Geography Convention

The South Dakota State Geography Convention is the longest running student organized and sponsored annual meeting in the United States. Approximately ten eminent academic and applied geographers from around the region, the country, and Canada are invited to make presentations at the conference each spring. The Convention also features social activities, a Gamma Theta Upsilon initiation, and an awards banquet. Field trips are provided on occasion.

The 51st Geography Convention will be held Thursday, March 5th through Friday, March 6th, 2020. The goal of the convention is to gather current students, alumni of the Geography Department, academic and applied geographers from around the region and share knowledge and enthusiasm for geography through professional presentations, discussions, and social activities.

Events will be in the Volstorff Ballroom in the Student Union unless noted. Stay connected for more updates on speakers and schedule of events!

Thursday March 5, 2020

1:00 pm - 3:00 pmConvention Welcome & Poster Session
3:00 pm - 5:00 pmGeobowl
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmBreak
6:00 pm - 9:00 pmSocial

Friday March 6, 2020

9:00 am - 10:00 amMikhail Blinnikov
Title: Green to Gray: Political Ecology of Paving over Green Spaces in Moscow, Russia
10:00 am - 11:00 amShannon O’Lear, Professor, University of Kansas
Title: Environmental Geopolitics: Cracking the Code of Political Claims about the Environment
11:00 am - 12:00 pmBirgit Peterson, Research Scientist, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)
Title: Exploring wildland fire and assessing its impacts on the landscape
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmJoshua Hagen, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Northern State University
Title: The City as a Composition of Space, Identity, Memory, and Belonging
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmRebecca Sheehan
Title: Spatial Justice and Rethinking Memorial Public Spaces as Regenerative
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmMark Freund, GIS Coordinator, State of South Dakota
Title: How the State of South Dakota Uses GIS)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmBreak
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm**Banquet**
 **6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker: AAG President David Kaplan

Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker:
David Kaplan, AAG President, Professor, Kent State University

Mikhail Blinnikov
Title: Green to Gray: Political Ecology of Paving over Green Spaces in Moscow, Russia

Shannon O’Lear, Professor, University of Kansas
Title: Environmental Geopolitics: Cracking the Code of Political Claims about the Environment

Birgit Peterson, Research Scientist, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)
Title: Exploring wildland fire and assessing its impacts on the landscape

Joshua Hagen, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Northern State University
Title: The City as a Composition of Space, Identity, Memory, and Belonging

Rebecca Sheehan
Title: Spatial Justice and Rethinking Memorial Public Spaces as Regenerative

Mark Freund, GIS Coordinator, State of South Dakota
Title: How the State of South Dakota Uses GIS

Convention Officers
50th Convention Officer (March 2019)
Club Members with AAG President
Geography Convention Banquet - Club members and the AAG President Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (March 2019)