Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, and University Honors Program Present
Margaret Pearce: Cartographer
Moderated by Michael Corey: Geospatial, Technical and Data Lead, Mapping Prejudice
The Land-Grab Universities project presents archival evidence and historical narrative through multiple points of entry: writing, cartographic design, interactive web map, photography, and a large, open database. Cartographer Margaret Pearce will share how the maps and graphs are designed to amplify the project at multiple scales, consider other ways cartographic language collaborates for truth-telling, and imagine how cartography might contribute to what can come next—to keep accountability on the table.
ABOUT THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES
The University of Minnesota Spotlight Series is a collaborative partnership between the Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, and University Honors Program to present lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and other events throughout the academic year around timely topics of interest. The six-part 2022-23 series will focus on how data—their collection, analysis, and the research questions that rely on them—connect to the deeply personal lived experiences of individual human beings and to the human condition at large. Events are Thu 3:30-5:00 pm CT and may be attended in Northrop’s Best Buy Theater or online via Zoom. Q&A sessions will follow each event.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Margaret Pearce is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member and cartographer living on Penobscot homelands in Maine. She sees cartography as a form of writing whose secrets and possibilities she devotes her life to learning. She recently collaborated with Ho-Chunk Nation and Miami Tribe to map their Removals for the Field Museum, and with the Land-Grab Universities team at High Country News to map land-grant university Morrill parcel responsibilities, for which they received a George Polk award among others. She holds a PhD in geography and was a geography professor for 15 years, teaching courses in cartographic history, theory, and practice. Margaret Pearce is a 2022 National Geographic Wayfinder Award recipient.
Michael Corey is the Geospatial, Technical and Data Lead / Associate Director for Mapping Prejudice. Michael is in charge of developing and maintaining Mapping Prejudice's technical workflows, which use crowdsourcing to identify racially restrictive housing covenants on properties in Minnesota and beyond. Before transitioning to public history, Michael spent 20 years as a journalist and data journalist at the Star Tribune, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Des Moines Register. His journalism spanned zoning and segregation, mortgage disparities, the U.S.-Mexico border fence system, human-induced earthquakes, and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He is also a graduate student in the University of Minnesota's Heritage Studies and Public History program.
- Land-Grab Universities Project | High Country News
- Studio 1:1 | Margaret Pearce
- Five Questions on Data and Indigenous Place Names with Margaret Pearce
- Margaret Peace | Pulitzer Center
- Margaret Pearce | National Geographic
- Mapping Prejudice
Image Credit: Detail from Wąąkšik huunųp homąnįra wagųsiraregi higi hįnįhawi / We have been here since the beginning of time, by Josie Lee, Bill Quackenbush, and Margaret Pearce. Explore project.