New World Map Unveiled In Clermont, FL

For immediate release:
Contact Kate Larson - 800-736-1293, (Email: seeingmaps@aol.com)

An alternative view of the world will arrive sin Clermont on March 1st, 2003 -- the new Hobo-Dyer Projection World Map. The Citrus Ridge County Library will host a very special map unveiling that day at 10:00 AM: Ward L. Kaiser, an author and publisher, will talk about MAPS: MORE POWERFUL THAN WE KNOW. He will give a guided tour of maps and images that will absolutely stretch your mind! Everyone who attends will get a free copy of the new Hobo-Dyer Map!

The Hobo-Dyer Map is a new world view that is a collaboration among leading cartographers, radical designers, graphic artists, and organization development consultants. Published by ODT, Inc. of Amherst, MA the new Hobo-Dyer map is on-line at www.odt.org (click on NEW MAP RESOURCES).

While the purpose of most maps is to pursue some sort of an agenda, the purpose of the new Hobo-Dyer is to inform the public that every map HAS a hidden agenda. The Hobo-Dyer is an Equal-Area map, like the Peters map that was featured on the hit TV show, West Wing, last year. (Ward Kaiser was, in fact, the person who introduced the Peters map to North America, publishing its first English-language version in 1983.) On West Wing, a fictional group, Cartographers for Social Equality, “freaked out” President Bartlet’s press secretary, C.J. Craig, by flipping the world upside-down and putting south on top.

The Hobo-Dyer map released this fall does one better! Not only is south on top, but the map is centered on the Pacific Ocean. The Hobo-Dyer map is printed on both sides: It is south-up with Australia in the center on one side, with the more traditional north-up (and Africa-centered) on the other. Both images are exactly the same, but side-by-side you can hardly believe it!

Author of the new book, SEEING THROUGH MAPS, Kaiser has experience as a publisher, ecumenical executive, pastor, teacher, and community organizer. "Maps," he points out, "play a major role in all these occupations.” His handbook to the Peters Projection world map, A NEW VIEW OF THE WORLD, is widely used by educators and social activists. Kaiser will be available to sign copies of his books after the event.

Ward’s presentation will include a wide array of stunning images of different ways to see our world. His basic philosophy is: "It takes many points of view to understand the truth.. We can only understand our world if we are willing to look at it from a variety of perspectives." His recent book and the new Hobo-Dyer map, plus years of experience, combine for a powerful program.

Chapter One of Seeing Through Maps: The Power of Images to Shape Our World View can be read on the web at www.diversophy.com/maps.htm. Media kits are available from Kate Larson, 1-800-736-1293. For local information or directions contact John Seery, 877-292-7930. The Citrus Ridge County Library is at 17445 U.S. Route 192 (also known as Space Coast Highway and Irlo W. Bronson Memorial Highway), Clermont.