East Lakes Division American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference Information

Members of the Department of Geography & Geology invite you to participate in the Annual Meeting of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to be held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) starting with the Thursday evening reception on October 12th to the full day conference on Friday, October 13th to be held at the Student Center on EMU’s main campus, and to participate in both local and near-by field excursions to museums that focus on innovations in American manufacturing on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.


Academic Geography at EMU dates to the late 1850s when courses were offered as part of the Natural Science Department of the Michigan State Normal School (MSNS).  During the 1897-98 school year, the institution was renamed Michigan State Normal College (MSNC) and the Department of Drawing and Geography was formally created under the direction of Charles McFarlane.  As a result of the encouragement of William Morris Davis, Mark Jefferson filled a vacancy created by the department of McFarlane in 1901.  By 1903, under the leadership of Jefferson, Drawing was separated from Geography.  Mark Jefferson served as Chair until his retirement in 1941.  Students of Jefferson, who in many cases became leaders in the discipline, included: Isaiah Bowman (1903-04; Darrell H. Davis (1905-08); Charles Colby (1906-08), and A.E. Parkins (1908-11).  Highlights of Mark Jefferson’s career include service as President of the AAG in 1916 and hosting the 1931 annual meeting of the AAG in Ypsilanti.  In addition, Mark Jefferson is recognized as having published more articles in official publications of the American Geographical Society (AGS) than anyone before or since (Martin 1994), and he ranks among the “Big Four” reviewers for the AAG book review section.  Thanks to the legacy of Mark Jefferson, EMU’s is among the oldest functioning geography programs in the U.S.

During the 1964-65 school year, the Geology program moved from the Department of Natural Science to equal status with Geography in a blended department.  Over the last fifty years the G&G department has grown to include 14 degree programs, including certificates, currently taught by twenty tenure-track faculty members, a Full Time lecturer, and more than a dozen dedicated Part Time Lecturers.  We are currently located in 311 King Hall, while the Strong Building is undergoing a large scale 40 million dollar renovation to complete the Science Complex project at EMU by fall 2018.

The deadline for submitting abstracts and sessions has been extended until end of business on Monday, Oct. 9. All abstracts submitted by the deadline will be accepted.  We hope many Great Lakes Geographers register to attend the meeting.

Please send abstracts by email to Richard Sambrook.

In September, we will be busy sorting the many abstracts into sessions. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 we plan to post a preliminary program online.

Following AAG guidelines paper presentations will be 15 minutes long with a few minutes for questions. Each paper session will have up to five presentations.

Posters will be displayed on easels that can accommodate a poster up to 36" x 48" (3' x 4').

Departments are encouraged to reserve tables by September 29, 2017 to display information about their programs. To reserve a table please email Dr. Rick Sambrook.

Registration Fees

(Registration Fee includes meals)

  • Faculty/Professional: $90
  • Students: $35

Print out your own flyer for the event.