2017 Triennial

May 26-May 29, 2017
Monterey Peninsula, California

Women Making a Difference in the World

We would like to welcome you to Asilomar Conference Grounds for three memorable days of camaraderie, inspiration, and extraordinary experiences. The 107-acre Asilomar grounds filled with dunes, wildlife and overlooking sandy beaches and sea make the perfect setting for our theme of “Women Making a Difference in the World.” Commissioned by the formidable Phoebe Hearst as a camp for girls, it was designed by famed architect Julia Morgan whose Arts and Crafts style so perfectly reflects the place. With its fireplaces, rooms with views, its pathways and boardwalks, it invites walks, reflection, sharing, and socializing. 

Field trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pt Lobos, and the Ansel Adams home in Carmel will amplify your appreciation of the area’s rugged beauty, while talks on everything from geography, innovation, discovery and preservation, to the ocean floor, tectonic California, and World Heritage sites will excite your imagination about your fellow members and their work—especially in exploring the unfolding revelations of the Anthropocene.  Come early and enjoy a pre-Triennial trip to the Sonoma Valley, San Francisco, or Berkeley; stay on afterward for a scenic drive along the Big Sur coast, and enjoy the company of other Women Making a Difference.

We look forward to seeing you in May.

Preliminary SWG Triennial Schedule 
May 26-May 29, 2017

Registration Form 

Triennial Registration
Extra Night at Asilomar, May 29

Friday, May 26
3:00-5:00 pm  Registration

Hub open with SWG information, and authors’ tables and books

5:00 pm  Welcome Reception

6:30 pm  Welcome Dinner

7:45 pm  Tanya Atwater, “The California Coast,” SWG Gold Medal Recipient 2005, retired geophysicist and marine geologist, specializing in plate tectonics, UC Santa Barbara

Saturday, May 27
7:30 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Welcome by President, Director, Triennial Committee Chair

9:15 am   Keynote: Mechtild Rössler, “World Heritage under threat: from Bamiyan to Palmyra,” UNESCO, Director of the Division for Heritage and the World Heritage Centre

10:00 am  Keynote: Kathryn Sullivan, “Looking at Earth,” SWG Gold Medal Recipient 1993, NOAA Administrator and former NASA Astronaut

10:45 am  Coffee break

11:00 am  Art Interlude - Underwater photography of Susan Leonard

11:15 am  Keynote: To be announced

12 pm  Lunch; Annual Meeting of Members

1:30 pm  Beach, dune, and pine forest walk with ranger

3:00–4:10 pm   Emerging Research in Geography
UCLA Graduate Students: Panel on Emerging Research in Geography
1. Ashley Fent, "How a proposed mine came to represent the Casamance conflict with Senegal
2. Sara Hughes, "Suburban occupation: Constructing “home” in West Bank settlements"
3. Chelsea Robinson, "Variations in diversity, wood density, and aboveground biomass along an elevation gradient in a tropical montane forest of Costa Rica"
4. Diane Ward, "The Los Angeles River and changing conceptions of urban nature"

4:10 pm  Short Break

4:30 pm  Cultural Geography and Preservation
Kristin Kelly, "Sacred Caves of Tam Ting, Luang Prabang, Laos: the opening of the area to tourism, theft of sculpture, and future of heritage conservation"

4:50 pm  Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient, Carol Horvitz

5:30 pm  Reception 

6:15 pm  Honors Dinner  

7:45 pm  Gold Medalist Recipient presentation - Constanza Ceruti, "Making a difference as the only Andean female high altitude archaeologist in the world: her research on sacred mountains and world religions in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe, and challenges she has faced to make a difference in the world of mountains, mountaineering, and mountain studies"

Sunday, May 28
7:30 am  Breakfast

8:15 am  Board buses for Monterey Bay Aquarium (2.2 miles)

8:30-10 am  Private viewing of Monterey Bay Aquarium

10:30 am  Dr. Steve Webster, Aquarium co-founder, “Climate Change and the Geography of the Deep,” in the auditorium

11:30 am  Buses return to Asilomar

12 pm  Lunch

1:30-2:45 pm  Women Making a Difference in the Anthropocene, a panel organized by Sandy Nichols
1. Arlene Blum, "Tackling Toxics: For Healthier Products, People and Planet," Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
2. Linda Gass, "Art + Environment Activism," artist, a visual sampling of artwork and artisitic process (in textile, glass, and land-art installation) that explores the connection between humans and the land and water that sustain them
3. Jennifer Thomas, “California Coastal Ecosystems: conservation, restoration, and stewardship at the land-sea interface" 

2:45-3:00 pm  Break 

3:00-3:20 pm  Art Interlude: Slide show of paintings by Ben Booz

3:20-4:45 pm  Women Making a Difference in Cartography and Exploration

1. Judith Tyner, "Invisible Ink: American Women Mapping the World: the roles of women in cartography, contributions, activities from the Revolution through 20th century"
2. Nicole Trenholm, "Mapping the seafloor of NW Greenland fjords to better gauge ice cap melt rate, and setting up the first long term Arctic Sea surface carbon system for Greenlandic students to monitor" 
3. Ronne Award Recipient

5:30 pm  Reception

6:30 pm  Dinner 

7:45 pm  After dinner talks: “Doing Geography”  
1. Trudy Suchan, "Geographic aspects of US census, innovations planned for the 2020 census"
2. Marcella Adamski, "Oral history project of Tibetan elders"
3. Barbara Ganson, "Early American Woman Aviators 1910-1920"
4. Whitney Grespin, "The  use of civilian contractors to deliver military training in overseas environments, mainly Afghan case studies"
5. Barbara Rose Johnston, "Environmental justice in the Marshall Islands, and right to reparation after the 1950s nuclear tests"

Monday, May 29
7:30 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Departure for field trips: All go to Pt. Lobos with Tanya Atwater, for a walking tour of this stunningly beautiful landscape, learning about the exceptional flora, fauna, and geology. After 1 ½ hours, the group divides; 25 people stay for an extended tour with Tanya.

