My time in the Windy City for AAG ~ Fatima Barry
Before beginning, I would like to first thank ESPP for providing part of the funds needed for my trip to the Association for American Geographers’ (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago this April. It was a great few days for me to network with other geographers in my specialization and to present some of my preliminary dissertation work. My presentation took place on the second day of the conference, which was great because it would allow me to focus on meeting people and attending various sessions in the days that followed. My presentation was titled, “The Oil Industry & Social Inequality – Understanding the Research Needs of Rural Communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.” I visited the Niger Delta in 2013 and 2014 with funding from the College of Social Science Research Fellowship and the Geography Department to obtain information on whether it is feasible to conduct research in the region during my proposed time frame and to understand what the research needs are.