ASLE Graduate Student Workshop: Public Humanities

May 19, 2022
10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Via Zoom

Please join us virtually for the first of three professional development workshops for ASLE graduate students in 2022. Our first installment will focus on Public Humanities.

Graduate students will hear from other graduate students and early-career faculty about the challenges and rewards of developing such projects, funding opportunities, and suggestions for creating public humanities projects.

Moderated by Lisa Fink, ASLE Senior Graduate Student Liaison.

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Featured Guests/Projects:

  • April Anson, Cassie Galantine, Shane Hall, Alexander Menrisky, & Bruno Seraphin: “Against the Ecofascist Creep” | launching Thursday, May 19
  • Mika Kennedy, “Exiled to Motown” |
  • Jack Kredell and Chris Lamb, “Storying Extinction: Responding to the Loss of North Idaho’s Mountain Caribou” |
  • Celeste Mari Williams, “Queens of Insect Purgatory”: A Play Reading and Panel Discussion with the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA |


Dr. April Anson is an Assistant Professor of Public Humanities at San Diego State University, core faculty for the Institute for Ethics and Public Policy, and affiliate faculty in American Indian Studies. Her research explores the historical and ongoing connections between climate change, white supremacy, and the American environmental imagination while also attending to Indigenous environmental justice traditions that eclipse those relations. Dr. Anson was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in boundary 2, Resilience, Environmental History, Western American Literature, and others. In all, she remains committed to anti-racist and anti-colonial knowledge production and social movements.

Cassie Galantine is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Oregon English department. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University. She is interested in the intersection of environmental justice, medical humanities, and critical race and ethnic studies in U.S. literature and popular culture. Specifically, her current research examines representations of dirt, disease, and racial discourses of hygiene in twentieth-century multiethnic U.S. women’s working-class literature.

Dr. Shane Hall studies how the relationships between racism, militarism, and climate change are represented in U.S. literature and popular culture. He is currently working on a book about the cultural construction of “environmental” and “climate” migrants, and how the figure of these migrants figures centrally in militarized narratives of climate futures. At Salisbury University, Dr. Hall teaches various courses on environmental justice, the environmental humanities, and field studies of the Chesapeake.

Jack Kredell is a PhD student in Environmental Science at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. Areas of interest include environmental history and settler ecological relationships, critical animal studies, climate change, and geospatial narrative. He is currently at work on several GIS-based archival projects that use collaborative storytelling to document and explore environmental change within Idaho and the Western United States.

Chris Lamb is a recent graduate of the English MA program at the University of Idaho where he focused on studies of literature and the environment and environmental humanities more broadly. His research interests include philosophies of space, environmental ethics, extinction studies, critical cartography, digital humanities, and environmental justice. He currently lives in Corvallis, OR.

Dr. Alexander Menrisky is an Assistant Professor in English at the University of Connecticut. Previously, he taught in the Department of English and Communication and the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Departments of English and Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Wild Abandon: American Literature and the Identity Politics of Ecology (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He is currently working on a second book project, tentatively entitled Everyday Ecofascism, which considers casual and systemic, rather than intentional and overt, expressions of white-supremacist, anti-Indigenous, and anti-immigrant thinking in environmental art and politics. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Mosaic, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, ResilienceEdge Effects magazine, and elsewhere. He also curates the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s Teaching Resources Database (submit today!).

Bruno Seraphin is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Cornell University. His research focuses on environmental and climate justice, anti-colonial social movements, and community video production. He lives in Karuk territory in northern California and conducts research on the intersections of wildfire policy and settler colonialism. A settler scholar who grew up on Nipmuc lands, Bruno is an award-winning filmmaker with a BFA in Film and Television from New York University. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Celeste Mari Williams is a playwright and TV animation professional transitioning to a career in conservation. Her ability to communicate and collaborate with people across multiple disciplines champions inclusion, respect, and equity. Celeste’s projects have interwoven arts, science, and social justice to cultivate empathy and emotional connection with humans and wildlife. She has engaged audiences with her recent plays and multimedia projects, which drew parallels between the language and perceptions of “invasive” species and demonizing rhetoric of historically excluded communities.