ASLE is very pleased to announce that our next Biennial Conference will be held at University of California, Davis, from June 25-29, 2019. We look forward to visiting the Sacramento Valley region, and to the first ASLE biennial conference ever in the state of California. The organizing team from UC Davis will be led by faculty member Mike Ziser, and the committee will be planning a diverse array of activities to enrich the experience of attendees. Look for a Call for Papers next summer, and more details here on our conference page as they develop.
Since its founding in 1908, UC Davis has been known for its academics and commitment to sustainability. They remain dedicated to solving issues related to food, health, the environment and society.
The 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. Sacramento, the state capital, is 20 minutes away, and natural and cultural destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.
I first attended and presented at ASLE at the 2009 conference in Victoria, BC. At the time, I was a Master’s student and didn’t yet know whether I wanted to pursue studies in the field of environmental literature, or even a career in academia more broadly. After five days of amazing conference panels, intellectually stimulating conversations, and fun hiking adventures, I was certain that I had chosen the right field and the right profession. Now, attending ASLE conferences truly feels like coming home. I would not be where I am today without ASLE, an organization that is welcoming of all perspectives, all methodologies, and scholars at all stages of their careers. – Stephen Siperstein (English Teacher, Choate Rosemary Hall)