In Memoriam: Dr. Annette Kolodny, 1941-2019

By Amy Hamilton, Northern Michigan University

Dr. Annette Kolodny, a leading voice in Early American literary studies and a founding ecofeminist scholar, died on September 11, 2019 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Kolodny’s work has inspired countless ASLE members, and she was also a friend, teacher, and mentor to many of us in the field. Her loss will be deeply felt.

She received her BA from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1962, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. In ...

In Memoriam: Richard K. Nelson (1941-2019)

By Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, ISLE Editor

Richard K. Nelson, known to his many friends in community of environmental writers as “Nels,” died on November 4, 2019, having asked that he spend his final minutes, after being taken off of life support, listening to the recorded sound of ravens. For those familiar with Nels’s life and work, such a request was fully in keeping with his tremendous passion for the natural world, especially for animals, and most especially for ravens and other animals ...

ASLE Invites Submissions for New Teaching Resources Database

To assist educators concerned about questions of environment, sustainability, climate, and justice, we have recently created the ASLE Teaching Resources Database.  We are seeking contributions of all types of pedagogical materials, including syllabi, major course assignments, in-class exercises, service learning projects, etc., in PDF format.

The Teaching Resources Database is designed as a hub for sharing teaching materials related to the environmental humanities and learning from the teaching of others. The Database is searchable, open-access, and crowdsourced. It is designed to collect and make ...

ASLE Seeks Candidates for Elected and Appointed Leadership Positions

As a small nonprofit organization, ASLE relies on the participation of our members in the governing and operations of our association. Serving on our leadership team gives you an opportunity to give back to the organization, and to help shape our future direction and mission.

Elected Positions

ASLE will be holding elections this fall for President, two open Executive Council seats (one designated for the Contingent/Independent Advocacy representative), Diversity Officer, and Graduate Student Liaison (junior). Online voting will be conducted during the month of November.

If you ...

Call for Proposals: Organize an ASLE Virtual Off-Year Symposium for 2020

ASLE seeks proposals to organize and “host” a virtual conference in 2020, similar to our first Nearly Carbon Neutral off-Year Symposium in 2018, entitled A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene.  We are open to any thematic ideas that will encompass current trends in the environmental humanities.

We realize that an online-only symposium is a different animal than planning a traditional conference. Last year’s event was a collaboration between ASLE, which provided funding for keynote speakers, publicity, and processed registrations, and UC Santa Barbara, ...

Report on the 2019 Environmental Literature Institute

by Stephen Siperstein, Choate Rosemary Hall

The fourth annual Environmental Literature Institute at Philips Exeter Academy (NH) prepared secondary and higher education teachers to incorporate the environmental humanities into their classes, programs, and institutions. Twenty educators from twelve states and British Columbia and from a range of institutions and educational contexts attended this year’s institute. During a week of workshops, presentations, field-trips, and community-building events, participants explored, among other topics: climate change education, environmental justice, place-based learning, and the confluence of environmental poetry and ...

ASLE Inducts Four New Honorary Members

During the 2019 ASLE Biennial Conference in June, ASLE recognized four leading scholars in the environmental humanities by awarding them with honorary membership status in our association. Recipients were chosen for this honor because of their contributions to ASLE and/or literature and environmental studies. They have significantly enriched those familiar with their work, and their lifetime memberships are a small but sincere token of ASLE’s gratitude to them. The recipients are Michael Branch, Camille Dungy, Ursula Heise and Mark Long.

Ursula Heise, ...

ASLE Community Grant Awarded to #ClimateUprising


ASLE is pleased to announce that #ClimateUprising has been awarded a 2019 Community Grant of $5000, to fund the editing and completion of a film about activism that came out of the 2018 Camp Fire. Projects foreground the intersection between the role of representation and rhetoric and local efforts to address issues of environmental degradation and injustice, as well as engage with at least one of the following objectives: community-based research, civic participation, social/environmental justice, and educational or ...

Keeping ISLE Afloat in Troubled Academic Waters

By Elizabeth Dodd, ASLE Mentoring Co-Coordinator, University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University, and Sara Kearns, Academic Services Librarian, Kansas State University

Although the field of environmental humanities is flourishing intellectually, academic publishing faces increasing financial threats. Many of us in US colleges and universities have watched our libraries cancel periodical subscriptions as cost-cutting efforts. While certain scholarly journals, owned by private, for-profit companies, charge exorbitant subscription costs, lower-cost journals in the humanities often are included in both targeted and across-the-board cuts, despite the modest ...

Statement on EFSLE/FSLE in India and Disaffiliation

For over twenty-five years ASLE has supported the intellectual work of its members around the world. The formation of ASLE-Japan in 1994 signaled an international orientation that continues in our many active affiliates in countries around the world today. These sister organizations represent a wide range of institutions, fields and interests and connect with ASLE and one another to organize lectures, readings and conference panels and to collaborate on projects and initiatives.

ASLE values all these relationships and the dedication of those who nurture ...

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