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K-State Today

October 23, 2014



Gibson presents on city planning, 'The Ghost Map' as part of Faculty Lecture Series

By Karin Westman

Johnson's The Ghost Map

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Huston Gibson, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning, will present on city planning and the 2014 common book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World."

Gibson's lecture "What's So Important About Cities?" will be at 7 p.m. in the McVay Family Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building. It is free and open to the public.

Gibson will explore the connections between the "The Ghost Map" and city planning. He will discuss why cities are important, particularly exploring some of the main opportunities and challenges facing cities today — how and why they developed, how they are organized and their primary functions.

Gibson's lecture is the second in a four-part series, "Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series." The lecture series draws upon the collective knowledge of the campus community to help everyone understand more about the issues raised in Johnson's book.

The series will conclude with presentations by Katherine Nesse, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning, on Nov. 18 and by Steven Higgs, associate vice president for research and research director for the Biosecurity Research Institute, on Jan. 28, 2015.

For more information about the lecture series, Johnson's book, and the K-State Book Network, visit the K-State Book Network website.