2021 SEDAAG Meeting and Travel Information

Join us for the the 2021 SEDAAG Annual Meeting in Florence, Alabama on Nov 21-22, 2021. Thank you to our host, the University of North Alabama. Come explore the Alabama Shoals with us!

Meeting registration is now available through the AAG: 2021 SEDAAG Registration 

Student Funding

Thanks to funding awarded to SEDAAG from the AAG, we are able to offer a limited number of student registration waivers for in-person participation at the SEDAAG 2021 Annual Meeting.  Students must be current SEDAAG members, and be presenting a paper, a poster, or participating on a Geography Bowl team. Financial need is not a requirement for a waiver, however, if you do have a financial need (i.e., your department is not allotting funds for student travel due to COVID), please describe it in the application.

2021 SEDAAG Meeting Student Registration Fee Waiver

Additionally, the IDEAL Geographer (Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, Accessible and Learning) Committee has the opportunity to award 18 free registrations to students for the American Association of Geographers, Southeastern Division (SEDAAG) conference. You will need to provide a short (less than 300 word) explanation about why you are a deserving recipient.  Applicants will be informed of their award status by October 20th, 2021.
SEDAAG Registration Scholarships: IDEAL Committee – Google Forms

The Application Deadline for the IDEAL student registration waiver is October 17th.

Conference Hotel and Travel Information

The conference will be hosted at the beautiful Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

The SEDAAG Meeting Rate at the Marriott is $139 per night and you can book a room using this link. The last day to book a room using this group rate is October 20th so book soon!

All images courtesy of Marriott

THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE AND THE SHOALS

Visit the childhood home of Hellen Keller in nearby Tuscumbia (~10 minutes from conference hotel).

The Shoals have a long musical heritage dating back to the 1960s, visit a number of historic recording studios in the area including FAME Recording Studios which has hosted Etta James, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, along with modern day talent such as Jason Isbell and Alicia Keys. They offer tours M-Sat. Located at: 603 East Avalon Avenue Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 (~12 minutes from hotel)

Explore the long history of the Tennessee River Valley at Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, which include the Florence Indian Mound and Museum.

Visit downtown Florence and enjoy the restaurants and shops.

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PLACES TO EAT

Brooks Barbeque – Alabama knows how to do BBQ and Brooks is one of the best, recently being inducted into the Alabama BBQ Hall of Fame (10 min drive from hotel in Muscle Shoals, directions).

Rosie’s Mexican Cantina – Vegetarians and Meat-eaters alike can find delicious grub between conference sessions  (8 min drive from hotel in Downtown Florence, directions)

Big Bad Breakfast – Need a good Southern-style breakfast? This is the spot (8 min drive from hotel in downtown Florence, directions)

Stanfield’s River Bottom Grille – located on the banks of the Tennessee River, this is the only floating restaurant in the area, they are serving up American and Seafood cuisine (9 min drive from hotel at the Florence Harbor Marina, directions)

PLACES TO GATHER

Rivertown Coffee – grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie at this local joint. Also, open late (11 PM) with breakfast, lunch, and dinner food menus (8 min drive from hotel in Downtown Florence, directions).

Wildwood Tavern – Diverse food menu including hot dogs and flatbread but also an extensive craft beer and wine list. Where else can you eat and drink on the outdoor patio and play skeeball, pinball, and shuffleboard? Sounds like a fun time (9 min drive from hotel in Downtown Florence, directions)

Dandelion and Co – an extensive tea menu is offered as the small, quaint shop in Downtown Florence (9 min drive from hotel, directions)

Singin River Brewery – a local craft brewery with a patio, conveniently located 2 miles from the conference site (directions).

Carriage Wine and Market – a wine bar with cheese plate options (8 min drive from hotel in Downtown Florence, directions)