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Apologies for re-posting, the Monday Map Lunch with Dr. Katherine Parker is Monday, June 27th, at 12:00 PM.

All are welcome to join the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education for a conversation with Dr. Katherine Parker, on Monday, June 27th, at 12:00 PM. Dr. Parker will present the topic, "European Geographic Debates About the Pacific in the Mid-Eighteenth Century," to be followed by an informal Q&A moderated by Dr. Matthew Edney.

Due in large part to the fame of the Anson circumnavigation (1740-44) and even more to the reception of its bestselling voyage account (1748), the late 1740s and 1750s witnessed a reassessment of Pacific geographic knowledge by mapmakers, editors, and intellectuals across Europe, as well as government officials and naval officers. Via an investigation of other voyages destined for the South Seas and the discussions about Pacific geography by mapmakers and savants, this talk will show how the Pacific remained a physical space whose image was hotly contested while simultaneously serving as an intellectual arena in which to play out personal and political disagreements. 

This event will be presented on Zoom and tickets are limited to the first 90 registrants. This event is free and open to the public.

To register for this event, visit

About the Speaker
Katherine Parker, Ph.D., is the Research Officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. She serves as the Administrative Editor of the Hakluyt Society, as the Book Reviews Editor of H-Maps, and as a Trustee of the International Society for the History of the Map. Based in London, she teaches at Queen Mary University of London.

About the Series
The Monday Map Lunch Series will take place from 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM on the last Monday of the month (with the exception of holidays), and will run through June, 2022.  Each month scholars and practitioners from near and far will share their current endeavors in an informal (Zoom) environment with plenty of time for a robust Q&A session.