ASLE EcoCast

Episode 7: Living to Tell a Tale: Stories of Risk and Adventure with Kristin J. Jacobson

ASLE EcoCast kicks off the new year with an episode talking with Kristin J. Jacobson, Professor of American Literature at Stockton University to discuss her recent book The American Adrenaline Narrative. Jemma gets the adventure rolling with the Root Words on, well, adventure, and what follows is a thrilling conversation on the connections between these narratives, environmental consciousness, and toxic masculinity.

Find Kristin on Twitter: @drkj

The American Adrenaline Narrative is available through the University of Georgia Press

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Episode 6: Thinking with Trees: Poetry and Conversation with Jason-Allen Paisant

In this month’s episode, Jemma and Brandon talk with Jason-Allen Paisant, poet and Director of the Institute for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies at the University of Leeds, and use the connection between writing and trees to discuss his poetry that engages with environmental concerns, time, and Black identity.

His first full length book of poems, Thinking with Trees, will be released June 2021.

Find Jason on Twitter: @jallenpaisant

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Episode 5: Forest Rhythms: The Hip Hop Environmentalism of Thomas Rashad Easley

In this month’s episode, Jemma and Brandon sit down with Thomas Rashad Easley, Hip Hop artist and Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of the Environment. He uses what he calls “Hip Hop Forestry” as a means to creatively address issues of environmental justice and inclusion—both within and outside of academia.

Find Easley at his Website: rashadeasley.com or on Twitter/Instagram: @RashadEas

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Episode 4: Ashes to Ashes: Poetry and Conversations with Cheryl J. Fish

This month Jemma and Brandon sit down (virtually, of course) with scholar, fiction writer, and poet Cheryl J. Fish to discuss her most recent book of poetry, Crater & Tower. This collection explores questions of trauma, memory, and environmental justice by considering the 1980 Mt. St. Helen’s eruption in conjunction with September 11, 2001.

Cheryl’s Website: http://www.cheryljfish.com/home

Twitter: @CherylJoyFish

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Episode 3: Changing the Anthropo-scene: Una Chaudhuri and Eco-Theatre

Una Becoming Penguin. Image Credit: Marina Zurkow

This month Jemma and Brandon have a wonderful conversation with Una Chaudhuri, Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University, and the Director of NYU’s XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement. They discuss Una’s work in the early development of eco-theatre as a field of study, the ways that theatre is uniquely suited to engage with environmental concerns, and her ongoing Dear Climate project.

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Episode 2: Justice Matters

In this episode, Jemma and Brandon have a conversation with Bénédicte Boisseron, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at University of Michigan, and author of Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question. Building off the Root Word “matter,” they discuss Bénédicte’s scholarship—situated at the intersection of animal studies and racial justice—and the implications for our present moment.

Afro-Dog is available here: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/afro-dog/9780231186650

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Episode 1: Forming Roots, Sowing Seeds

In the pilot episode, co-hosts Jemma and Brandon introduce themselves, the podcast, and have a discussion about what’s happening in the world during Summer 2020 and how this podcast hopes to serve as a medium for all voices to be heard and shared. They also talk about some of the benefits of #nearlycarbonneutral online conferences, in light of @ASLE_US‘s “Humanities on the Brink” July 2020 virtual symposium.

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Special Episode: Interview with Scott Slovic

Scott Slovic, photo by Susan Bender

Scott Slovic, editor of ASLE’s journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) for the past 25 years, joins Jemma and Brandon to discuss his career, environmental studies past and future, and his upcoming retirement from the position.

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Recorded June 24, 2020.  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0