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MAD-AAG 2018: Bridging Divides: Places, People, and the Environment

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MAD-AAG 2018 Annual Meeting

November 02, 2018 12:00pm - November 03, 2018 06:00pm

Hosted by Morgan State University: History, Geography, and Museum Studies Department

This year's conference theme,"Bridging Divides: Places, People, and the Environment,” will include diverse sessions and panels that represent MAD-members' current work professionally, academically, and internationally.

***The process of “Bridging” involves joining two ends that may not otherwise meet; the formation of a mediated space between different sets of values; and a conscious effort to connect individuals and groups of people through the creation of common ground***

Through paper and poster sessions, sharing research and exchanging ideas, a keynote address by AAG President, MAD-AAG Life-time Member, and Professor, University of Texas-Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, student discussions and informal networking, this year's MAD Conference provides a forum for the region's geography community to address the challenges of Bridging” in their work, on their campuses, within surrounding communities, and in the multiple ways this fundamental theme can be approached.

All papers and posters on all topics are welcome!

We also invite undergraduate and graduate paper and poster submissions for the 5th annual MAGMA (MAD's Annual Geography Meritorious Award) Competition. In parallel to MAGMA, this year graduate students can submit their research for the AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at a Regional Meeting, ($1000 award).

In addition to welcoming professional and university-college colleagues, we encourage sessions organized by & oriented toward geographers in secondary education; MAD also encourages contingent instructors to use this event for networking, sharing, and gaining additional supportive resources.

As the MAD Region includes a higher proportion of professional geographers relative to the other AAG-Divisions, the MAD-Annual Conference is a particularly vital, regional venue to network and highlight key developments taking place in the discipline outside academia.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

***For questions concerning local logistics, please contact Dr. Mark Barnes, mark.barnes@morgan.edu


Submissions and Additional Information:

*** GIScience, mapping, and applied geography, please contact Mike, Michael.R.Ratcliffe@census.gov

***For session questions and submissions, thematic inquiries, and general questions, please contact Rebecca rkelly36@jhu.edu and Jeremy JTasch@towson.edu

***For questions concerning the GeoBowl and Maryland's Geographic Alliance, please contact Tracy, TEdwards@frostburg.edu

***MAGMA Competition & AAG Council Award submissions, please send electronically to the following addresses:

Michael.R.Ratcliffe@census.gov; mgeores@umd.edu; kelleyo@umd.edu; rkelly36@jhu.edu; JTasch@towson.edu

Poster Guidelines

  • Posters should offer a unified, coherent statement
  • Materials should be of professional quality and strive for legibility from a distance of four feet (4')
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and should accompany the posters in/out of the session
  • Posters should be appropriate for display on easels and/or to be hung on bulletin boards

Abstract Guidelines

  • Include paper title, your name, affiliation, and e-mail address, but not in the body of the abstract.
  • Each abstract should not exceed 250 words.
  • Abstracts should describe/summarize the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Avoid bulleted lists, underlining, boldface type, italics, subscripts, or superscripts.
  • Transmit your research results clearly and concisely, avoiding jargon.
  • All abbreviations should be spelled out in the abstract text.
  • Keywords can be compound, e.g. "political geography." Separate keywords with commas.
  • Keywords should generally be nouns rather than adjectives.

Paper presentations generally are limited to 20 minutes each,
with questions and answers reserved until the end of the session
to help ensure that each presenter has equal time,
and in order to facilitate an inclusive and wide-ranging discussion.


VISITOR PARKING: For your convenience parking is available behind the conference site, New Jenkins Hall. Limited street parking is also available. For further details, please contact

Mark Barnes: mark.barnes@morgan.edu

ACCOMMODATIONS: Those staying overnight are encouraged to consider the following local options:

Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore - 4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218: (410) 235-5400

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, Baltimore - 5100 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21210: (410) 532-6900

Mt. Washington Conference Center - 5801 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209: (410) 735-7964

Red Roof Inn Baltimore Northwest - 5810 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore, MD 21215: (937) 328-1797



Onsite Registration: 12:00 - 12:45

Paper Sessions I: 1:00 - 2:30

Paper Sessions II: 3:00 - 5:30

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address: November 02, 6:30, will be held on campus in New Jenkins Hall, and will feature Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, AAG President & MAD-AAG Life-time Member:

Keynote Address: “Bridging Divides"


Light Breakfast: 8:30 - 9:15

Paper Sessions III: 09:30 - 11:00

LUNCH: 11:30 - 12:30

GeoBowl: 1:00 - 3:30

**Morgan State Bears Football vs. Bethune Cookman University Football: 4:00**

General Admission is $15; tickets can be purchased directly through Ticketmaster:



On behalf of the History, Geography, and Museum Studies Department and the MAD Board we all look forward to a terrific 2018 MAD conference.

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