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The Pond in the Park: An Indic Tale on Southeast Asian Spiritualisms and Ecology

McIntyre Amy

ASLE member Uma Jayaraman has made a video of a performance that she also gave at the 2015 ASLE Conference as part of the panel entitled “Resistances and Emergences.” “The Pond in the Park” is set in present day Singapore, and focuses on human estrangement from Nature. This eco-spiritual tale is narrated in the amalgamated styles of Dastaan and Kathakaalakshebam, two ancient forms of popular storytelling in South Asian cultures. Jayaraman is a creative writer and artist, who has scripted and directed six ...

Universities Make ‘Cli-fi’ Dreams Come True

McIntyre Amy

Click to peruse this Huffington Post piece about the rise in cli-fi literature and environmental humanities courses being taught at the University of Oregon, UC Santa Barbara, and elsewhere. Original article reprinted below.

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

Students and professors worldwide are pushing the frontier of climate change research farther than ever this summer exhibiting their solar habitats at the Solar Decathalon, ...

IPCC climate change report

McIntyre Amy

Click to listen to Stephanie LeMenager, professor of English at the University of Oregon, who was interviewed on the CBC radio program The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti about the role of the arts and humanities in climate change response. Podcast and summary summary reposted below.

Find out how “The Day After Tomorrow” and other apocalyptic fiction can help with the hard reality of climate change in Checking-In today. And when we aired some of Dennis Saddleman’s gripping poem “Monster” the reaction was overwhelming, ...

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change

McIntyre Amy

Click to read Richard Pérez-Peña’s article in the New York Times, “College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change” featuring professor Stephanie LeManager’s “The Cultures of Climate Change” class at the University of Oregon. Original article reprinted below.

EUGENE, Ore. — University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.

The goal of this class, however, is not to ...