ASLE News

ASLE Welcomes Newly Elected Vice President and Executive Council Members

Mark Long, ASLE President

Sarah Jaquette Ray

We are pleased to announce the winners of our recent officer elections. Sarah Jaquette Ray (Humboldt State University) will serve as the 2015-16 Vice President. Sarah’s many contributions to ASLE include serving as an ASLE Graduate Student Liaison from 2009-2011 and as host of the 2012 ASLE off-year symposium “Environment, Culture and Place in a Rapidly Changing North” at the University of Southeast Alaska in Juneau, Alaska. In addition, Sarah has for the past two years served on the ASLE ...

A New ASLE Mission and Strategic Plan

Mark Long, ASLE President

Since the ASLE Strategic Plan was approved in 2009 our association has strengthened its organizational structure, enhanced the disciplinary and demographic diversity of our membership, and reaffirmed the core values of equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Following a review of the 2009 Plan at the officers retreat this past spring, and discussions over the summer and fall, the Executive Council of ASLE has approved the 2014 Strategic Plan.

The 2014 Plan includes a new mission statement for our association:

The mission of the Association for the ...

ASLE Joins AWP as Writers’ Conferences & Centers Member

In November, ASLE became a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) through its Writers’ Conferences & Centers program.  AWP is a larger organization that provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing. We are excited about this opportunity to affiliate with them, and hope to increase the awareness of ASLE with AWP members, but more importantly create more ways for ASLE to connect with and support creative writers.

Our WC&C Membership includes benefits such as ...

Land Ethic Research and Application Center Established by ASLE Member in Turkey

Ufuk Özdağ

ASLE member Ufuk Özdağ has recently established Land Ethic Research and Application Center at her home institution, Hacettepe University, Ankara (Turkey) and was appointed the Director of the Center on November 5, 2014. Ufuk had attended Aldo Leopold Foundation’s LEL program back in 2010, and had become a land ethic leader. Under Ufuk’s direction the Center will work internationally to enhance a culture that puts Leopold’s vision of a land ethic at the core of decision making. Ufuk is ...

Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities Forum at MLA

MLA 2015 will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA) has approved the creation of a new forum for Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities. The first official sessions of the forum will take place at the 2016 MLA convention in Austin, Texas. The forum proposal was drafted and submitted by Sharon O¹Dair (University of Alabama) who is a member of the Founding Executive Committee that includes professor Stacy Alaimo (University of Texas at Arlington), professor ...

A Report on the 2014 ASLE Officer’s Retreat

Mark Long, ASLE President
Camp Glen Brook, a 250 acre working farm above the village of Marlborough, was the site for the 2014 ASLE leadership retreat: a weekend of meetings, meals and muddy walks in the fields and forests of New Hampshire.

Report from ASLEC-ANZ

At ASLEC-ANZ we are very busy organizing our 5th biennial conference, "Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions," to be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, June 19-21.

Ecocriticism Session at ALA 2013

Mark Long, ASLE President
The American Literature Association, a coalition of societies devoted to the study of American authors, gathered on a rainy spring weekend in Boston, Massachusetts, for its 22nd annual conference, May 23-25. The ASLE session I organized for the 2013 conference, "Narrative Ecologies: Contemporary American Fiction and the Environment," focused on American fiction by three presenters who live and work outside the United States.