The Ghost Map

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is a historical account of the terrifying outbreak of cholera in the summer of 1854 in London and how a pair of interdisciplinary thinkers worked to find a solution to the deadly problem.

The Ghost Map is a riveting historical illustration of the intertwined histories of cholera, cities, and modern scientific inquiry. Yet the ideas and lessons in The Ghost Map are not simply about the nineteenth-century but also our own contemporary "wicked problems" from urban sprawl to bio-terrorism and much more.

2014 Faculty/Staff and Student Awards

KSBN would like to recognize students, staff, and faculty for making significant connections to this year’s common book, The Ghost Map.

For more information, visit the 2014 award page.  

Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series

This lecture series draws upon the collective knowledge of the campus community to help everyone understand more the issues raised in Johnson’s book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World." All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7 pm | Leadership Studies, McVay Family Town Hall

"Mapping Manhattan: Using maps to reveal secrets in our community" presented by Dr. Katherine Nesse

Mapping revealed the likely center of the cholera epidemic in the mid-nineteenth century. Our more sophisticated mapping technology can reveal other hidden truths about our community today. This lecture will present maps about bicycling, food access, business development and we will discuss what we should do with this information.

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