Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 7

May 2006

Steve Behrendt (PhD Wisconsin) is Senior Lecturer in History at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He teaches courses on the worlds of Christopher Columbus, Atlantic history (1600-1850), and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He is author of several articles on the slave trade and co-editor of  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-Rom (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Steve is currently completing projects on Old Calabar (Nigeria) in the 18th century, and surgeons in the British slave trade.

Jens Bornholt is the organizer of the International Map Collectors’ Society Symposium that takes place in Guatemala in February 2007. 

Larry Bowman probably taught his last class at the University of Connecticut last Fall term, which means he has finally retired. He recently returned from a “wonderful three week jaunt to Vietnam and Angkor Wat – great trip.”

Anthony Brandt reports that he remains the general editor of the National Geographic Adventure Classic Series, which now has twenty titles in print. He also is working on a book for Knopf about Sir John Franklin and the history of the Northwest Passage. His selection of Thomas Jefferson’s writings from Paris will be published in late Spring, 2006.

Roy Bridges continues as President of the Hakluyt Society. He hopes to publish an annotated edition of the ‘diary’ of Jacob Wainwright in one of the issues to be published by the Society in 2006. He counts it a great honor to have been invited to address the SHD Conference at Williamsburg in October 2005 and says that he found the conference itself and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the SHD enormously worthwhile and enjoyable. A version of his paper may appear in Terrae Incognitae. He comments that the general quality of the papers and discussions at Williamsburg suggests that our subject is thriving. Professor Bridges is a major contributor to the Oxford Companion to World Exploration.

Kay Brigham wrote: “On the fiftieth anniversary of my Junior Year in Spain with the Smith College Group, I opened an old box of memorabilia marked ‘Smith Group.’ The letters, notes, and sketches from 1955-1956 transported me back to the happiest, most fruitful
time of my youth. These records of my experience in a fascinating foreign country as a nineteen-year-old inquisitive American girl were printed under the title, Up To Our Elbows – a quote from Don Quijote who declared to Sancho Panza that they were about to plunge their hands ‘hasta los codos’ into this thing called adventures.” 

Wesley Brown says that “2005 was a major year for me that saw the International Map Collectors’ Society come to Denver for its annual symposium. I served as Chair of the event, and with a committee of ten members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society, and help from the Denver Public Library, and the Library of Congress, the event was a success. It was six years in planning. I continue with detailed research into mapping of the Gold Rush to Colorado in 1859.”

Gayle Brunelle is spending the 2005-2006 academic year as a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.

David Buisseret will retire from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2006. After that time he will be based at the Newberry Library in Chicago, working on the final stage of the Oxford Companion to World Exploration (for which he is Editor-in-Chief), to which many members of the SHD have contributed. 

Writing from London, England, Tony Campbell says that he is keeping busy in retirement by maintaining and expanding “Map History,” the gateway website on the history of cartography. He updates the website almost daily, and it now includes a “latest news” section, as well as documenting the sad, and recurring stories of map thefts.

Howard Clark writes that he has retired in Houston, TX, but spends his summers in Banff, Alberta.

Timothy Coates is currently working on an extension of his early study on modern crime and criminality in the Portuguese World. This present project is on the imperial prison created in Luanda, Angola in the 1880s which functioned until 1930.

This is from Tom Conley: “Soon to appear will be the translation (real work of Ed Dahl) of Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map (University of Chicago

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