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When: December 4th from 9:30 - 11:00 A.M. ET.

Description: We often take for granted the information in a map as being entirely factual and objective... but what if there was more to the story? Maps have literally shaped the world around us, yet the historically exclusive agendas embedded in modern conservation maps are rarely acknowledged. As the field of environmental conservation continues to address its history of exclusion and prejudice, it is essential to reexamine the tools through which these powerful biases are perpetuated. 

Join Jacob Freedman, senior at Middlebury College, in an interactive workshop geared toward conservation practitioners. Reflect on the biases inherent in maps today, uncover the origins of many conservation mapping practices, and explore how these practices perpetuate a history of exclusion, prejudice, and unjust environmental narratives. Next, identify concrete ways of making maps more cognizant and representative of diverse human and natural experiences. 

Register here to attend the workshop.

Following the workshop, participants will be invited to join an interview for additional reflections that will be included in Jacob’s Senior Thesis on creating more inclusive conservation mapping practices. All makers and users of maps for environmental conservation are invited to participate! 

Please contact jafreedman@middlebury.edu with any additional questions.

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