Ward L. Kaiser
Photo credit: Richard W. Gardner

Lectures and
Public Presentations:

  • New York University, Program for Visiting Scholars
  • New Museum for Contemporary Art
  • Smithsonian Institution/Cooper-Hewitt Museum
  • NYC Teachers Federation: professional development program
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Bergen Community College, N.J.
  • Otterbein University/Church of the Master, Amy Lecturer, 2009, 2012
  • Conference on World Mission, Lutheran Church in America, St. Olaf College
  • Monmouth College, commencement speaker
  • National Council for Geographic Education

What People Say:

“The response to your sessions was overwhelmingly enthusiastic…. In light of this, we invite you to return…”
--Howard Dobson, CEO, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
“Participants were wholly enthusiastic … The guidance you provide is invaluable… We look forward to working with you in the future.”
--Dorothy Dunn, Program Coordinator, The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Design
“You are an effective teacher.”
--George Rupp, President, Columbia University

Kaiser has been interviewed on NPR, NBC-TV, Vision TV, CBC-Radio, CBC-TV, Australian National Radio and Radio Benelux as well as local or regional media outlets (print, radio and TV) in Canada and the U.S.

Featured Publications

book iconHow Maps Change Things: A Conversation about the Maps We Choose and the World We Want

This book opens up issues of how maps influence the way we relate to the world and to one another – across the room and across the oceans. It honors the 500th anniversary of Gerhard Kremer, whose Mercator Projection is still the most widely recognized image of the world, and the remarkable contributions of Arno Peters, whose late-20thcentury map has gained unprecedented popularity as well as strident criticism. In addition, the book provides an overview of many other maps that affect our lives.

The print edition has a useful Guide for Group Use.

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book iconSeeing Through Maps: Many Ways to See the World with Denis Wood and Bob Abramms (2006). The authors of this dynamic book challenge the popular world-view by questioning a number of map images and the specific messages they communicate.

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Maps imply a truth, but that truth can be quite skewed depending on the viewpoint of the map creator. This book takes a hard look at truth by carefully inspecting some familiar, and not-so-familiar, map images and exploring their significance.


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bookA New View of the World: A Handbook to the World Map/Peters Projection Since Dr. Arno Peters introduced his map in 1974 there has been a firestorm of debate. Peters was one of the first to assert that maps are unavoidably political. His map claimed to show "Fairness to All Peoples" providing an area accurate portrayal of the world. Today, this equal area map continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch critics. A New View of the World delves into the reasoning and theory used to create this controversial projection. A must-have accessory to the Peters World Map.
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