Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter


Join us for the 2nd annual Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter!

A message from Jason BreMiller, Director

Welcome to the Exeter Environmental Literature Institute—the first institute of its kind dedicated solely to secondary school environmental humanities teachers. I’m thrilled by the prospects for this year’s conference, including a pantheon of leaders in the field and extraordinary sponsors that promise to make our time together exceedingly productive, useful, and inspiring. Please spend a few minutes browsing the information we’ve gathered about the Institute, including links to our support organizations and various teacher resources, including this year’s installment of Literature and the Land. If I can answer any further questions about ELI, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. I believe wholeheartedly that this event represents an extraordinary opportunity to deepen your students’ experiences in your course in ways that will nurture the next generation of environmentally attentive and literate students. I hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017

This week-long conference, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), is designed to establish a community of teachers working in the environmental humanities.

The institute will offer ideas and materials for participants to build and refine their courses and networking tools that will foster this professional development work. Our vision for participants is to experience the time and space to create and refine—through conversation, presentations, and experiences—your course and the resources that support it. If you are looking to build a new course from the ground up; if you’ve ever craved the opportunity to connect with other teachers of environmental humanities courses; or if you are interested in refining curriculum for (or sharing expertise in) an existing course, then the ELI is for you.

Institute Structure

In order to optimize contact time with Institute Leaders and to nurture a creative, idea-inspiring climate, the number of institute participants will be limited to 26. The daily schedule will include the following:

Morning Activities:  You will have the opportunity to participate in morning physical or reflective activities such as hiking, yoga, mountain biking, paddling, and more.

Daily Sessions:  The core of ELI will be comprised of daily topical learning sessions. These sessions will include presentations by group leaders and Institute attendees and pedagogical-oriented Harkness conversations.

Course Collaborations: We will devote a portion of each day to collaborating on our individual courses. This time will afford you the latitude to engage individually with conference leaders, to leverage the disparate expertise of other Institute attendees, and to generally engage the creative joys of course building and planning.

Field Trips:  In the attempt to put ourselves in our students’ shoes as learners and to model the sorts of field trips possible in our own courses, we will embark on a handful of local field trips, one of which will include an overnight camping excursion.

Evening Events: Evenings will be devoted to a series of Institute-related events including a Keynote Address, a Coffeehouse Reading at The Word Barn (a local literary venue), and a presentation by Milkweed Editions on the Environmental Publishing world.

Social Gatherings:  You will have the opportunity to participate in both Institute-specific and conference-wide social gatherings.

Once registered, you can expect to receive a pre-conference survey that Institute leaders will use to help tailor our daily activities and the agenda for the week to meet the specific goals of the attendees. We hope that you will join us for the inaugural institute and play a role in the founding of a collaborative community of teachers committed to enhancing the discourse on secondary school environmental humanities.