Special Events

As the schedule and program for the 2018 Annual Meeting comes together in the coming months, special events, plenary sessions, and featured sessions will be listed on this page to help highlight items of interest for all attendees. Please check back soon for more information.

2018 Presidential Plenary

AAG President Derek Alderman's 2018 presidential plenary is titled, When the Big Easy Isn’t So Easy: Learning from New Orleans’ Geographies of Struggle. Beyond merely providing hotels, restaurants, and bars, the hosting cities of AAG meetings offer important moments to delve into the scientific value of these locations and to learn about the historical and contemporary forces and tensions that shape their communities and spaces. Doing so not only advances our intellectual understanding of place but also has the potential to create a more responsible and empathetic visitor and academic conference citizen—someone who can appreciate, analyze, and be affected by the people and places that exist beyond tourism brochures found in hotel lobbies.

When the Big Easy Isn’t So Easy creates a space to explore the role of struggle in the making, unmaking, and remaking of New Orleans. The city’s development has long been a power-laden process in which multiple identities, histories, and social interests converge, mix, but also clash. A wide range of racial, ethnic, class, and environmental struggles have shaped New Orleans in complex ways, making it a site of vulnerability, inequality, and displacement and at the same time a place of resourcefulness, creative surviving and living, and social justice activism.

Panelists, all of whom are civically engaged scholars and gifted geographic storytellers, will highlight not only the (Post) Katrina experience but also the deeper historical and geographic roots of struggle in New Orleans. They will take the audience to evocative spaces and moments, using the opening session to open broader discussions of issues such as black lives and geographies, disaster response and recovery, food justice, water-society relations, the politics of public memory, and urban political economy. Panelists will reflect on the larger academic-political lessons from New Orleans, offer ideas for (re)imagining the future of this city and others, and demonstrate how geographers can learn from and with the host cities for our AAG meetings.


In addition to President Alderman, panelists will include:

Presidential Plenary panel includes Laura Pulido, Craig Colten, Richard Campanella, Michael Crutcher Jr, Catarina Passidomo, Rebecca Sheehan

Laura Pulido, University of Oregon. Noted black geographies scholar and editor of recently released edited book on New Orleans.

Craig Colten, LSU. One of the perennial experts on NOLA and Louisiana history of human-environment/water-society relations.

Richard Campanella, Tulane University. Author of AAG’s ongoing features on NOLA and widely published local expert.

Michael Crutcher, Jr, Independent Scholar. Long-time expert on NOLA and author of book on Treme neighborhood.

Catarina Passidomo, University of Mississippi. Emerging scholar in southern studies, food geography/justice, and wrote dissertation on post-Katrina NOLA.

Rebecca Sheehan, Oklahoma State University. Has worked extensively as of late on the controversial removal of Confederate monuments from NOLA.

The Presidential Plenary is currently slated to take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel from 6:30 -8:30 PM.

Celebrate with this Year’s Honorees at the AAG Awards Luncheon

Join colleagues and friends for the AAG Awards Luncheon to celebrate and congratulate the recipients of the AAG Honors for their lifetime achievements and accomplishments in scholarship, service, publishing, and education. Several other awards also will be presented during the luncheon. They include: the AAG annual book awards, Miller Award, Nystrom Award, Jackson Prize, AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, Specialty Group Awards, and many other awards. Members who have held 50 years of continuous membership will be recognized for their enduring support and contributions to the Association.

Time and Place

The AAG Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:50 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in Napoleon CD, Sheraton.

Ticket Information

Individual seats for the luncheon are only $55, including service and tax. Tables for parties of ten can also be purchased for $495. Tickets will be available for purchase this fall.

World Geography Bowl 

Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30PM , Bayside A-C, Oak Alley, Nottoway, Sheraton, Fourth Floor 

Student teams from the AAG's regional divisions will compete in a round robin tournament starting at 7:30 p.m. in Bayside A-C, Oak Alley, and Nottoway in the Sheraton New Orleans. The Championship Round will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m.
The World Geography Bowl Committee would like to thank the AAG for sponsoring the 2018 national competition through its contributions to the student travel fund, which assists regional divisions in sending student team members to compete at the AAG Annual Meeting.

If you would like to donate prizes to the 2018 competition please contact Kelsey Taylor.

If you are interested in volunteering for 2018 competition, please contact Jamison Conley.