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Geography scholar to present lecture at WKU on March 19

Dr. Matthew W. Wilson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis, will present Paying Attention, Digital Media, & Community-based Critical GIS on March 19 at WKU.

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

His talk will offer strategies for using digital media and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as tools for understanding and analyzing community development. This is the second event in the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility’s spring 2015 Social Justice Speaker Series, focusing on the theme of Social Justice & Coalition Building.

The presentation will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Downing Student Union, room 3020, with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wilson, co-founded and co-directs the New Mappings Collaboratory, which studies and facilitates new engagements with geographic representation, including work in community-based mapping. Dr. Wilson is also the director of Community Mapshop, a studio which directs mapping resources, as driven by community feedback, towards understanding, analyzing, and representing emergent and persistent spatial tensions. With previous experience teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Dr. Wilson’s current research project focuses on the founding of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics at Harvard in 1965, a catalyzing moment in the advent of the digital map.

Contact: Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, (270) 745-3218

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