Ninth Biannual Conference on John Burroughs & Nature Writing hosted by SUNY Oneonta

The ninth biannual “Sharp Eyes” Nature Writing Conference was held at SUNY College at Oneonta from June 6-9, 2016, and drew approximately sixty participants and guests including eighteen students enrolled in the associated undergraduate seminar. The theme of this year’s conference, which was ASLE-affiliated, was “Local, Regional, Global: The Many Faces of Nature Writing” which inspired a wide range of presentations and numerous lively discussions.

The multidisciplinary aspect of environmental literature was fully evident at the conference, which featured presentations from scholars in scientific disciplines such as biology and geology in addition to the humanities. Once again the conference drew participants from distant places to Oneonta, including Dr. Susan Hanson from Texas State University at San Marcos, Dr. Ufuk Ozdag from the Haceteppe University in Ankara, Turkey, and Dr. Erika Lemmer from the University of South Africa. The keynote address was delivered by former ASLE president Dr. John Tallmadge. Dr. Tallmadge’s presentation was entitled “The Spiritual Path of American Nature Writing,”