AAG 2017 Boston Featured Theme — Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography and the AAG

AAG 2017 Boston — Featured Theme

Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography and the AAG

This special theme will feature 50 sessions with more than 250 presentations at the intersection of human rights and geography and will build on the AAG’s decade-long initiatives in this area. Speakers from leading international human rights organizations, academia, government, and NGOs will address human rights challenges around the world.

  • In the keynote plenary, “A Continuing Conversation with Noam Chomsky,” Noam Chomsky will engage in a conversational interview with AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions following the interview. In addition, Chomsky will receive the 2017 AAG Atlas Award, the association’s highest honor. Be sure and add to your calendar this important keynote session scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 5:20 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Hynes Convention Center.
  • Another high-profile Human Rights session, “International Human Rights Priorities: Featured Perspectives,” features panelists Terry Rockefeller, Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA; Michael Posner, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department; Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; Jessica Wyndham, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program; Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International and Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, American Association of Geographers. This session is scheduled on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Room 103, on the Plaza level of the Hynes Convention Center.
  • Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will deliver a featured talk on “Advancing Science in the Public Arena,” on Thursday, April 6, from 11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hynes Convention Center.
Noam Chomsky, Audrey Kobayashi, Doug Richardson, Jessica Wyndham, Tawanda Mutasah, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, James Hansen and Colette Pichon Battle


Organizing Committee: Douglas Richardson, Chair (AAG), Sheryl Beach (University of Texas), Jessica Wyndham (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Audrey Kobayashi (Queen’s University)

View the full list of sessions within this featured theme.

You can easily add sessions and events of interest to your schedule in the AAG Mobile App or in your online program.