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Seminary to launch book on how maps change the world
Oct 9/13| For Immediate Release
Mark W. Harris, Director, Leadership in Ministry
Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
WATERLOO – Waterloo Lutheran Seminary will host a book launch for Ward Kaiser’s recently published work, How Maps Change Things: A Conversation About the Maps We Choose and the World We Want, on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Keffer Chapel.
In How Maps Change Things, Kaiser takes a passionate view of how maps illustrate and influence the significant paths humans pursue. The book examines maps as “change agents,” reflecting intentions and setting agendas by stating who has power and resources, and who does not.
Rather than looking for definitive answers, Kaiser focuses on asking thought-provoking questions, such as: What does our world, through the view of maps, really look like and what does the perspective (or bias) of the viewer mean to the map and its view? Are all maps simply propaganda for the hidden agenda of the mapmaker? What is the world we get and what is the world we want, and who cares and why? What were Gerardus Mercator, Arno Peters and other mapmakers setting out to do with each of their creations?
Kaiser is an author, publisher, historian and pastor for the United Church in Canada. He was instrumental in bringing the Peters Equal Area Map to North America, and has been leading the discussion of what maps mean and the power of maps in framing human activities. In 1968, he won Wilfrid Laurier University’s Alumnus of the Year award for “outstanding contributions to education, to Canada and to the church.” Kaiser is a native of Waterloo Region.
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is an affiliated school of Wilfrid Laurier University, located at the corner of Albert and Bricker streets, on the southwest corner of Laurier’s Waterloo campus.