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68th Annual Conference of the
California Geographical Society
May 2-4, 2014 - Hollywood
Los Angeles City College (LACC)

Los Angeles:
A World City by Subway & Light Rail

Planning is in its final stages for the 68th annual conference of the California Geographical Society. As always we will feature excellent research, exemplary cartography, educational workshops and - perhaps best of all- world-class fellowship for geographers from around the Golden State and beyond.

Los Angeles Geographical Society LogoWe'll meet this year in Hollywood at Los Angeles City College - the first time we've visited this campus since 1967! This is also our first truly urban environment since our visit to Long Beach ten years ago. The Los Angeles Geographical Society is our co-host for this year's event. Many thank to our sister organization.

We have lots of interesting field trips lined up, and there are an enormous number of opportunities for everyone to do some exploration of America's second largest city.


Most of the paper, poster and cartography sessions will be in the new Science and Technology Building (SCI) on the northeastern corner of the LACC campus. The Friday Night Barbeque will kick off our event on the campus Quad, and our keynote speaker, Glen Creason, author of Los Angeles in Maps & City Map Librarian, will address us in the historic El Camino Theatre just off the quad. Wendy Cheng, award winning author (Arizona State) will be the Presidential Plenary speaker in the same building on Saturday. You may want to check out Dr. Cheng's latest book The Changs Next Door to the Díazes or her co-authored manuscript A People's Guide to Los Angeles both very well received efforts. We're very pleased to have these outstanding speakers.

We'll wrap up Saturday at the visually stunning LACC Student Union building, where we can celebrate in view of the Hollywood sign.

Los Angeles City College LogoGetting to Hollywood and Around Los Angeles

Los Angeles City College is located at 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (open link for Google Map) and the majority of on campus activity will be in the Science and Technology Building in the northeastern corner of campus.

It is important that all conference attendees understand that parking on campus is somewhat limited, and that off-campus parking is not advisable. This is an urban conference and it is an urban setting; and although East Hollywood is not one of LA's most dangerous neighborhoods, auto break ins are reasonably common.

We URGE you to use public transportation. We'll even mail the first 300 registrants a Metro TAP card, that will allow you on-off privileges for Metro all three days of the conference.

If you are driving to the Los Angeles area, you can stay in a motel/hotel; a friend's house, or one of the outlying regions and EASILY get to LACC via the Metro Rail (and bus) system. Really good options are Universal Studios in Hollywood, loads of upscale places in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Old Town Pasadena, North Hollywood, etc. Just look for something along the Red / Gold line and you can park and ride. Click on the conference lodging information for specifics.

Registration Materials - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Note that April 1st is the deadline for anyone wanting to present a map, paper or poster. Others may register after April 1, 2014, but may not be permitted to enjoy all the elements of the conference (meals, field trips, etc.), especially if attendance is robust as it has been in recent years. "At the door" registration is possible, but rarely do last second registrants participate in field trips or the banquet, BBQ, etc. Please avoid registering late.

If you are presenting a paper, poster or cartography (or workshop), you must have your title and abstract prepared in advance on a word processor (with spell check!). Abstracts are limited to a 150 word maximum.

If you are paying for yourself, please have your credit card ready. Please note that NO registration is complete until it has been paid for by yourself or a representative of your school or institution. You may not reserve a spot on a field trip simply by registering - you still have to pay to reserve a seat on a field trip or at a conference event.

Do not submit multiple registrations. WAIT until you are really ready, register once and do it right. Volunteer organizers of this conference cannot edit your registration multiple times.

Anticipate Your Costs

--$10 for students
--$25 for faculty ($20 for retired - $250 for lifetime membership)

Registration (includes Friday Night BBQ and mixer - plus Metro TAP card for first 300)
-- $30 for students presenting, $45 for students NOT presenting
--$55 for regular, retired and life members

Meals (see menu below)
--Lunch - $10 (for all)
--Banquet: $20 for students (non-presenters), free for first author student presenters, $25 for everyone else.

Field Trips (see descriptions link below)
-- $10 to $35

Click the links below to register online. Everyone must register himself or herself. Faculty or staff who are paying for an entire group may use the group registration link to reduce the hassle of paying for multiple registrants.


GROUP REGISTRATION(for persons paying on behalf of a group only)

Problems with the registration form? Contact Steve Graves at

Conference Materials

Program and Abstracts -
Presentation Information- All links open in new window
Additional Conference Information


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