Workshops & Seminars


ASLE is pleased to list workshops or seminars that may be of interest to our members.  To post a listing for your event here, please send relevant information to the ASLE Managing Director, including registration deadlines and contact information.


March 4, 2014.  NEH Summer Institute for Faculty at Mystic Seaport.  The Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport invites college and univserity teachers to participate in its five-week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, “The American Maritime People” from June 23-July 25, 2014. A $3900 stipend from the NEH to support travel and other expenses associated with the institute being held at Mystic Seaport. The faculty will include leaders in their field: Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, W. Jeffrey Bolster, James T. Carlton, John B. Hattendorf, John Odin Jensen, Timothy Lynch, Matthew Mackenzie, I. Roderick Mather, Lisa Norling, Marcus Rediker, Helen Rozwadowski, Eric Roorda and Daniel Vickers.

This, the fifth NEH Institute at the Munson Institute, will build on the latest research in studies of the sea, which has recently been the focus of increasing scholarly interest. In a series of seminars, “The American Maritime People” will employ interdisciplinary perspectives on American maritime studies, with an emphasis on the most recent social, cultural, and ecological approaches. The NEH institute will give college teachers the opportunity to enhance course offerings by studying the influence of maritime activities on U.S. history and culture.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2014. For more information, please visit our website at



Application Deadline April 1, 2014.  Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, June 9-15, 2014.  In June 2014, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Orion magazine, and the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College will co-sponsor the first-ever Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference. From June 9-15, poets and prose writers committed to writing about nature and the environment will gather on the Bread Loaf Campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont to participate in workshops and attend lectures, classes, and readings as well as meet with editors, agents, and publishers. Bread Loaf Orion is designed for writers who seek to become better advocates for the environment through their writing; for poets who are drawn to writing about the natural world; for teachers and scholars who wish to write for a more general readership; and for environmental professionals who want to bring better writing skills to bear on their work. For individuals who are interested in learning more about environmental and nature writing but who do not wish to workshop their writing, there is also an auditing option available.

Acclaimed nature and environmental writers Rick Bass, Jane Brox, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Camille Dungy, Maurice Manning and Alan Weisman will comprise the faculty.  Between them, conference faculty include two finalists for the National Book Critic Circle's Award, one finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an American Book Award winner, and the winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Their articles and poems have appeared in the foremost environmental, literary and general publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Audubon, Norton Book of Nature Writing, Best American Essays, the New Yorker, Orion, Shenandoah, Poetry and American Poetry Review. This unique conference will incorporate the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference model of small, focused workshops coupled with specialized classes that concentrate on the craft of writing.

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April 15, 2014. International Poetry Seminar/Poetry Lab, "Flow and Fracture from North America to Europe and Beyond:Reflections, Refractions and Diffractions within the Ecopoetic Avant-Garde." 4-5 December 2014, Maison des Arts de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Franca BELLARSI (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Chad WEIDNER (UCR Utrecht University, Middelburg, The Netherlands)

Open to both scholars and practising poets, this two-day international Poetry Lab will precisely be devoted to the waves of reflection, refraction, and diffraction occurring between contemporary hubs of experimental ecopoetry and ecopoetics. British poet and anthologist Harriet TARLO, Canadian eco-science poet and interdisciplinary scholar Mari-Lou ROWLEY, and US poet Jonathan SKINNER, editor of the ecopoetics journal, are the three keynote speakers who, in both dialogue and counterpoint, will inspire the poetic travail of this two-day international seminar hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and its Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, with the support of the Academic Core Department of UCR Utrecht University, Middelburg.

Please send 20-min-talk abstracts (up to 500 words) and a short bio to
Dr. Franca Bellarsi
Dept. of Languages and Literatures
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2014.  Full information and CFP at: