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May 3, 2021

STATES OF EMERGENCY: COVID, CLIMATE, CRISIS (SAMLA 2021 ASLE affiliated panel)

SAMLA 2021: November 4–6, 2021

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center Atlanta, Georgia

For the past year, the world has been in the grasp of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as climate change continues to bear destructive fruit in the form of environmental degradation and extreme weather events. In fact, deforestation and human encroachment is widely held to be a major contributing factor to the initial emergence of COVID-19 in humans. Adding to these crises, social unrest continues to erupt across the globe, from protests against ...

Fernando Varela: May 2021 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for May 2021 is Fernando Varela. 

Fernando Varela is currently finishing his doctoral degree in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He defended his dissertation with honors on April 1. His professional interests include hemispheric studies, critical race studies, ecocriticism, and environmental humanities. Starting August 2021, Fernando will be an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX).

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

In a way, my personal background ...