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Mapping Stories of Place

UMD Professor David Syring in front of a sign that says "Geography"
September 19, 2019

David Syring, Professor of Anthropology, will share his work in participatory media making, including digital story maps in Duluth.

On Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda, there will be something for everyone in this engaging exploration of how we use modern, digital geography to deepen our understanding of people, events and landscapes through three short presentations, including special guest Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri.

David Syring, professor of Anthropology, UMD: Cultures of Place: Digital Tools for Communicating Human Experiences. David will share his work in participatory media making, including digital story maps in Duluth, Minn.

Dan Miller, Science and Operations Officer, NOAA-NWS: Understanding of Historical Weather Events using GIS.  Dan will present a  walk through the history of operational weather radar technology and how new techniques are completing the story of major weather events such as the 1999 BWCAW blowdown and the 1965 Fridley tornado.

Joseph Kerski, Education Manager, Esri. Teaching and Learning with GeoTechnologies:  Essential to Education, Essential for the Planet. Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski as he explores why spatial thinking through geotechnologies matters to education and society.

Light appetizers will be available one half-hour before the program begins at 6 p.m.

Hosted by U-Spatial@UMD, UMD Program in Geography and UMD libraries
For more information, please contact Stacey Stark at

Learn more about UMD's Department of Geography & Philosophy
Learn more about UMD's Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology