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AP Human Geography Academy


June 27, 2017

Presenter Topic Time
Paul Gray Intro 8:00-10:00
Dr. Peter Hotez Tropical Diseases 10:00-11:00
Paul Gray Applying what we will learn this week 11:00-12:00
  LUNCH 12:00-1:00
Al Rendl and Lisa Sagstetter – North Harris County Regional Water Authority Securing Water for Today and Tomorrow  

Water Procurement and infrastructure in North Harris County



June 28, 2017

Presenter Topic Time
Dr. Krista Comer Gender, Women, Geography 8:00-11:00
  LUNCH 12:00-1:00
Greg Sherwin Language and Linguistic Profiling: Getting beyond definitions and how to develop FRQ skills without using FRQs 1:00-3:30


June 29, 2017

Presenter Topic Time
Greg Sherwin The world is your classroom: How to
use it as an ever evolving student field study
  LUNCH 12:00-1:00
Dr. Seth Dixon Teaching Geography in the Era of Globalization: Answering the Questions the Matter 1:00-3:30


June 30, 2017

Presenter Topic Time
Dr. Seth Dixon The Geography of Food: Not Just Unit 5 8:00-11:00
  LUNCH 12:00-1:00
Paul Gray Course Articulation and Applying the Articulation 1:00-3:00
Paul Gray Course Evaluation and Closing 3:00-3:30



Dr. Peter Hotez is the Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty. He is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also chief of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is the president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.

Hotez is an internationally recognized physician-scientist with expertise in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006, he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people.

He is the author of more than 300 original papers and the acclaimed book “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases” (ASM Press). Hotez previously served as president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and as founding editor-in-chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the World Health Organization. In 2015, the White House and U.S. State Department selected Hotez as a United States science envoy. He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa), followed by a Ph.D. in biochemical parasitology from Rockefeller University in 1986 and an M.D. from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987.  

Al Rendl is President, Board of Directors for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. He and his wife Janice, have lived in Ponderosa Forest for 38 years. Their adult children and three grandchildren also live in the community. He was a career executive with Exxon and retired after 35 years with the company. Al led the fight during the 1997 and 1999 Texas Legislative sessions to pass responsible legislation to give north Harris County voters control over their own future water supplies. Rendl worked with legislators all over the state to stop abusive city annexations, as happened in Kingwood, and has been involved in regional water issues for many years. Al served as a WCID #91 director for 16 years and as that group’s president; he was chairman of the North Harris County Water Issues and Annexation Reform Group; a director of the North Harris County Water Users Association; and as president of the Spirit of North Harris County Coalition. Al emphasizes a regional approach to managing our future water supplies.

Lisa Sagstetter, a native Houstonian, is Community Relations Coordinator for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority.  She has worked for the Authority since 2000 and is responsible for communicating with area residents. Lisa responds to inquiries and requests generated through the NHCRWA website, and coordinates scheduling of the Authority’s education mobile resources. Serving as liaison with the MUDs, she arranges support for their community events by providing a wealth of water conservation literature and branded materials.

Lisa coordinates the Authority’s MUD workshops and briefings, and serves as the point of contact for attendees and presenters. In this role, she maintains an extensive inventory of water conservation and education materials available to the MUDs for distribution to their customers. For more than a decade, Lisa has assisted NHCRWA President Alan Rendl with community outreach efforts and helps to update and maintain the PowerPoints used in these presentations.

Dr. Krista Comer is a scholar of contemporary literature and cultural politics with interdisciplinary interests in problems of place, space and their theorization. Her books include Landscapes of the New West: Gender and Geography in Contemporary Women’s Writing (1999), and Surfer Girls in the New World Order (2010). She guest edited the 2013 Spring/Summer double special issue of Western American Literature, highlighting innovative conceptual work from junior scholars. Professor Comer has published widely, including recent essays addressing Global Wests and settler colonialism, feminist place-based worlding projects, public scholarship and critical ethnography, and feminist critical regionalism. She has also written about questions of history in literature and critical theory, US Civil Rights literatures and post-Civil Rights spatial imaginations, feminist environmentalism, and issues of youth politics and girls’ communities under neoliberalism.

In 2014, Professor Comer co-founded the Institute for Women Surfers (IWS), a grassroots educational initiative in the Public Humanities. IWS brings together activist women surfers and their allies to create spaces of peer teaching, learning, and mutual aid. Her current book-in-progress, Feminist States of Critical Regionalism, synthesizes the IWS Public Humanities work in activist surfing with studies in contemporary literature and film to investigate new democratic geographies and state imaginaries of feminist storytelling.

Professor Comer teaches literature, culture, and theory courses with an emphasis in interdisciplinary approaches informed by critical race, indigenous, and feminist thought. Recent courses include the US West and its Others/Borders, Asian American Cultural Forms, Literatures of Diaspora in the Américas, Feminist Engaged Research Methodologies, and Matters of Space (thinking through place ethics under globalization). Upcoming: literatures of environmental justice (via Houston/Monterrey, Mexico/San Francisco), and a seminar entitled “How Do Literature Professors ‘do’ Public Humanities?” She works closely with the American Studies Association and the Western Literature Association (WLA), serving as WLA president in 2003.

Greg Sherwin teaches AP Human Geography at Adlai E. Stevenson High School located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He served on the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee (2002-2006). In 2007, he co-authored the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide and published by the College Board.  He has presented topics for the College Board on AP Human Geography at conferences and workshops throughout the country and in Scotland and Australia. 

Most recently, he co-authored the 10th and 11th editions of Advanced Placement Study Guide for Human Geography: People, Place and Culture.   In 2015, Mr. Sherwin received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geography Education (NCGE).  He also is a co-founder of iScore5™ apps and worked with 30 other AP Human Geography teachers who value technology to create an app to prepare students for the AP Human Geography exam.  Greg is also a College Board consultant and trains teachers in Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for Human Geography.

Dr. Seth Dixon is a geography professor at Rhode Island College within the Political Science Department and serves as the coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance.  In 2011, he started blogging as a way to share geography education resources to with other educators.  He has been an APHG reader since 2005 and will be the Chief Reader 2018-2021.  Having earned geography degrees at Pennsylvania State University and Brigham Young University, he has researched the cultural and historical geographies of Mexico City’s monuments. He can most easily be followed and reached via Twitter or Instagram @ProfessorDixon.