American Geographical Society Library



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AGSL Events and Exhibits

Events Exhibits
Academic Adventurers Series AGSL Exhibits
Maps & America Current Exhibits
GeoFocus Academic Adventurers Exhibits
GIS Day Map Society of Wisconsin Meetings
Other Events
Cheryl E. Leonard presents
Harold Mayer Lecture


UWM's Academic Adventurers Series

UWM's Academic Adventurers is a continuing series of informal Friday afternoon programs which give members of the UWM community the opportunity to hear of their colleagues adventures abroad and afield.

Tea and talk afterwards iscourtesy of the Friends of Golda Meir Library. All programs are held in the AGSL and are free and open to the public. For more information or to arrange for special needs, call 414-229-6282.

Fall 2013 Academic Adventurers:

Woonsup Choi, Assistant Professor, UWM Department of Geography, "Restoration of Small Waterways in Seoul, Korea .”
Friday, September 27, 2013, 3:00pm


Spring 2014 Academic Adventurers:

Frederick Nelson, Adjunct Professor, UWM Department of Geography and AGS Councilor, “Many are Cold, but Few are Frozen: Permafrost and Life in the North.”
Friday, January 31, 2014, 3:00pm

Tim Hathaway, Assistant Director for China Initiatives, Center for International Education, “Falling In and Out of Love With China: An American Voice in China’s Print Media.”
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:00pm

Margaret Fraiser, Associate Professor, UWM Department of Geosciences, “A Global Geologic Exploration of life after Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction.”
Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:00pm


A list of past Academic Adventurers lecturers is available for viewing.

To receive email updates about Academic Adventure lectures, send email to with the subject : AA updates.


Maps & America: The Arthur Holzheimer Lecture Series

Held in the spring of each year in the AGSL on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, the Maps & America Lecture Series was inaugurated by the noted cartographic historian, Brian Harley, in 1990. Since its inception, the lecture series has been generously sponsored by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer of the Chicago area. Over the years, the series has featured many of the leading figures in the field of map history and provided a multifaceted survey of this rapidly developing field.

2014 Lecture:

Michel Oudijk, and Sebastián van Doesburg, both of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México “The Ixtepeji Scroll: Mapping the Cultural Landscape of a Zapotec Noble Lineage.” (Poster)

Thursday, April 10, 6:00 pm
Reception at 5:30 pm



List of speakers from the Maps & America series - 1990-2013.


GeoFocus: The Edward Wilkommen Geology & Geography Lecture Series.

This year marks the sixth annual lecture in a new series held in the AGSL. Sponsored by Edward Wilkommen, the GeoFocus lecture series brings distinguished speakers to UWM for presentations related to geology and geography.

2013 Lecture:

Joanne Kluessendorf, Director, Weis Earth Sciences Museum, UW Fox Valley, and Donald G. Mikulic, Senior Paleontologist, Illinois State Geological Survey, “The Ledge, the Lake, and the Limestone: How the Niagara Escarpment Impacted the Stone Industry and the Maritime Development of Lake Michigan.”

Thursday, November 21, 6:00pm
Reception at 5:30pm



List of speakers from the GeoFocus series - 2008-2012.



Map Society of Wisconsin Meetings

The Map Society holds periodic meetings at the AGSL usually featuring a presentation accompanied by a related exhibit drawn from the Library. Socializing and refreshments precede each meeting.


"Marginalia in cARTography: Exploring the Edges of Maps"
Presentation by Dr. Sandra Saenz-Lopez Perez,
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid, Spain
March 2, 2014 Click here for flyer

Light refreshments and socializing at 1:30 pm, presentation begins at 2:00 pm In the AGS Library
3rd floor, east wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library building
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

"Lost on the Lady Elgin"
Presentation by Valerie van Heest,
Michigan-based author and explorer
SUNDAY, March 16, 2014 Click here for flyer

Light refreshments and socializing at 12:30 pm, presentation begins at 1:00 pm
3920 N. Murray Ave.
Shorewood, WI 53211
Free parking in lot east of library building & on adjacent streets


For more information on the Map Society of Wisconsin see the AGSL Affiliations page. To become a member, contact the AGSL at (414)-229-6282 or email us.

Membership Announcements and Form are also available here.



GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Day is a yearly event held on the second Wednesday in November during Geography Awareness Week. Join us in November for vendor presentations, guest speakers, free workshops, a map gallery, tours of the AGS Library, and more. Visit UWM's GIS Day web site for more information.


Other Events

Harold Mayer Lecture, Department of Geography's annual lecture held in the AGSL each fall and spring. For more information see the Department of Geography's Colloquium web site.


Cheryl E. Leonard presents music and multimedia works inspired by polar environments and ecosystems. April 16, April 17 and April 18. More more information visit our Flickr page




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The AGSL periodically displays materials from its holdings.  These exhibits usually follow some theme, and can include a variety of materials such as maps, charts, atlases, photographs, realia, etc. They generally are on display within the AGSL on the third floor, East wing of the Golda Meir Library.


Current AGSL Exhibit

In conjunction with this year's Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture, an exhibit on Mexico, focusing particularly on the state of Oaxaca where the AGS Library’s rare 17th century Mexican document, the Ixtepeji Scroll, is from.  Books, maps and atlases from the AGS Library, dating from the 16th century to the present,  are on display.  April 10 – June 20, 2014.


Academic Adventurers Exhibits

Shortly before Academic Adventurers lectures and for about a week following the lecture, there is a corresponding exhibit.  These exhibits contain a variety of materials related to the theme of the Academic Adventurer lecture.

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