Cartography and East-West Cultural Exchange:

A Series of Programs for Spring 2016

From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth


An international symposium on the history of East-West scientific exchange through the medium of cartography beginning with ancient maps and continuing to the present with the latest technological innovations. Internationally known specialists in cartography and East-West cultural exchange will be invited to share their research, while experts from Google and NASA will discuss the latest technological developments in enriching our knowledge of the world and the cosmos.


Download the symposium program (updated on April , 2016).


Download the abstracts from a special program.


Presented by: Ralph Ehrenberg, Chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Laura Hostetler, EDS-Stewart Endowed Chair at the USF Ricci Institute, Stephen Sandford, formerly the NASA Langley Director for Space Technology and Exploration and now Director of Systems Engineering at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, and Ed Parsons,  Geospatial Technologist of Googl and co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.



Prof. Laura Hostetler, EDS-Stewart Endowed Chair at USF Ricci Institute and Rev. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director of the USF Ricci Institute


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