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Mainstreaming Human Rights, image courtesy AAASThe special theme, Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography and the AAG, will feature 50 sessions with more than 250 presentations at the intersection of human rights and geography within the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting and will build on the AAG’s decade-long initiatives in this area. Speakers from leading international human rights organizations, academia, government, and NGOs will address human rights challenges around the world.

Mainstreaming Human Rights: Noam Chomsky, Audrey Kobayashi, Doug Richardson, Jessica Wyndham, Tawanda Mutasah, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, James Hansen and Colette Pichon Battle

Featured speakers above: Noam Chomsky, Audrey Kobayashi, Doug Richardson, Jessica Wyndham, Tawanda Mutasah, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, James Hansen and Colette Pichon Battle

The keynote plenary, “A Continuing Conversation with Noam Chomsky,” will kick off the Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography and the AAG theme. Chomsky will engage in a conversational interview with AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson, as he has several times previously. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions following the interview. In addition, Chomsky will receive the 2017 AAG Atlas Award, the association’s highest honor. Be sure and add to your calendar this important keynote session scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 5:20 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Hynes Convention Center.

Don’t miss another high-profile Human Rights session, International Human Rights Priorities: Featured Perspectives,” with panelists Michael Posner, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department; Terry Rockefeller, Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA; Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; Jessica Wyndham, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program; Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International and Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, American Association of Geographers. This session is scheduled on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Room 103, on the Plaza level of the Hynes Convention Center.

Additional special sessions will include the following notable speakers involved in various aspects of human rights:

James HansenJames Hanson, known for his climate research and his Congressional testimony on climate change that raised awareness of global warming, will deliver a featured talk, moderated by AAG President Glen MacDonald, on Friday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. in Room 210 at the Hynes Convention Center.

David HarveyDavid Harvey, one of the most influential figures in geography and urban studies, and among the most cited intellectuals of all time across the humanities and social sciences, will deliver a featured lecture, “Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason,” on Saturday, April 8, from 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Ballroom B at the Hynes Convention Center.

Rush HoltRush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will deliver a featured talk entitled, “Advancing Science in the Public Arena,” on Thursday, April 6, from 11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. in Room 103 of the Hynes Convention Center.

To find many additional sessions on this featured theme, consult the AAG website for a full list.