February 2009 Archives

Community Mapping Workshop: Feb. 26 and Mar. 12

Warren Roberts, the Libraries' GIS Specialist, will offer two hands-on GIS workshops focused on community mapping.

Thursday, February 26, 9am - Noon
Thursday, March 12, 1pm - 4pm

Honnold/Mudd Library, Keck Learning Room

You are invited to attend either of these GIS workshops, which will emphasize mapping demographics (for any county in the US). Participants will be introduced to basic GIS concepts and guided on where to obtain census information. Each student will learn how to present detailed demographic data in compelling new ways using the GIS tools.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited! Participants involved in the research, study, and involvement of populations will find the tools essential in the analysis of demographics, support of community based grants, examination of where alumni populations reside to support fund raising or to support funding based activities of the population you serve.

A highlight of the workshop will be learning to create custom thematic maps showing detailed variations of the demographics for any given location in the US. Thematic maps allow you to map your community and "shade" the map to show which neighborhoods have the highest concentrations of numerous demographic variables such as poverty, income, race, age, ancestry, educational attainment, etc.

Attendance at a past introduction to GIS session is recommended but not required.

For more information you can email GIS support, or make a reservation online.

During the workshop each participant will

  • Develop a basic understanding of GIS
  • Understand Census terminology and geography
  • Locate and download 1990 & 2000 Census data via the Internet
  • Perform basic quantitative analysis using GIS tools
  • Understand opportunities to perform comparative analysis with other GIS data such as voting history, crime, etc.
Following the workshop each participant will be offered
  • Workshop handouts with step-by-step instructions
  • An ESRI Online Virtual Campus course
  • Links for other resources such as GIS data
This is a hands-on session; all attendees will have access to a PC with Internet access for download.

The Libraries' GIS Specialist will remain after class to answer questions. Seating is limited (16 seats) so registration is recommended but not required. If you are interested in using your own laptop, please arrive early to install GIS software.

Please join us at 4:15 PM, on Wednesday, February 4, in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library, for a Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, a member of Claremont University Consortium.

Undercurrents and Rip Tides in Mormon Studies
Professors Richard and Claudia Bushman, Claremont Graduate University, School of Religion

It can be said that The Church of Latter Day Saints, popularly known as Mormonism, is an American religion, whose tenets were revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1820s on American soil, and as such is tied to American history and culture. In the early stage of a religion, the more scholarly of its adherents study internally the theological core before gradually moving out for the wider view. In the last century, Mormon history writing has gone through a transformation called "The New Mormon History." It represents a new configuration of Mormon intellectuals' relationship to the broader culture. So far it has affected primarily history writing, but there are signs it will spread to other aspects of Mormon cultural production, including theology. Richard and Claudia Bushman - distinguished emeriti Columbia University historians and authors of books on American political and cultural history, as well as books on Mormon themes - were brought to CGU to help start one of the first Mormon Studies programs outside of Utah - and to help foster the new scholarship. The Bushmans will discuss the transformation Mormon Studies is undergoing.

For more information, please contact Adam Rosenkranz.

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