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What’s In a Map? (Or How Maps Tell Stories and Shape Our Worldview)

Due to recent changes in the CDC guidelines, this presentation will be held under the tent.

Special summer lecture series in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woodwell Climate Research Center.

Join Greg Fiske, a senior geospatial analyst and chief cartographer at Woodwell Climate Research Center, for an exploration of commonly used tools and techniques for making beautiful maps, as well as common challenges, success stories, and failures, faced over 20 years of making maps for Woods Hole scientists. Maps can distill a story out of complex information and spark conversation. No map is the perfect truth–but ideally a good map is a functional blend of art and science which invites a second look. A well-design map also has the ability to bring people around a table, greasing the wheels of communication and collaboration!

The series will explore the synergies between art and science as a way to communicate important issues surrounding the environment and planetary health while inspiring change and stimulating action. In conjunction with two exhibitions at Highfield, SEAChange: Meditations on Sustainability and Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison, participating artists and scientists will discuss a range of topics, including ocean acidification and coral bleaching, biofuels and the Blue Economy, mapping as an artform and a communication tool, plastics in the ocean, and art as means to amplify science and transform how we learn about the world.

Register online now or give us a call at 508-495-1878, ext. 2

Lecture series is sponsored by the Woods Hole Foundation and the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation.
Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison is a collaboration between Highfield Hall & Gardens and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  The exhibition is sponsored by the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, The Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Woods Hole Foundation.

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