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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 4/2 - 4/8

If you missed David Bollier's talk, "The Commons as a Counterpoint to the Market/State Duopoly," you can view the video here.

James L. Wescoat, Jr.: "Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape"

Thursday, April 5, at 4:10pm in Cohen 203
James L. Wescoat, Jr., is Aga Khan Professor in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at M.I.T. His research has concentrated on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. He led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volume on Mughal Gardens: Sources, Places, Representations, Prospects, and The Mughal Garden: Interpretation, Conservation, and Implications with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. More recently, he led an NSF-funded project on "Water and Poverty in Colorado." He is currently conducting comparative research on international water problems. In 2003, he published Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press); and in 2007 he co-edited Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer Publishing) for LAF Landscape Futures Initiative.

Sponsors: The 2011/12 "Sacred Ecology" Faculty Fellows Program of the Warren Center for the Humanities and the History of Art Department.

Symposium: A Responsible Endowment for Vanderbilt

Friday, April 6th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
126 Wilson Hall

Featuring the Oakland Institute and the Responsible Endowments Coalition

It's our endowment, it's our responsibility. Join the Responsible Endowment Campaign in talking about the endowment at Vanderbilt and how we can work together to ensure our investments reflect the values of our University.

  • Part 1 - Anuradha Mittal (Executive Director of the Oakland Institute) and Jeff Furman (Oakland Institute Board and Chair of the Ben & Jerry's Corporate Board) present their research on Vanderbilt’s investment in Africa

  • Part 2 - Dan Apfel (Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition) discusses how Vanderbilt University can move toward a more responsible endowment structure like Columbia, Yale, Brown, and Duke


Call for Participants: Shade Grown

Wednesday, April 18, 5:00 pm
Commons Dining Hall

Please join the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) as we celebrate Earth Day with Shade Grown, a coffee house and open mic night showcasing creative performances related to sustainability and the environment. SEMO will be partnering with Vanderbilt Dining and the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies to provide free shade grown coffee and cake. The event will take place Wednesday, April 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Commons Dining Hall, please come out and join us! If you know of any students or staff who would be interested in sharing poetry, spoken word, songs, stand-up comedy, or other short performances related to sustainability and the environment, please have them contact our office by emailing or calling 3.2784.

While advance notice of intent to perform is not required, participants giving advance notice will be given priority. Contributors are encouraged to limit performances to 10 minutes or less. Consideration will be given to longer works; however, advanced notification is required.

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Upcoming Events

4/5 4:10 p.m.
James Wescoat, Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape

4/6 4:00 p.m.
Symposium: A Responsible Endowment for Vanderbilt

4/18 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Northwest Earth Institute Course Intro

4/18 5:00 p.m.
Shade Grown: An Evening of Environmental Poetry, Spoken Word, Songs, Comedy and Short Performances


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