Five College GIS Day Schedule


All events are on November 8, 2006 at Amherst College: directions and maps.

All events are free and open to the public.

Parking after 4:30 PM is unrestricted. Before that time, you may park in the Alumni Lot at Spring and Seelye Streets on the north end of campus (72° 30' 59" W, 42° 22' 28" N). However, to avoid a parking citation you must e-mail or bring your car information (plate number & state, make, color) to Andy Anderson.


Morning and noon sessions are in Valentine Hall, Mullins/Faerber Rooms (72° 30' 56" W, 42° 22' 22" N).

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

GIS and Demography: Methods, Analysis, Results

  Dr. Ian Gregory, Digital Humanities-Department of History, Lancaster University, UK

A seminar for experienced users of GIS, applicable to history, sociology, economics, et al.

12:00 N – 12:50 PM

Teaching History with Geographic Information Systems

  Prof. Robert M. Schwartz, E. Nevius Rodman Professor of History, Mt. Holyoke College, MA

Discover how GIS can help introduce quantitative methods into history and other subjects.

Afternoon sessions are in Merrill Science Center, in the main lobby on the third floor and in adjacent lecture halls (72° 30' 56" W, 42° 22' 13" N).

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

GIS Poster Session

  Everyone is invited to set up posters demonstrating academic applications of GIS.

Visitors can take a short poster quiz to be included in a drawing to win a door prize, including a GPS receiver!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

GIS and the Exploration of French Society and Culture

  Prof. Joel Goldfield, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, Fairfield University, CT

Learn how students used GIS-based projects to collaborate across multiple disciplines.

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

  Dr. Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence, The National Geographic Society,
and Project Director of the Genographic Project

Roughly sixty thousand years ago our ancestors began to spread out across Africa and throughout the world. Our keynote speaker has mapped this prehistoric journey using cutting-edge genetic research informed by archaeology, linguistics, and climatology.