Newsletter – July 2018
Toddlers and Tears on the Texas Border
By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
This column begins with special thanks and recognition of our outgoing President Dr. Derek Alderman, and outgoing Past President Dr. Glen MacDonald. Please join me in recognizing their leadership in moving the association forward on so many important fronts, ranging from civil rights to environmental security. We must carry this momentum forward from the strong foundations they established, and I am honored to take up the baton as your new AAG president… In my first presidential column, I address a matter of human rights and global understanding, to which geographers have much to contribute.
Registration Opening Soon for #aagDC
The 2019 AAG Annual Meeting takes place from April 3-7, 2019. Participants and attendees can start to register for the meeting at the end of July. Please check your email in the coming days for an important announcement regarding the 2019 Annual Meeting fee structure. And remember, register early for the best rates!
Annual Meeting Hotel Discount Rates Now Available
The official #aagDC conference hotels are now open for reservations. As you prepare to travel to Washington, DC, explore the Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham – the co-headquarters for the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting. The Marriott and Omni are conveniently located directly across the street from each other in DC’s Woodley Park neighborhood. #aagDC will overlap with DC’s renowned Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts more than a million tourists each year. Because of this, AAG has reserved a block of discounted rooms for Annual Meeting attendees.
“Focus on Washington, DC and the Mid Atlantic” is an ongoing series curated by the Local Arrangements Committee to provide insight on and understanding of the geographies of Washington, DC and the greater Mid Atlantic region in preparation for the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting.
American Indians of Washington, D.C., and the Chesapeake
Become familiar with the Washington, DC and Mid Atlantic region of the US before you visit for the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting with monthly articles in “Focus on Washington, DC and the Mid Atlantic.” This month, hear from Doug Herman, senior geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian. Herman reflects on the cultures indigenous to the geographic area surrounding the Chesapeake and explains the political policies that have shaped their historical and contemporary geographies.
Meet the Editors of AAG Journals: David Butler and Nik Heynen
Published six times a year since 1911, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers is one of the world’s foremost geography journals. The articles in the journal are divided into four theme sections that reflect the various scholarship throughout the geographic discipline: Geographic Methods; Human Geography; Nature and Society; and Physical Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. There are editors responsible for each of the four themes. This month, meet two of the Annals editors – David Butler and Nik Heynen.
AAG Welcomes Three Summer Interns
The AAG is pleased to have three interns join the AAG staff this summer. Alex Lafler, a junior at Michigan State University, is pursuing a BS in Geographic Information Science and a BA in Human Geography (along with a Minor in Environment and Health), Christian Meoli, a senior at the University of Mary Washington, is double majoring in Geography and Environmental Science with a certificate in GIS, and Jenny Roepe, a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is pursuing a B.A. in geography with a minor in geographical information systems and urban and public issues.
RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
Geographers on Film Series Available through Library of Congress
The AAG is excited to announce that the first 30 of 308 films in the Geographers on Film series have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress. Geographers on Film is a collection of recorded video interviews conducted with hundreds of geographers between August 1970 and the mid-1980s, including scholars who have shaped the discipline such as Carl Sauer, Richard Hartshorne, Wilbur Zelinsky, Richard Chorley, Mildred Berman, Harold Rose, Jan Monk, Yi-Fu Tuan and Rickie Sanders. The late Maynard Weston Dow (1929 – 2011), Professor Emeritus at Plymouth State College, and Nancy Dow largely produced the series over 40 years.
Ask a Geographer Program Update: Volunteers Needed
The AAG is currently updating the Ask a Geographer program, an AAG outreach project that offers the media, government agencies, teachers, and students links to experts in various fields of geography. Are you looking for a fun service opportunity to support geography by helping others learn more about it? No matter your career status, consider volunteering for the AAG Ask a Geographer program!
AAG Seeks Editor for ‘The Professional Geographer’
The American Association of Geographers seeks applications for the position of Editor of The Professional Geographer. The new editor, whose responsibilities include overseeing the solicitation, review, and publication of scholarly articles for the journal, will be appointed for a four-year editorial term beginning July 1, 2019.
Read the July 2018 Issue of the ‘Annals of the AAG’
The Annals of the American Association of Geographers is published six times a year. Issue 4 of Volume 108 is now available to read online as part of the AAG membership benefits. This issue features an editors’ choice article on the racial nature of gerrymandering in the US.
Volume 4, Issue 1 of ‘GeoHumanities’ Online Now
GeoHumanities features articles that span conceptual and methodological debates in geography and the humanities; critical reflections on analog and digital artistic productions; and new scholarly interactions occurring at the intersections of geography and multiple humanities disciplines. There are full length scholarly articles in the Articles section and shorter creative pieces that cross over between the academy and creative practice in the Practices and Curations section.
New Books in Geography — May 2018 Available
Keep up with the latest publications in geography and related disciplines with the New Books in Geography List, published monthly. The May 2018 list, which features books on topics such as health, geopolitics, environmentalism, and postcolonial analysis, is now available to view.
May 2018 Issue of the ‘Professional Geographer’ Published
The Professional Geographer, Volume 70, Issue 2, has been published. Of note to geographers interested in the Public Engagement theme for #AAG2018, the focus section in this issue is Out in the World: Geography’s Complex Relationship with Civic Engagement. The issue also includes short articles in academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies.
Spring 2018 Issue of ‘The AAG Review of Books’ Now Available
Volume 6, Issue 2 of the quarterly The AAG Review of Books has now been published online. In addition to scholarly reviews of recent books related to geography, public policy and international affairs, this issue features longer book review fora of Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge, The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation, and The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League.
Africa Specialty Group congratulates Dr. Padraig Carmody, recipient of the 2018 Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished African Scholar Award
Dr. Carmody teaches Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, where he did his undergraduate and masters work and is a visiting associate professor at the University of Johannesburg. His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in the United States. He also taught briefly at the University of Vermont after his graduation from Minnesota. At TCD, he currently directs the Masters in Development Practice. His research centres on the political economy of globalisation in Africa and he has published in journals such as European Journal of Development Research, Review of African Political Economy, Economic Geography and World Development. He has also published seven books, including The New Scramble for Africa (Polity, 2011), the Rise of the BRICS in Africa (Zed, 2013) and as part of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers’ book series with Professor James T. Murphy, Africa’s Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He has won research grants from the United States National Science Foundation, European Commission and Irish Research Council. His current research examines the impacts of large scale land acquisitions in Africa. He sits on the board of Political Geography and African Geographical Review and is a former editor-in-chief of Geoforum (Elsevier) and is a Fellow of Trinity College. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2018.
GEOGRAPHERS IN THE NEWS
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