumed this position in 2005 after working 33 years for the Federal government with the cartographic collections at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. When he retired from the Library of Congress, he was Specialist in Cartographic History, where he served as Curator of the Geography and Map Division’s rare map, atlas and globe collections and Executive Secretary of the Philip Lee Phillips Society, a friends and support group for the Division. He serves as Book Review Editor for Imago Mundi, the international journal for the history of cartography, and has been an active member of the Washington and Boston Map Societies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in historical geography from the University of Maryland.
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