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Southeastern Geographer Vol. XXXXIII, No. 1, May 2003, pp. 143-145 REPORT OF THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE, 2002 Stephen J. Walsh COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP Clifton Dixon, University of Southern Mississippi Stephen Hanna, Mary Washington College Doug Heffington, Middle Tennessee State University Michael Hodgson, University of South Carolina Martha Geores, University of Maryland Hilda Kurtz, University of Georgia Deborah Martin, University of Georgia Ann Oberhauser, University of West Virginia Marie Price, George Washington University Dan Royall, University of Alabama Tony Stallins, Florida State University Alice Turkington, University of Kentucky Stephen J. Walsh, Chair, University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill William Welsh, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wendy Wolford, University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill Leo Zonn, University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill Overview. The 57th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Southeastern Division (SEDAAG) was held in Richmond, Virginia on November 23-26, 2002, as a joint meeting of SEDAAG and the Mid-Atlantic Division (MAD) of AAG. On Saturday and Sunday field trips were conducted: Geology and Mass Wasting, Stratford Hill Plantation and Environs, Potomac River, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Jackson Ward: A Historic African-American Community in Transition ; and a Self Guided Tour of Richmond's Canal Walk. Dr. Walsh is Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3220. E-mail: swalsh@email. 144STEPHEN J. WALSH The Richmond meeting included 32 sessions, comprising 20 regular paper sessions , two special sessions (Political Geography and Nostalgia, Community, Desire: Geographies of Civilization and Discontentment), two panel sessions (Geographic Education and Reflections on African Experiences-Conferences, Research, and Travel in the Summer of 2002), three student honors sessions (two sponsored by SEDAAG and one sponsored by MAD), two poster sessions, two undergraduate Gamma ThĂȘta Upsilon (GTU) sessions, and a Southern Studies session. Papers were organized into sessions on social geography, environment, GIS, borders, economic/ development, geography of place, urban, cultural, geographic education, Southern studies, climate, land use, urban/economic, and remote sensing. A total of 158 presentations were made, including 15 posters, 13 student honors papers (three by MAD), 10 panelists, and eight GTU papers. A total of 363 names are listed in the program (as chairs or discussants, and as co-authors, organizers, and panelists) as compared to 382 in Lexington. The number ofpresentations (158) in the 2002 joint SEDAAG-MAD meeting sets a record for participation (in 2001, 151 SEDAAG presentations were made in Lexington). James O. Wheeler, University of Georgia won the Wheeler Award (first Meeting correspondence received: session chair and discussant registration [June 2, 2002]). Continuing a new feature of the program, begun in Lexington in 2001, an Honorary Lecture was delivered as part of the Opening Session. This year, Professor Jonathan D. Phillips, University ofKentucky, presented the invited paper, entitled "I Just Wanna Testify . . . Laws, Locality, and Explanation in Geography." As part of the Honors Luncheon, the tradition of inviting the President of the AAG to present also continued in Richmond. Professor M. Duane Nellis, President of the Association ofAmerican Geographers; Dean, Eberly College ofArts and Sciences; and Professor of Geography at West Virginia University, delivered the Honors Address entitled "Rural Geography, Infospheres, and Future Worlds." Ronald Mitchelson, President of SEDAAG and Professor of Geography, East Carolina University, presided over the over the Business Meeting, and Derek Alderman, Chair ofthe Honors Committee and Professor of Geography at East Carolina University presided over the Honors Luncheon. The Best M.A. and Ph.D. Paper Awards were announced at the luncheon as well as other special SEDAAG awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Research Honors Award, Outstanding Service Award, Best Paper in the Southeastern Geographer Award, 2001, and the Merle C. Prunty, Jr., Scholarship. The World Geography Bowl continues to be a highlight of the Meeting. Event organizers were Laurence W. Carstensen, Virginia Tech University, and Thomas Deaton, Dalton State College. A preliminary round-robin competition was followed by the Championship Event, preceded by a Student All Stars vs. Professional Dream Team competition. The Dream Team was composed of M. Duane Nellis, President of AAG; Ronald Abler, Executive Director of AAG; Douglas Richardson, InComing (2003) Executive Director of AAG; Kavita Pandit, SEDAAG Regional PROGRAM COMMITTEE, 2002145 Councilor to AAG; Susan...


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