On September 23, Robert Batchelor, Professor of History and Director of Digital Humanities at Georgia Southern, gave the opening talk along with famed historian of cartography Matthew Edney for the Yale and National University of Singapore project Digital Historical Maps of Southeast Asia. The Zoom conference was hosted in Singapore, with a global audience of over 150 people.
Dr. Batchelor discussed the first map collection in Singapore, made during the 1930’s using photostat technology that had been developed right before World War I. During World War II, the Japanese took a copy of Matteo Ricci’s famous world map in Chinese from this collection during the occupation of Singapore, which at the time was only known to exist in London at the Royal Geographical Society and in Rome at the Vatican. The theme of the talk was about what happens to maps when you photograph and now digitize them, and it dovetailed with work coming out of Georgia Southern’s Digital Humanities Lab in tandem with the World Historical Gazetteer at the University of Pittsburgh.
The first program in the GSU History Deptment’s How Pandemics have Changed the World series is Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
This program, “Pandemics: Lessons from History,” features Hongjie Wang (History) and Tim Teeter (History), as well as Leigh Rich (Health Professions) and Fayth Parks (Education). Cathy Skidmore-Hess (History) will moderate.
This year’s volunteer award is presented to Christopher E. Hendricks, who has given much time and passion to the Historic Savannah Foundation. Chris’ commitment to the Davenport House has been unwavering over the past few years.
Chris is an esteemed Professor of History at Georgia Southern University and still has found time to help the Davenport House since the 1990s. He and his mother’s book, Old Southern Cookery, is a tremendous work of historic research, and they have decided to donate the proceeds from the book to HSF.
When he can, Chris always brings his students to the Davenport House. He has overseen many projects and professional internships there, and recently advised on a master’s thesis that has helped the Davenport House better understand its own history with slavery.
Chris is always available to help when asked. His donation of his book and its proceeds is admirable. And for this, we thank him for his commitment to HSF and the work that we do.