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June 20, 2017 | All Day View Recurrence Dates
Category: Conference
Location: Student Center | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Occurring: Daily until June, 24th 2017 View Recurrence Dates
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

ASLE: Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's Twelfth Biennial Conference, “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery,” will be held at Wayne State University June 20-24, 2017. The conference has been organized by faculty and staff at Wayne State, University of Michigan, and Oakland University, in partnership with the national leadership of ASLE. ASLE seeks to inspire and promote intellectual work in the environmental humanities and arts. Our vision is an inclusive community whose members are committed to environmental research, education, literature, art and service, environmental justice, and ecological sustainability.

The 2017 conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists to celebrate the nature of the Rust Belt and the Great Lakes, and to ask critical environmental questions. “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery,” the conference theme, reflects its host city, highlighting the struggle for environmental justice embodied by Detroit and its people. Plenary speakers, including poet Ross Gay, MacArthur fellow Tiya Miles, and other prominent activists and scholars, will address issues such as Detroit and the history of abolition, the place of humor in environmentalism, the legacy of Henry David Thoreau, and the evolution of the Digital Humanities.

Some conference events are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, June 20, a special panel on “Detroit Water Wars: Empire and Ecology in the Postindustrial Heartland” will draw local scientists, activists, and poets into conversation. Midtown businesses, galleries, and arts organizations, such as Source Booksellers, Motor City Brewery, the Simone DeSousa Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Scarab Club, will host live music, poetry, and experimental film for the “Cultural Crawl” on Thursday, June 22. A free screening and discussion of the film Watermark (2014, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky) will be held at the Detroit Film Theater on Friday, June 23.

More information can be found at the conference website,

For more information about this event, please contact Elena Past at 313-577-9554 or