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Gwen Ottinger, PhD

Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Wins Rachel Carson Prize for her Book, “Refining Expertise”

April 15, 2015
Gwen Ottinger, assistant professor in the Department of Politics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize for la... Read More »
Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph M. Torsella - Lecture at The National Constitution Center

Turning "Us" and "Them" into "We" Again: Former UN Ambassador to Discuss American Community

March 19, 2015
“We the People” are three of the most important words in our political history as Americans – and, arguably, in all of political history. But the American “We” ... Read More »
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Five Things to Know about the Role of 'Place' in Asthma Research

February 24, 2015
A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims that the long-held belief that asthma is more common in urban areas is not acc... Read More »

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  • Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture With Candy Chang

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    6:30 PM-8:30 PM

    Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone


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  • Benjamin Olshin Lecture: Exploring the Mysteries of the 'Marco Polo' Maps

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Disque Hall Room 109 32 South 32nd Street Drexel University Main Campus

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Alumni
    A chronicle entitled Il Milione — later known as The Travels of Marco Polo — recounts the journey in the thirteenth century of this Italian merchant and explorer from Venice to East Asia. While this text would go on to be read by and inspire notable mapmakers and explorers, including Christopher Columbus, scholars have long debated the account’s veracity. Some have argued that Polo never even reached China. A new book, The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps (University of Chicago Press, 2014) reveals new evidence concerning this historical puzzle: a very curious collection of fourteen little-known maps and related documents said to have belonged to the family of Marco Polo himself. In his discussion of his book, historian of cartography Benjamin B. Olshin will offer an analysis of some of these artifacts, as well as a look into the complex nature of the research that these materials demanded — ranging from deciphering peculiar Latin texts to studying centuries-old Chinese legends.
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