The Meaning of Maps is next OLLI program

“The Meaning of Maps” with William Morris will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Photo provided.


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – William Morris, a cartographer, will present the next OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program Tuesday, Oct. 16. “The Meaning of Maps” will be presented at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Vt.

The state of cartographic technology in 2018 is radically different than it was even two decades ago. Morris will describe how satellites, the internet, and mobile devices have rewired our present understanding of geography.

Morris is a senior analyst at Faraday Inc., a Middlebury based company, which is an artificial intelligence platform for business-to-consumer customers. They use advanced machine learning techniques to optimize revenue output.

Morris describes his job as “I am a data plumber. My work involves applying the strength of spatial relationships to real-world challenges in the realms of governance, agriculture and environmental conservation.”

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The OLLI series programs are selected with input from the local members and carry varied themes from semester to semester including history, art, music, literature, health, nature, science, and current events.

Programs are held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoons and last about an hour and a half.

Membership for the semester includes nine programs. Nonmembers are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Memberships, as well as single program fees, may be paid at the program.

The following OLLI program will be just one week later Tuesday, Oct. 23, and will be “The Black Bear: Nature’s Voracious Omnivore,” with by one of the group’s favorite presenters, naturalist educator Kurt Valenta.

Brochures have been distributed throughout the area towns at businesses, the local libraries, town halls, and Chamber of Commerce offices. The complete Springfield and statewide program list is available at Choose statewide programs from the menu, and then scroll to Springfield.

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