Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) 2020 Canceled

Poetic fieldwork at the Exeter River with Alison Hawthorne Deming, 2019

Update: Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 institute.

The Environmental Literature Institute (ELI), was to have been held June 21-June 26, 2020 at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter NH.


ELI aims to cultivate a community of educators interested in environmentally-focused teaching and learning. The workshops, speakers, and events of this week-long institute will offer ideas and materials to help participants enrich their teaching as well as networking tools to foster professional development. ELI 2020 will feature a Keynote Address by author and ornithologist Drew Lanham, workshops by climate psychologist Renee Lertzman, and events with other experts in the field.

ELI is open to any middle, secondary, or post-secondary educator. While ELI signals an English-specific approach, it is inclusive of all educational contexts, forms, and disciplines. In the past, we have welcomed teachers from English, Science, Art, Foreign Language, and History Departments. We also welcome Administrators, Sustainability Coordinators, and Outdoor Educators. We believe the discourse is enriched by these multi-disciplinary encounters. To maximize contact time with Institute Leaders and to nurture a collaborative climate, the number of institute participants will be limited to 30.

ELI is a transformative learning experience that aims to expand your thinking about environmental education and revitalize your work with students and colleagues.


Visit the ELI Webpage for detailed information on the week’s structure and events.

Questions? Contact Stephen Siperstein at [email protected] or Jason BreMiller at [email protected].