Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter

Join us June 25-30, 2023

The Environmental Literature Institute is a five-day program cultivating a community of educators interested in environmentally focused teaching and learning. The conference is designed to expand thinking about environmental education, and is open to middle, secondary and post-secondary educators in all disciplines. Participating classroom teachers — as well as administrators, sustainability coordinators and outdoor educators — leave the institute revitalized and equipped with the resources to develop courses or refine curriculum for existing courses or programs.


ELI was transformative to my work as a teacher. It opened me to so many new ways of seeing and interacting with literature."

The schedule for the week will include a formal introduction to Exeter’s Harkness pedagogy and significant practice time; workshops dedicated to environmental pedagogy; time to collaborate on individual course or curriculum projects, and off-campus field trips to help participants step into the role of students and connect with the local area. 

For a glimpse of prior Environmental Literature Institutes, please see Michael Brosnan’s blog piece about ELI 2017; and news stories from The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE): ELI 2022ELI 2019ELI 2018ELI 2017ELI 2016.

'I learned a ton!'

See what past participants say about ELI.


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Award-winning writer Camille Dungy

Lauren Rosen, conference manager

Jason BreMiller, Environmental Literature Institute director