ASLE Spotlight is as program that features the range of wonderful work our members continue to produce in the environmental humanities. The series will be offered both in live video format with audience, and in a recorded format for viewing and listening afterward, occurring monthly this fall. We presently anticipate three or four Spotlight episodes.
As in past years, each event will:feature moderated conversations with authors/creators of work chosen for thematic coherence across diverse media such as books, films, web projects, exhibits, etc.; include both ...
This episode was recorded Friday, June 10, 2022
Co-Hosts: Suzanne Roberts and Ryan HedigerFEATURED GUESTS/WORKS:
Kazim Ali, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water
Kazim Ali’s memoir of growing up on unceded First Nations land in Northern Manitoba reflects on responsibility, memory, immigration, and environmental justice. The child of South Asian migrants, Kazim Ali was born in London, lived as a child in the cities and small towns of Manitoba, and made a life in the United States. As a man passing through disparate ...
This episode was recorded Friday, May 20, 2022
Co-Hosts: Gisela Heffes and George HandleyFEATURED GUESTS/WORKS:
Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Listen, we all bleed.
In the literary essay collection Listen, we all bleed, radical artists from around the world use recordings of nonhuman voices to plead for an end to violence against nonhuman animals. The essays, novelistic and acutely personal, listen to fishes, whales, coyotes, elephants, chickens, and more. Central to this work is the importance of listening—just listening—as a creative effort that’s also an activist act. An EcoLit ...
This episode was recorded Friday, April 22, 2022
Co-Hosts: Matt Henry and Jennifer LadinoFEATURED GUESTS/WORKS:
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion
Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion examines the rise of large-scale industrial mining in the British imperial world and considers how literature from the 1830s to the 1930s reckoned with a new vision of extraction-based life. The threatening horizon of resource exhaustion worked its way into narrative form as part of the discursive and imaginative process ...
This episode was recorded Friday, March 18, 2022
Co-Hosts: Brandon Galm and Joshua CalhounFEATURED GUESTS/WORKS:
Janisse Ray, Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonder in a World Beyond Humans (Use code ASLE25 valid now through 4/15/22 for a 25% discount)
Looking to honor life on earth, Janisse Ray has repeatedly immersed herself in wildness. From overwintering with butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, her stories capture the joys of heart-pounding amazement, reflect on the sights of explorers like Bartram and Sacagawea, and document experiences rare in an ...
This episode was recorded Friday, June 11, 2021. Guest Charles Pigott gratefully acknowledges the support of the Leverhulme Trust (Early Career Fellowship) and the Isaac Newton Trust.
Co-Hosts: Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Gisela HeffesFeatured Guests/Works:
Scott Edward Anderson, Azorean Suite: A Poem of the Moment/Suite Açoriana: Um Poema do Momento
“One can be born on an island in two ways,” wrote the poet and novelist Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto. “From the body of a woman or from the radiance of sensibility.” In this bilingual, book-length poem, Azorean Suite/Suite Açoriana, ...
This episode was recorded Friday, May 14, 2021
Co-Hosts: April Anson, Rahul MukherjeeFeatured Guests/Works:
Hsuan L. Hsu, The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics
Smell has long been spurned by Western aesthetics as a lesser sense for its qualities of subjectivity, volatility, and materiality. But it is these very qualities that make olfaction a vital tool for sensing and staging environmental risk and inequality. Unlike the other senses, smell extends across space and reaches into our bodies. Hsu traces how writers, artists, and activists ...
This episode was recorded on Friday, April 16, 2021
Co-Hosts: Bethany Wiggin, Melody JueFeatured Guests/Works:
Steve Mentz, Ocean
The ocean comprises the largest object on our planet. Retelling human history from an oceanic rather than terrestrial point of view unsettles our relationship with the more than human world. Human engagements with the world’s ocean can be destructive, as with today’s deluges of plastic trash and acidification, but the mismatch between small bodies and vast seas also emphasizes the frailty and resilience of human experience. From ancient ...
This episode was recorded on Friday, March 19, 2021
Co-Hosts: Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Heather SwanFeatured Guests/Works:
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
World of Wonders is the New York Times bestselling collection of illustrated nature essays celebrating the way plants and animals can teach, support, and inspire us, and about the lessons learned growing up as an Asian American woman. The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to ...