ELDAAG Meeting 2015 - October 9-10, in Kent, Ohio
Call for Papers
The East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers will hold its annual conference at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful downtown Kent, Ohio. We invite papers from all areas of Geography, and we especially encourage the organization of special sessions. A student paper and poster competitions with cash awards will occur during the day with awards presented at the Evening Awards Banquet.
Friday October 9th
- 6 pm Walking tour of Kent (meet in Kent State Hotel Lobby)
- 7-9 pm Poster session and reception in Hotel Ballroom
Saturday October 10th
- 8.20-noon Oral and poster sessions
- Noon-1.20 pm Lunch on your own in downtown Kent
- 1.20-5 pm Oral and poster sessions
- 5-6 pm Reception
- 6-8 pm Awards Banquet (included in registration)
There will also be an option to participate in a May 4th guided tour during the day on October 10th. Kent State became a place of international significance when four students were killed and nine were injured by the Ohio National Guard on May 4th 1970. The National Guard opened fire on students peacefully protesting the invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The impact of the shootings was enormous, triggering a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close. The site of the May 4th shootings is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center
215 S. Depeyster Street
Kent, Ohio 44240
- September 11: Deadline for booking Hotel at conference rate
- September 25: Deadline for submitting abstracts and sessions
A conference rate has been secured with the Kent State Hotel and Conference center for $109 for the evenings of the 9th and 10th, single or double. Rooms can be booked at: http://www.kentstatehotel.com/. Please use the code AAG15 to secure this rate. Please be aware that this is the only hotel in Kent, so please book early. Other accommodations are available in Brimfield, 3 miles to the south of Kent, and Streetsboro, 5 miles to the north of Kent.
Historically part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the city’s landscape is dominated by its railroads and iconic grain elevator, the Cuyahoga River, and Kent State University. The city is also known for its designation as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and for its art and music scene. In recent years, Kent’s downtown underwent a $110 million transformation, with mixed-used retail and office space replacing parking lots. Retail space doubled, and a walking path built by the university reconnected the campus to downtown. The public-private partnership won Best Project Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association in 2012 as well as recognition from the International Economic Development Council and International Town-Gown Association.