10:45 am  The second group departs for the home of Jeanne Adams in Carmel Highlands, to view the Ansel Adams home and photography collection

12:15 pm  Buses at Jeanne’s home depart for lunch at Asilomar

12:30 pm  Box Lunch at Pt. Lobos for the group staying with Tanya

Pre-Triennial Tours
Sonoma Valley
Wednesday-Thursday, May 24-25
Early flight arrival by 10:30-11:30 am recommended. SFO to Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley, travel time 1.5 – 2 hours. Early arrivals may enjoy lunch in local Glen Ellen cafes or picnic in Jack London Lodge’s creek-side garden.

Our visit begins Wednesday, 3:00 pm at Quarry Hill, one of the world’s pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens, a 25-acre woodland garden cradled in the Mayacamas Mountains with plants grown from seed collected in the wilds of Asia for conservation, research, and education purposes – a “modern ark” preserving rapidly disappearing species.  We shall tour on foot or by cart with executive director, Bill McNamera (pending 2017 Asian collecting expeditions) followed by a visit to nearby MacLeod Family Vineyard, private tasting/food pairing with host, Patriarch George MacLeod, a charmer at 96, who’s worked the land since 1978, and other family members. Gold medal wines; platinum medal hosts.   “Deck Supper’’ at the mountain home of SWG member Linda Liscom.  The next morning we visit Jack London State Park, a two-hour walking tour (cart option) of the diverse landscape, historic buildings, and cultural legacy of Jack London led by former park education director, “The Adventurous Life of Jack London and his wife, Charmian.”  We’ll share a picnic on Jack’s and Charmian’s cottage terrace, overlooking Jack’s vineyard, featuring Jack’s favorite foods with a glass of Wolf Zinfandel from Jack’s nearby vines.  One valley southwest, at Bennett Valley’s Glen Lyon mountain vineyard, we’ll be robustly welcomed by owner/grower/winemaker/viticulturist, historian Squire Friedell for a private estate tour and tasting. Dinner at local restaurant. 

San Francisco
Thursday May 25, 10 am-4 pm
We shall meet at the Ferry Building on the Bay, mecca for local produce and delicacies. From there take an antique tram to Fisherman’s Wharf (10 min.), see the sea lions, and board the Hop On-Hop Off Tour Bus for a narrated tour through the City, through North Beach, Union Square, Civic Center, and Haight Ashbury to Golden Gate Park and the Fine Arts Museum.  Lunch at the museum, followed by a tour of highlights of the museum, led by SWG member Edith Freeman.  Optional activities from 2:45: visit one of the attractions next to the Fine Arts Museum: the Academy of Science, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, or the Japanese Tea Garden; or get back on the Tour Bus to Golden Gate Bridge and further explorations of the City; or take the Metro downtown to the Asian Art Museum or the SF Museum of Modern Art.

Thursday, May 25, 10 am-4 pm
We shall meet downtown for a morning architectural and history walking tour of downtown Berkeley and beyond, focusing on the architecture of Julia Morgan, Bernard Maybeck, and others, led by a Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association guide.  Lunch at a local restaurant.  In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and other UC campus buildings, or the Berkeley Museum of Art.  The Berkeley host committee will help participants plan visits to the Paleontology Museum, UC Botanical Garden, and other attractions.

Thursday, May 26, 6 pm
Open to all
Potluck at Laura Nader’s house, 1854 San Juan Avenue, Berkeley.

Post-Triennial Tour:
The Big Sur Coast
Monday, May 29
Depart after lunch for a scenic drive south along Highway 1, the Big Sur coast, with photo stops along the way. At 5:30 enjoy a no-host dinner at the renowned Nepenthe Restaurant on the Big Sur cliffs. 

About the Triennial
The Society’s three-day international conferences are held every three years in different locations. These intellectually stimulating events offer diverse experiences that give members an opportunity to explore a region, network, and conduct Society business. Presentations by Members reflect each Triennial’s particular theme. The Triennials are an opportunity for Members who live far apart to get to know each other. It is also at this occasion that the Society bestows Awards upon its distinguished members.

The most recent triennial was held May 23-25, 2014, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the theme "Transformations."

Student members, new members, and long-time members presented sessions featuring transformations in agriculture, communications and education in the information age, and cultural transformations over time. SWGers traveled to Pittsburgh from the Arctic and the Antarctic, from the islands of Malaysia and from Trinidad, and from both the desert of the Southwest U.S. and the American Heartland.

Previous Triennials included:

  • 2014 — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2011 — Boulder, Colorado
  • 2008 — Chicago, Illinois
  • 2005 — Savannah, Georgia
  • 2002 — Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1999 — Sanibel Island, Florida
  • 1996 — Coolfont Resort, Berkley Springs, West Virginia
  • 1993 — Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, California
  • 1990 — Washington, DC
  • 1987 — New York
  • 1984 — Washington, DC
  • 1981 — New York


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