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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2016 Year in Blogging Review

I started this blog 4 January 2016+today is 4 January 2017=this blog has its one-year birthday today! It's been an interesting ride, thanks to all the people who have followed along and bothered to comment, either in public or in person! The stated goal in my first post was to blog roughly on a weekly [...]