Featured Research & Projects

Herbaria 3.0 cultural collection human plant relationships

Herbaria 3.0: Plants are everywhere, and everyone has a story to tell about a plant

ASLE members Tina Gianquitto and Lauren LaFauci, together with an interdisciplinary team consisting of two plant biologists and a pedagogy expert, recently launched Herbaria 3.0 (www.herbaria3.org), a collaborative digital humanities project. Herbaria 3.0 collects, shares, and archives stories about plants and people from all over the world.

The project began with a question posed by team member Dawn Sanders—“where can a plant take you?” …

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Articulate Detroit

Madison Jones and Jacob Greene, University of Florida

Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality was funded by an ASLE Subvention Grant. The project uses mobile technology to create an interactive map of a walkable route on Woodward Avenue. This walking route is equipped with location-specific augmented reality (AR) overlays. These overlays allow users to visualize the complex spatial networks that make up the city of Detroit. Building from Jeff Rice’s work in Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network, this open-access digital humanities project seeks to …

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Coffee with Hx2

Heidi Hutner, Stony Brook University

Heidi Hutner, PhD, teaches and writes about environmental literature, and film, environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and film and media at Stony Brook University, where she is the director of the Sustainability Studies Program and an Associate Dean in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Hutner is an active public speaker on environmental issues.

She’s also the host of a new internet sustainability show, Coffee with Hx2. In each episode she sits down to talk with luminaries in many fields of the environmental arts, …

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A Modern Sense of Place in The Common

Jennifer Acker, Editor

Finding the extraordinary in the common has long been the mission of literature. Inspired by this, and the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to deepen our individual and collective sense of place through bold, engaging literature and art. The magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and images (online and in print) that invoke a modern sense of place, real or imagined; from deserts to teeming ports; from Winnipeg to Beijing; from …

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Climate Change Is Everybody’s Business

Sue Ellen Campbell, Colorado State University

By the spring of 2007, SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo (ASLE members, writers, English Department colleagues, spouses) had become truly alarmed about climate change. Determined to find something they might do that felt more immediate and practical than writing, they collected ideas from colleagues around campus, noodled around at their kitchen table, and, in very short order, with nobody’s permission and almost no money (though support of all kinds appeared right away), started the education and outreach initiative they called Changing Climates @ …

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Journeys to Amazonia

Juan Carlos Galeano, Florida State University

ASLE member Juan Carlos Galeano’s interests in cultures of the Amazon basin and the natural world are reflected in his current literary projects and in his direction of the Florida State University program “Learning and Service: Journey to Amazonia” in Peru.

His current creative projects include a collection of poems, “The river,” that he envisions as an ontology of rivers portraying them as sentient beings in interactions with humans and their territorial surroundings. With the Amazon river and its tributaries as a source of …

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The Sustainable Food Movement

Dan Phillipon

Dan Philippon, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, current research exploring discourses about the sustainable food movement began during a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) in Munich, Germany. Learn more about this innovative project by watching a video that RCC produced in 2011. Video produced by the RCC in (2011).

Spring Creek Project

Kathleen Dean Moore

ASLE member Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University engages the most urgent environmental issues of our times while remembering and sharing our perennial sources of joy, wonder, and gratitude. The Spring Creek Project is a convening organization that sponsors writers’ residencies, readings, lectures, conversations, and symposia on issues and themes of critical importance to the health of humans and nature.

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