Thursday, April 18, 2013

Virtual Geography Convention 2013: Closing Appeal

The Association of American Geographers' annual convention is over and so is this year's virtual geography convention.  I want to thank all the presenters who shared their research with the public.  We have read many fascinating things ranging from Ethiopian Orthodox church forests, long commutes stealing time off one's life, rape law enforcement in Norway, geospatial big data, lawn care and the environment, and so much more.

If you enjoyed the Virtual Geography Convention (VGC) this year please contact the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and tell them that you enjoyed Geographic Travels' hosting of the VGC and that the AAG should actively encourage presenters to share their slides if not more with the public.  I do not care if the AAG decides to do their own virtual conference and host the slides on their website.  The VGC is not for  Geographic Travels to increase readership but instead to promote geographic literacy and outreach to the public.

For those who value their time I have a dummy letter below that you can send by clicking this e-mail hyperlink to contact the AAG's president-elect Julie Winkler

Dear Dr. Winkler, President-elect of the AAG

  Geographic literacy starts with Geographic outreach.  I greatly enjoyed the unofficial Virtual Geography Convention on the geography blog, Geographic Travels.  Please consider encouraging presenters to share their slides or other material online for public viewing.  Having one hosting place, whether on Geographic Travels or the AAG's website, could allow the public to easily gain important Geographic knowledge.  The public would gain immensely even if only a few more presenters post their presentations.

  Thank you for your time,

2 comments:

Dina said...

OK, I wrote a letter.
Thanks for all your efforts in the last weeks (and years!).

Catholicgauze said...

Thanks Dina!