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Paper discusses literature and the environment

Douglas Dowland, assistant professor of English, presented a paper, "Reading Environments," at the Modern Language Association conference, Jan. 10, in Chicago. Dowland's paper explored the ways in which the texts in his "Literature and the Environment" course encourage students to think more closely about, and make connections between, literature and environmental issues. Dowland also discussed on-campus nature observation as a way for students to apply literary techniques found in the course texts, and to better "read" the local environment in order to foster environmental literacy.