Good News! Got a Job! Read All About It!

All the blogging guides that I read before starting this blog said that you should update your blog as often as possible, preferably daily. Still, I feel embarrassed to be posting for the third straight day, as I usually only post a few times per month. But, I guess the good news I have qualifies … Continue reading Good News! Got a Job! Read All About It!

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Ecophobia Revisited

The summary of the successful ecophobia webinar with Dr. Simon Estok this past spring is finally available on the EASLCE website here. The summary was mostly written by my colleague with whom I coordinated the webinar. I took the liberty of also posting the summary here, so here you go: Summary On May 22nd 2017 … Continue reading Ecophobia Revisited

First Days at University of Jyväskylä

Well, it's my lunch break on the Friday of my first week as a Doctoral Student at the University of Jyväskylä and I thought I'd write a little update. I'm actually working from home today for a change because I have the place to myself. Anyway, I talked at length in the previous post about … Continue reading First Days at University of Jyväskylä

Last Day at University of Vaasa…Well kind of

"The last days and times are surely here." - Wu-Tang Clan, Impossible So, today's the last day for me as a student at the University of Vaasa. Starting tomorrow, I'll be a Doctoral Student at the University of Jyväskylä. Those are the simple facts but in reality, things are a bit more complicated so let's … Continue reading Last Day at University of Vaasa…Well kind of

Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Believe in Ecocriticism, and ye shall be established; believe its prophets, and ye shall prosper! The first day of spring yesterday was a fun one. I was invited* to give a lecture on ecocriticism to a class of high schoolers at the international IB high school here in Vaasa. The idea was that since the students are right now getting ready … Continue reading Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

ASLE Is Standing Up for Standing Rock

ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) has approached their members to sign a statement of support for the water protectors at Standing Rock. The statement is below in italics. I thought I'd just post it here to spread the word. If you're a member of ASLE, you too can sign. ASLE states … Continue reading ASLE Is Standing Up for Standing Rock

Final Words on Turkey and Some Thoughts on Academic Life in Finland

I've now been back in Finland for over a month after my exchange period at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, and have gotten some perspective on my time there, as well as to my future here in Finland. First, I promised in my last Turkey Diaries post that I'd tell my final grade for the … Continue reading Final Words on Turkey and Some Thoughts on Academic Life in Finland