Geography and Climate Change in the 21st Century: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize 

By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach“Geography has many grand challenges for the 21st Century… Another grand challenge is ensuring a harassment-, bullying-, and bias-free Geography workplace, to ensure that progress continues on our other grand challenges. This is a “climate change” that we must unite around. This is not an easy topic to write about, but it is my civic and professional duty.”

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Themes Announced for 2019 AAG Annual Meeting

Two themes have been selected for the Washington, D.C. annual meeting: Geography, GIScience, and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN) and Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress. Both themes will be soliciting papers, panels, posters, and sessions which integrate the theme topic. The AAG identifies themes to help give each annual meeting a more specific focus, though any geography related topic is welcome for presentation.

Learn more about the meeting themes.

Get Involved with the AAG Jobs and Careers Center!

The AAG seeks panelists, mentors, and workshop leaders for careers and professional development events for the AAG Annual Meeting. If interested, email careers [at] aag [dot] org, specifying topic(s) and activity(s) of interest, and attach a current C.V. or resume. For best consideration, please submit your information by October 25, 2018.

Focus on new


“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.

The Resilient Streams in the Urban Landscape of Washington

There are numerous tales of how urbanization takes its toll on waterways that stretch through areas growing in population. Ranbir Kang describes the hydrologic system in the nation’s capital in this month’s Focus on Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic with special attention to Rock Creek and its small branch, Klingle Creek.

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Registration for #aagDC Now Open! Start Planning your Trip!

Deadlines are approaching for submitting a paper abstract. Paper abstract submissions are due October 25, 2018 while poster abstract submissions are due January 31, 2019.


Meet the Editors of AAG Journals: James McCarthy and Ling Bian

James McCarthy and Ling BianThe final two editors we will be featuring in our Meet the Editors section for this year are James McCarthy and Ling Bian. Both work as editors for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers – McCarthy as the Nature and Society editor and Bian as the Geographic Methods editor. Each brings extensive research and editorial experience to the journal.

Find out more about the AAG Journals editors.

Michelle Kinzer Joins AAG Staff as Government Relations Manager

Michelle KinzerThe AAG is pleased to welcome Michelle Kinzer to fill the role of Government Relations Manager. She will serve as AAG’s primary advocate on public policy in Washington and will continue to grow relationships with government decision makers as well as outside organizations and stakeholders. She will track and analyze relevant issues facing the AAG and work to promote the rapidly growing geography community as a whole.

Read more about Michelle.

AAG Welcomes Fall Interns

Three new interns have started working at the AAG for the fall 2018 semester. Meet Daliha Jimenez from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mike Kelly from the George Washington University, and Siri Knudsen from the George Washington University. All three interns will be helping with AAG programs and projects such as education, outreach, research, website, publications, or the Annual Meeting.

Learn more about the interns.


Geospatial Data Act Passes within FAA

Image-118 capitol buildingThe AAG is pleased to announce that the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) has been passed today, absent damaging exclusionary procurement provisions that were previously in the bill. AAG has been monitoring and providing expertise regarding the GDA for several years at the request of Congressional members.

Read more about this legislation.


Geography Education Research Track – Call for Participation

NCRGE_logoFor the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) is welcoming abstracts and organized session proposals for a track of research-oriented sessions in geography education. This track aims to raise the visibility of research in geography education, grow the NCRGE research coordination network, and provide productive spaces for discussion about geography education research and the notion of what makes research in the field potentially transformative.

Read the full call.

Rare Book School: The Art & Science of Cartography, 200–1550

The Library of Congress is offering a short cartography course taught by John Hessler, Specialist in Modern Cartography and Geographic Information Science and Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress. The course will be offered from December 2-7, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Learn more about this short class.

National Humanities Center Fellowships Accepting Applications

Up to 40 fellowships are being offered through the National Humanities Center which will run from September 2019 to May 2020. The international center welcomes professionals and scholars from any discipline who are engaged with humanitistic projects to apply by October 17, 2018.

Apply to be a National Humanities Center Fellow.


Profiles of Professional Geographers

Jeremy Tasch Jeremy Tasch has had a varied geographical career. Now a professor of geography at Towson University, Tasch began his career right out of his undergraduate geography program in the Geography Field Division of the US Census Bureau. After working across the globe, Jeremy asserts that “if a geographer is curious and analytical in applying their knowledge to real-world problem solving effectively, then career opportunities are excellent.”

Learn more about geography careers.

October Member Updates

Read the latest news about AAG Members.

Ronald Wall, economic geographer and professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, has been serving as the lead researcher and author of the UN Report ‘State of African Cities 2018: the geography of African investment’. The report is now available for download. Read the report.


Terrence W. Haverluk

Terrence W. HaverlukTerrence W. Haverluk passed away on September 18, 2018. A Professor in the Geospatial Science Program at the United States Air Force Academy, Terry received his MA and PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota. Trained as a cultural geographer, most recently his research looked at geopolitics, publishing the textbook Geopolitics From the Ground Up.

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Arleigh H. Laycock

The AAG is sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Arleigh H. Laycock on June 7, 2018. Laycock was a Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Alberta where he had been a professor prior to his retirement in 1989. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the R.C.A.F., following which he obtained a bachelors in Geography from University of Toronto and a PhD in Geography from University of Minnesota.

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David Lowenthal

David Lowenthal died peacefully in his home in London on September 15, 2018. Lowenthal was well respected in the disciplines of history, geography, and heritage studies and he had been an emeritus professor of geography at University College, London since 1985. His most recent work, The Past is a Foreign Country – Revisited, published in 2015, was featured at an author meets critics session at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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Joseph E. Schwartzberg 

Joe SchwartzbergThe AAG morns the loss of Joe Schwartzberg who passed away on September 19, 2018. A world citizen of White Bear Lake, Schwartzberg spent the majority of his career working with the World Federalist movement and studying India. In his own words, Joe reflects on his life.

Read Joe’s Kaleidoscopic sketch.


August 2018 Issue of the ‘Professional Geographer’ Published

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The August 2018 (Volume 70, Issue 3) issue of The Professional Geographer is now available online! The focus of this journal is on short articles in academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies. These features may range in content and approach from rigorously analytic to broadly philosophical or prescriptive.

See the newest issue.

New Books in Geography — August 2018 Available

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From Particles in the Air to Transitions of Power, read the latest list of new books in geography! Recently released books are compiled from various publishers each month. Some of these titles are later reviewed in the AAG Review of Books.

Browse the list of new books.

Read the September 2018 Issue of the ‘Annals of the AAG’


Volume 108, Issue 5 of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers is now available! Articles spanning the breadth of geography from the four major areas of Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Science; Nature and Society; People, Place, and Region; and Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences are featured in each issue. Access to the journal is included in your AAG membership.

Full article listing available.



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