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UW-Eau Claire to Host 57th Annual Meeting
Of the Wisconsin Geographical Society

 MAILED:  Sept. 5, 2003

EAU CLAIRE —The department of geography and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Wisconsin Geographical Society’s 57th annual meeting Sept. 19 and 20 at the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The conference will include paper and poster sessions, student paper and poster competitions, a GIS data workshop, a Friday night banquet with keynote speaker, and a Saturday luncheon and several field trips.

“Perhaps the most important goal of this meeting is to build lines of communication between the different geography departments in the region” said Tim Bawden, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor and WGS state coordinator. “Hopefully, that will generate some sharing of ideas and perhaps collaborative teaching and research projects in the future.”

Paper and poster sessions will cover topics ranging from geoarchaeology in Israel to a review of the Harley Davidson Centennial Rally. A poster session and social will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Paper sessions will run from 9 to 10:20 a.m. and from 10:40 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cash awards of $75 each will be given to the best undergraduate paper, the best undergraduate poster and the best graduate paper.

A Wisconsin GIS data workshop will be offered from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Friday ($5 fee). Representatives from the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Department of Natural Resources, the State Cartographer’s Office, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and the Department of Administration will discuss how to access and work with their data online.

Friday’s events will conclude with a banquet dinner featuring UW-Eau Claire professor and department chair Brady Foust as keynote speaker. Foust’s presentation is titled “Seeing the World in New Ways: The Education of a Geographer.”

During Saturday’s luncheon, UW-Eau Claire professor Sean Hartnett will present a slideshow about his recent research on the geography of long distance runners, including his trips to the highlands of Kenya.

Friday field trips will include choice of a free tour of the Leinenkugel Brewery or a walking tour of Eau Claire’s architectural history guided by UW-Eau Claire professor Ingolf Vogeler. Saturday afternoon conference participants may choose either a guided tour of Chippewa Valley’s Landscape with UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus Adam Cahow ($10 fee) or a Chippewa River canoe and bike trip with the UW-Eau Claire Geography Club ($20 fee). Conference participants may also visit the award-winning Chippewa Valley Museum for free on Friday and Saturday.

The Wisconsin Geographical Society is an organization of human and spatial scientists and teachers founded in the 1940s.

For more information about the meeting or membership in WGS, contact Bawden at (715) 836-5186 or


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Updated: September 5, 2003